Profile

Cover photo
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
486 followers|53,762 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

 
What color is snow? Oscar Bluemner’s source files, which he organized by “art motifs,” often informed his paintings. In one file, he gathered materials concerning the aesthetics of snow. “The lower sky is a beautiful pale turquoise blue making the white snow grow,” he observed in some notes. Many annotations are written in German, Bluemner’s native language. Find more source materials on our exhibition webpage http://s.si.edu/1Sc8Nrk
Exhibition: Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art - Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
1
Add a comment...
 
Although it's the last day of Women's History Month (also known as the month of March), this letter keeps us motivated year round. Crush it.

Nancy Spero to Lucy R. Lippard, 1971 Oct. 29. Lucy R. Lippard papers, 1930s-2010.
s.si.edu/1q5tjTu
#5womenartists #DearLucy
3
1
Add a comment...
 
Terry the Dog is always showing off on Leap Day. Here he leaps through the arms of artist Allen Tupper True. s.si.edu/1TMMWeS
1
Add a comment...
 
Tomorrow is #ArchivesShelfie Day! Strike a pose like John Singer Sargent. http://s.si.edu/1PHEpc8
2
Add a comment...
 
Hurray! It's #NationalHandwriting Day. Browse our 2013 exhibit #ArtofHandwriting http://s.si.edu/19Bo2VJ
Exhibition: The Art of Handwriting - Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
1
Add a comment...
Have them in circles
486 people
Mary Savig's profile photo
Huong Art's profile photo
Marika “Marika Mazzi TPR” Mazzi's profile photo
maria  ayet reverter's profile photo
Anggur Merah's profile photo
IBEU CEARÁ's profile photo
Cristina Zarate's profile photo
Paley Studios's profile photo
Smithsonian Science Education Center's profile photo
 
Many of Dotty Attie's artworks begin with a postcards or a reproduction of a classical European painting. “I really like my sources. . . . I’ve always been a referential artist; I’ve always had to work from something,” the artist wrote in a 1992 statement. The source of this sketch is "Infanta María Teresa" by Diego Velázquez (1660). Attie's sketchbook and related documents are currently on view in our exhibit "Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art" http://s.si.edu/1Sc8Nrk #FindingSources
Exhibition: Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art - Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
1
1
Add a comment...
 
"Feminist art opens a new world of vision!" wrote painter Audrey Flack in response to the question "What is Feminist Art?"

The question was posed by organizers at the Woman's Building in 1976. Browse other responses by women artists at http://s.si.edu/1Rh8Si1
collections image and media gallery what is feminist art
1
Add a comment...
 
Louise Nevelson was one of the giants of 20th century American sculpture. A good one to know next time you’re asked to name #5womenartists. Learn more about her in her fully digitized papers on our site: http://s.si.edu/1TnVk4K

Image: Louise Nevelson, ca. 1931 / unidentified photographer.

Quote: Katherine P. Rouse essay on Louise Nevelson, 1966 Jan. 26, page 2.

Both from: Louise Nevelson papers, circa 1903-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
1
Add a comment...
 
Frida Kahlo is ready for #ArchivesShelfie Day tomorrow. Are you?
1
Add a comment...
 
We are throwing a birthday party for painter Robert Motherwell! To mark the occasion, we will give away 101 free birthday cupcakes and share fun facts about Motherwells’ remarkable life. Join us in the Kogod Courtyard on January 24 at 1:00 pm. Details at http://s.si.edu/1PXOmyR

Image source: Motherwell painting in his studio on Fourteenth St. in New York, 1952. Photograph by Kay Bell Reynal. http://s.si.edu/1UPjbHf
News release: A Birthday Celebration for Robert Motherwell - Archives of American Art
4
1
Add a comment...
People
Have them in circles
486 people
Mary Savig's profile photo
Huong Art's profile photo
Marika “Marika Mazzi TPR” Mazzi's profile photo
maria  ayet reverter's profile photo
Anggur Merah's profile photo
IBEU CEARÁ's profile photo
Cristina Zarate's profile photo
Paley Studios's profile photo
Smithsonian Science Education Center's profile photo
Contact Information
Contact info
Phone
202-633-7940
Story
Tagline
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.
Introduction

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.

Explore and Search our Archival Research Collections

For comment policy and terms of use, see si.edu/termsofuse