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We're flexing our research muscles today in the papers of sculptor Adolph Weinman.

Here's a page from his annotated sketchbook of human anatomy. Browse the collection at http://s.si.edu/2iC7nQn #ArchivesWorkout #ArchivesFind

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Is that spilled milk or a squirrel?

Charles Green Shaw (1892-1974) explored his delights and his passions through a variety of professions: journalist, children’s book author, and poet. His 1947 children’s book, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, urged children to use their imaginations when looking at the world around them. http://s.si.edu/2j6Fy1C #NationalMilkDay
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We interviewed painter Barkley Hendricks in 2009 as part of our Oral History Program. Read the interview transcript at http://s.si.edu/2hQvDsX

Explore our related exhibition "Expanding the Legacy: New Collections on African American Art," which is on view through March 21 in Washington, DC, http://s.si.edu/2cPBu42. #expandingthelegacy
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Happy Meow Year from the Archives of American Art!

image: Susan Rhodes card to David Ireland, ca. 1980. David Ireland papers. http://s.si.edu/2hNxCCe
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Year in Review: Highlights from the Archives of American Art

In 2016, we added 31 digitized collections to our website for a total 179 digitized collections. This week, we're counting down the top five most visited digitized collections.

5. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, http://s.si.edu/2eK1jji

The papers of abstract expressionist painters Jackson Pollock and wife Lee Krasner measure 15.6 linear feet and date from circa 1914 to 1984, with the bulk of the material dating from 1942 to 1984. The collection documents their personal and professional lives, as well as the legacy of Jackson Pollock's work after his death. Found are biographical material, correspondence, writings by Krasner and others, research material, business and financial records, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork by others, photographs, interview transcripts, audio and video recordings, and motion picture film.

image: Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in his studio, 1950 / Larry Larkin, photographer.
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We wish you happiness, peace, and pie this Christmas!

Christmas card by Peter Hunt, undated. Peter Hunt papers, http://s.si.edu/2h3t7SG.
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We acquired the Bob Thompson papers between 2006 and 2012. These papers richly detail the painter’s dynamic life and career.

From New York to Paris, London to Ibiza, Thompson and his wife, Carol, were prominent figures in local artistic communities. A scrapbook features photos of the Thompsons and their friends at parties and studios. The scrapbook is currently on view in our exhibition 'Expanding the Legacy: New Collections on African American Art' in our Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in Washington, DC, http://s.si.edu/2cPBu42
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Birthday boy John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) in his Paris studio with Madame X (now at The Met) http://s.si.edu/2io5vco
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Sargent must have had a thing for this model. I know that I have ever since I saw another of his paintings of her at the Cincinnati Art Museum back in 1977. That one is on the same size canvas and she is wearing the same dress but she is looking forward in that painting. There is another painting of her that he did hanging in the Chicago Art Institute, luckily for me I did not see that one until I was a much more mature adult. Again he used the same size canvas but in this one she is nude.
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We interviewed painter Barkley Hendricks in 2009. Read the interview transcript at s.si.edu/2hQvDsX #expandingthelegacy
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#TinyTuesday snapshot of Jay DeFeo's cat, Pooh. Taken in DeFeo's San Fran studio where she worked on The Rose. #ArchivesFind
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Year in Review: Highlights from the Archives of American Art
In 2016, we added 31 digitized collections to our website for a total 179 digitized collections. This week, we're counting down the top five most visited digitized collections.

1. Downtown Gallery records, http://s.si.edu/2h4LF6J

The Downtown Gallery records constitute 109 linear feet and date from 1824 to 1974. The extensive records present a comprehensive portrait of a significant commercial gallery that operated as a successful business for more than forty years, representing major contemporary American artists and engendering appreciation for early American folk art. Edith Halpert, the gallery's founder and director, was an influential force in the American art world for a large part of the twentieth century.

image: Folk art exhibition at the Downtown Gallery, between 1950 and 1970 / unidentified photographer.
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Year in Review: Highlights from the Archives of American Art
In 2016, we added 31 digitized collections to our website for a total 179 digitized collections. This week, we're counting down the top five most visited digitized collections.

2. Marcel Breuer papers, http://s.si.edu/2h4RjWG

The Marcel Breuer papers span the years 1920 to 1986 and measure 37.6 linear feet. They consist of biographical material, correspondence, business and financial records, interviews, notes, writings, sketches, project files, exhibition files, photographs, and printed material that document Breuer's career as an architect and designer. This material reflects the diversity of his creations, from tubular steel chairs to private residences, college campuses, factories, department stores, and international, municipal, and corporate headquarters and complexes.

image: UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Marcel Breuer and Bernard Zehrfuss, Architects; Pier Luigi Nervi, Structural Engineer, 1953 / unidentified photographer.
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The world's largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.
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The Archives of American Art is the world’s pre-eminent and most widely used research center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America.

Our vast holdings—more than 16 million letters, diaries and scrapbooks of artists, dealers, and collectors; manuscripts of critics and scholars; business and financial records of museums, galleries, schools, and associations; photographs of art world figures and events; sketches and sketchbooks; rare printed material; film, audio and video recordings; and the largest collection of oral histories anywhere on the subject of art—are a vital resource to anyone interested in American culture over the past 200 years.

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