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Galleria dell'Ariete records, 1955-1993, undated.

Galleria dell'Ariete.

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  • Title:
    Galleria dell'Ariete records, 1955-1993, undated.
  • Author/Creator: Galleria dell'Ariete.
  • Creation Date: 1955-1993, undated.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Beatrice Monti della Corte opened the Galleria dell'Ariete at Via San Andrea, 5, Milan, Italy in 1955, when she was twenty-five years old, principally as a showplace for modern art. She showed a range of works from 17th-century Indian minatures to 19th-century American quilts, but the focus of the gallery was the work of living artists. The Galleria dell'Ariete rapidly became one of the foremost galleries for contemporary art, introducing young Italian artists to American collectors and promoting contemporary American artists in Italy through associations with the galleries Kasmin and Waddington in London, and Leo Castelli and Betty Parsons in New York. She also exhibited English artists, including Francis Bacon and David Hockney, and modern Asian art. In 1970 Monti della Corte opened the Ariete Grafica, dedicated to drawings, prints, and editons of small sculptures. She closed Gallerie dell'Ariete as an exhibition space in 1979, though she maintained an office and continued dealing until about 1983. Ariete Grafica remained open into the mid-1980s. As late as 1993 Monti delle Corti was using the Via San Andrea address to loan artworks from her personal collection, but her galleries were by then closed.
  • Arrangement: Organized in four series: Series I. Correspondence, 1955-1983; Series II. Photographic documentation, 1955-1979, undated; Series III. Business records, 1955-1993, undated; Series IV. Clippings, catalogs, other publications, 1955-1977, undated.
  • Physical Desc.: ca. 46.43 linear ft. (88 boxes, 2 flat file folders).
  • Summary: The Galleria dell'Ariete records contain all of the surviving business papers of the gallery from its foundation by Beatrice Monti della Corte in 1955 to its closure as a gallery in 1979, plus papers connected with her continued activities under the gallery's name during the following few years. Also included are the business records of the Galleria's offshoot, Ariete Grafica, from its opening in 1970 to the mid-1980s.
    These records comprise correspondence (letters received and copies of letters sent) with dealers, collectors, and artists in many countries; business records including accounts and stock cards, which give extensive information on the acquisition, sale and movement of works of art; and business diaries and minute books, the earliest of which include the articles of association and the statutes of the Galleria. The correspondence is arranged by region (Europe, the United States, and Asia) and then chronologically. Artists represented in the collection include: Appel, Arakawa, Cascella, Castellani, Dorazio, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, King, Merlotti, Saura, Sutherland, Takahashi, and Tapies, among others.
    These materials are supplemented by an extensive file of press clippings, which include notices about specific exhibitions at the Galleria, articles about artists, and some items of general interest about art and culture. There is a complete run of catalogs for the Galleria's exhibitions from 1955-1979, with related ephemera, and a collection of pages of signatures from visitors' books put out for some of the exhibitions. A comprehensive photographic archive documents works of art and exhibitions, and includes photographs of artists and other individuals, and of gallery activities. Photographers include Carlo Cisventi, Ugo Mulas, Hans Namuth, and Vicenzo Satta, among others.
  • Language: Italian
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Inventory available in the repository; folder-level control.
  • Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs
    Carbon copies
    Color photographs
    Contact sheets
  • Subjects: Appel, Karel, 1921-2006 Arakawa, Shūsaku, 1936-2010 Francis, Sam, 1923-1994 Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011 King, Phillip, 1934- Monti della Corte von Rezzori, Beatrice Saura, Antonio, 1930-1998 Scordia, Antonio, 1918- Sutherland, Graham Vivian, 1903-1980 Takahashi, Shū Ariete Grafica Art, Asian -- 20th century Art, American -- 20th century Art, European -- 20th century Art dealers -- Europe Art dealers -- Italy Art dealers -- United States Collectors and collecting
  • Contributors: Appel, Karel, 1921-2006. Arakawa, Shūsaku, 1936-2010. Castelli, Leo. Cisventi, Carlo. Francis, Sam, 1923-1994. Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-2011. King, Phillip, 1934-. Monti della Corte von Rezzori, Beatrice. Mulas, Ugo. Namuth, Hans. Parsons, Betty. Satta, Vincenzo, 1937-. Saura, Antonio, 1930-1998. Scordia, Antonio, 1918-. Sonnabend, Ileana. Sutherland, Graham Vivian, 1903-1980. Takahashi, Shū. Tàpies, Antoni, 1923-2012. Betty Parsons Gallery. Kasmin Limited. Leo Castelli Gallery.
  • ID/Accession Number: 1545-200
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 80190871
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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