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Lawrence Alloway papers, 1935-2003.

Alloway, Lawrence, 1926-1990.

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  • Title:
    Lawrence Alloway papers, 1935-2003.
  • Author/Creator: Alloway, Lawrence, 1926-1990.
  • Creation Date: 1935-2003.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Lawrence Alloway, born in England and largely self-educated , became a major 20th century critic of American art, known for his pluralism and inclusiveness.
  • Arrangement: Organized in 9 series: Series I: Correspondence, 1938-2000; Series II: Work files, 1935-1995; Series III: Professional organizations, 1958-1959; Series IV: Teaching files, 1960-1981; Series V: Personal, 1942-1990; Series VI: Writings by others, 1947-2003; Series VII: Photographs and slides of art, circa 1950-circa 1980; Series VIII: Audiovisual, undated; Series IX: Posters, 1964-1981.
  • Physical Desc.: 47.58 linear ft. (81 boxes; 5 flat file folders).
    1 videocassette of 1 (U-Matic) (10 mins) ; 3/4 in. original..
    1 videocassette of 1 (BetacamSP) (10 mins) ; 1/2 in. archival master..
    1 videocassette of 1 (Digital Betacam) (10 mins) ; 1/2 in. copy master..
    1 videodisc of 1 (DVD) (10 mins) ; 4 3/4 in. use copy..
    8 sound discs of 8 (CD) : digital, mono; 4 3/4 in. use copies..
    7 audio cassettes: analog. original..
    5 sound tape reels: analog, 3 3/4 ips; 1/4 in. original..
    1 film reel; 16 mm. original..
  • Summary: The Lawrence Alloway papers span the critic's entire career, including his earliest reviews, notes, and writings in 1940s England. In Series I his assiduous correspondence with Sylvia Sleigh from the early 1950s portrays the workings of his mind and the development of his ideas in the period just before his relocation to America. It also shows his impetuous personality and devotion to the person who remained his closest companion for the rest of his life. Other correspondence is relatively scant, though there are a number of letters from the artist Ray Johnson, and a photocopied set of correspondence between Alloway and Jean Dubuffet.
    Series II. Work files reflect the topics to which Alloway repeatedly returned, such as abstract expressionism, conceptual art, pop art, museum politics, realism, women's art, Betty Parsons, and also artists who interested him, such as Audrey Flack, Rosemary Mayer, Robert Smithson, Vito Acconci, Allan Kaprow and Barnett Newman. These files comprise clippings, brochures, notes, and writings, while Series VI. Photographs and slides of art, comprise a visual record of these interests. Series V. Personal contains photographs and drawings of Alloway in his professional life and at home with Sleigh. Poetry by Alloway is included in letters to Sleigh and in Series II.B. Writings.
  • Language: English
  • Notes: ADD1: Gift of The Estate of Sylvia Sleigh Alloway.
  • Form/Genre: Audiotapes -- United States -- 20th century
    Drawings -- United States -- 20th century
    Photographs, original -- United States -- 20th century
    Photographic prints -- United States -- 20th century
    Videocassettes -- United States -- 20th century
    Motion pictures -- United States -- 20th century
  • Subjects: Acconci, Vito, 1940-2017 Alloway, Lawrence, 1926-1990 Flack, Audrey Kaprow, Allan Mayer, Rosemary Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970 Parsons, Betty Sleigh, Sylvia Smithson, Robert Abstract expressionism Art, American -- 20th century Art criticism Conceptual art Feminism and art -- United States Pop art Realism in art -- United States -- 20th century Women artists -- United States -- 20th century
  • Contributors: Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985. Johnson, Ray Mayer, Rosemary. Sleigh, Sylvia.
  • ID/Accession Number: 2609-934
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers. Use copies available for C1-C5 and V1. Other audio visual material unavailable until reformatting is complete.
  • OCLC Record Number: 82095250
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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