INVENTORY OF THE DAVID LAMELAS PAPERS, 1964-1997

Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Osorio.


Descriptive Summary

Title: David Lamelas papers
Date (inclusive): 1964-1997
Number: 2005.M.12
Creator/Collector: Lamelas, David, 1946-
Physical Description: 4.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: The personal and professional papers of Argentinean sculptor and filmmaker David Lamelas provide an overview of Lamelas's artistic practices and the development of his work from sculpture to architecture, film, and conceptual installations. Drawings, sketches, notes, plans, photographs, correspondence, sketchbooks, and other papers produced or collected by Lamelas document selected work from his early period in Buenos Aires, through his projects in Europe and North America and his latest work in the 1990s.
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Language: Collection material is in English and Spanish.

Biographical/Historical Note

Argentinian artist David Lamelas is one of the pioneers of Conceptual Art. The son of Spanish immigrants, Lamelas was born in Buenos Aires in 1946 (or 1944?). While in his teens, he studied art at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes, with an early focus on sculpture; he began exhibiting his work in Buenos Aires around this time. At the age of 21, he represented Argentina at the 1967 Bienal Internacional de Sáo Paulo, with a work of architectural intervention, Dos Espacios Modificados (Two Modified Spaces). That same year, Lamelas created his important installation, Situación de tiempo (Time situation), in Buenos Aires. He represented Argentina at the XX Venice Biennale with the installation piece "Office of Information about the Vietnam War at Three Levels: The Visual Image Text, and Audio."
In 1968 Lamelas left Argentina for London, where he studied sculpture at St. Martins School of Art. During his time at St. Martins he developed an interest in film. Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s Lamelas continued to work and exhibit in Europe. He was a pioneer in the radical repositioning of sculpture at this time, using new materials and modes of production. Lamelas moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s and currently makes his home in Berlin. He has continued to make films and videos, including works such as "Film Script," "To Pour Milk Into a Glass," and "The Dictator." Among his better known non-film works are "The Other Side/El Otro Lado," an installation project that was part of InSITE97 binational exhibition of art in public places, and "Publication," a book as art exhibition.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

David Lamelas papers, 1964-1997. The Getty Research Insititute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2005.M.12

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 2005.

Processing History

Jennifer Osorio processed and arranged the archive in March 2006, under the supervision of Jocelyn Gibbs.

Scope and Content of Collection

The papers of David Lamelas primarily comprise preparatory notes, sketches and drawings for installation and film works from the period after he left Argentina in 1964 to 1997, when he was living in Los Angeles. The archive also contains a number of photographs and negatives (including some personal images), manuscripts of film scripts, correspondence, and assorted ephemera such as gallery invitations and publicity postcards. The archive includes several small journals that contain sketches and notes, and writings on a variety of topics.
The sketches, drawings and notes give particular insight into the working processes involved in the creation of highly conceptual art in a variety of mediums. The collection provides a portrait of his working processes and the development of his work from sculpture to architecture, film, and conceptual installations. This fundamental period of Lamelas's artistic practice became the basis of his future work, for which he has received critical acclaim.

Arrangement note

Arranged in 8 series: Series I. Sculptural and installation works, 1960-2004; Series II. Films, 1969-2004; Series III. Textual works, ca. 1970; Series IV. Proposals and notes for unrealized works, undated; Series V. Correspondence, 1956-1977; Series VI. Personal documents and writings, 1967-1994; Series VII. Photographic materials, 1944-1997; Series VIII. Printed matter, 1967-1989

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Lamelas, David, 1946-

Subjects - Corporate Bodies

Bienal Internacional de São Paulo
Centro de Artes Visuales (Instituto Torcuato Di Tella)

Subjects - Topics

Art--Modern--20th century
Artists--Latin American
Cinematography, Abstract
Conceptual Art
Experimental Films--Argentina
Installations (Art)

Subjects - Titles

David Lamelas: fifteen years: October 1978, Center of Art and Communication.

Genres and Forms of Material

Correspondence
Drawings (visual works)
Film stills
Photographic prints
Photographs, Original
Posters--20th century
Screenplays
Sketchbooks--20th Century
Storyboards

Contributors

Bienal Internacional de São Paulo
Centro de Artes Visuales (Instituto Torcuato Di Tella)


Container List

 

Series I. Sculptural and installation works 1960-2004

Physical Description: .2 linear feet 11 folders

Scope and Content Note

Series comprises preparatory materials, including notes, drawings and sketches, and correspondence, for sculpture and installation pieces.
Box 1, Folder 1

"A study of relationships between inner and outer space" 1960s

Physical Description: 10.0 items
Box 1, Folder 2

"A study of relationships between inner and outer space," in Spanish 1960s

Physical Description: 12.0 items
Box 1, Folder 3

"Office of information about the Vietnam War at three levels: the visual image, text, and audio" and plans for alternate versions of the "Newsroom" 1968

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 1, Folder 4

Garden project, Christ Church College, Oxford 1968

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 1, Folder 5

InSITE project 1997

Physical Description: 15.0 items
Box 1, Folder 6

"Analysis of elements by which the massive consumption of information takes place" 1968

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 1, Folder 7

Site-specific installation: notes and sketches, plus two silver foil cut-outs undated

Physical Description: 16.0 items
Box 1, Folder 8

Site-specific installations undated

Physical Description: 7.0 items
Box 1, Folder 9-11

Sculptural/installation projects: sketches and drawings undated

Physical Description: 24.0 items
Box 4*, Folder 1-2

Site-specific installations: sketches and drawings undated

Physical Description: 7.0 items
 

Series II. Films 1969-2004

Physical Description: .25 linear feet 13 folders

Scope and Content Note

Notes, drawings and sketches, scripts, and other preparatory materials document Lamelas's film making.
Box 1, Folder 12

"Time as Activity" 1969

Physical Description: 16.0 items
Box 1, Folder 13

"People and Time" 1969

Physical Description: 6.0 items
Box 1, Folder 14

"A new dimension of time" reading by Jorge Luis Borges from film "A new refutation of time" 1970

Physical Description: 5.0 items
Box 1, Folder 15

"Film 18 Paris IV" 1970

Physical Description: 13.0 items
Box 5*, Folder 6

"Film 18 Paris IV" 1970

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 1, Folder 16

"Interview" with Marguerite Duras 1970

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 1, Folder 17

"Cumulative Script" 1971

Physical Description: 7.0 items
Box 1, Folder 18

"To pour milk into a glass" 1972

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 1, Folder 19

"The manipulation of meaning" 1972

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 1, Folder 20

"Film Script" 1972-1975

Physical Description: 16.0 items
Box 1, Folder 21

"The Violent Tapes," LA version, early steps manuscript 1975

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 1, Folder 22

"The Desert People" and notes for another film, unknown title 1985

Physical Description: 7.0 items
Box 1, Folder 23

"The Dictator" and "The Dictator Returns" 1985

Physical Description: 11.0 items
Box 1, Folder 24

"L'effet: Ecrans" 2004

Physical Description: 1.0 item
 

Series III. Textual works ca. 1970

Physical Description: .1 linear feet 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

Materials relate to Lamelas's "Publication" of 1970 and a project for a book.
Box 2, Folder 1

"Publication" 1970

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 2, Folder 1

"Publication" 1970

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 5*, Folder 2-3

"Publication": uncut sheets, annotated 1970

Physical Description: 43.0 items
Box 2, Folder 3

Project for a book undated

Physical Description: 1.0 item
 

Series IV. Proposals and notes for unrealized works undated

Physical Description: .1 linear feet 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

Drawings, notes, written proposals for unrealised works. One drawings is oversize.
Box 2, Folder 4-6

Proposals, notes, sketches, drawings undated

Physical Description: 36.0 items
Box 5*, Folder 4

Oversized drawing for unrealized work undated

Physical Description: 1.0 item
 

Series V. Correspondence 1956-1977

Physical Description: 5.0 folder(s) .15 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

33 letters and telegrams to Lamelas and 30 draft letters from Lamelas.
Box 2, Folder 7

Letters and telegrams to David Lamelas from others 1956-1971

Physical Description: 13.0 items
Box 2, Folder 8

Letters to David Lamelas from others 1972-1977

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 2, Folder 9

Letters to David Lamelas from others undated

Physical Description: 12.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Plus 6 empty envelopes.
Box 2, Folder 10

Drafts of letters from Lamelas to others ca. 1969

Physical Description: 13.0 items
Box 2, Folder 11

Drafts of letters from Lamelas to others undated

Physical Description: 17.0 items
 

Series VI. Personal documents and writings 1967-1994

Physical Description: .2 linear feet 9 folders

Scope and Content Note

Includes school materials (admission papers, English lessons) from Lamelas's time in London, and 4 sketchbooks (1988-1994). Series also contains writings by and about Lamelas in the form of lecture notes, interview transcripts, and essays for catalogues.
Box 2, Folder 12

Saint Martin's School of Art admission documents 1968

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 2, Folder 13

Spiral-bound notebook, notes for English lessons in London ca. 1977

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 2, Folder 14

Small accordion-style sketch book 1988

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 2, Folder 15

Small book with sketches and addresses 1991

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 2, Folder 16

Small fabric-covered sketch book 1991-1993

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 2, Folder 17

Small fabric-covered sketch book 1994

Physical Description: 1.0 item

Scope and Content Note

with loose inserts (2 photographs, one invitation, two post-it notes)
Box 2, Folder 18-20

Writings by and about Lamelas 1967-1972

Physical Description: 31.0 items

Scope and Content Note

Lecture notes, interview transcripts, exhibition catalog notes.
Box 2, Folder 18

1967?

Physical Description: 9.0 items
Box 2, Folder 19

ca. 1968-1970

Physical Description: 11.0 items
Box 2, Folder 20

1972?

Physical Description: 12.0 items
Box 2, Folder 21

Writings by and about Lamelas: lecture notes, interview transcripts, personal notes undated

Physical Description: 12.0 items
 

Series VII. Photographic materials 1944-1997

Physical Description: 14.0 folder(s)

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of family and friends (circa 1944-1960) and photographs of art works, circa 1964-1997.
Box 3, Folder 1

Personal family photographs ca. 1944-1960

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 3, Folder 2

"Time as Activity" and "Signaling of 3 objects" 1966-1969

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 3, Folder 3

Negatives and contact prints for "Lamelas" poster, other works 1964-1966

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 3, Folder 4

"Situacion del Tiempo" 1967

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 3, Folder 5-6

Personal snapshots from Sao Paolo Biennale 1967

Physical Description: 22.0 items
Box 3, Folder 7

"Time '70-71": photographs and contact sheets 1970-1971

Physical Description: 5.0 items
Box 3, Folder 8

Portraits of David Lamelas in Buenos Aires 1960s

Physical Description: 10.0 items
Box 3, Folder 9-10

"The Dictator": photographs 1985

Physical Description: 25.0 items
Box 3, Folder 11

"Manila Run": photographs, contact sheets, negatives 1987

Physical Description: 17.0 items
Box 3, Folder 12

"Gun": photographs 1994

Physical Description: 6.0 items
Box 3, Folder 13

"Viviendas," "Marseille + House": photographs, contact prints, and negatives 1995-1996

Physical Description: 8.0 items
Box 5*, Folder 1

"Encore Bruxelles Show": negatives and contact prints 1997

Physical Description: 5.0 items
Box 3, Folder 14

Black & white photographs of Lamelas undated

Physical Description: 17.0 items
 

Series VIII. Printed matter 1967-1989

Physical Description: 0.25 linear feet 14 folders

Scope and Content Note

Series contains publicity for Lamelas's exhibitions and clippings about his work. Also included are invitations and gallery announcements for exhibits by other artists.
Box 3, Folder 15

Publicity materials for Lamelas's exhibitions 1970-1989

Physical Description: 7.0 items
Box 3, Folder 16

Invitations and announcements for exhibitions by others ca. 1969-1972

Physical Description: 7.0 items
Box 4*, Folder 3

Invitations and announcements for exhibitions by others ca. 1967

Physical Description: 2.0 items
Box 3, Folder 17

Spanish-language newspaper clippings undated

Physical Description: 3.0 items
Box 5*, Folder 5

Portugese-language newspaper clipping about the IX Sao Paolo Biennale 1967

Physical Description: 1.0 item
Box 3, Folder 18

"David Lamelas fifteen years" from the Center of Art and Communication 1978

Physical Description: 1.0 item