INVENTORY OF THE MINIMAL AND CONCEPTUAL ART DOCUMENTS, 1969-1989

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INVENTORY OF THE MINIMAL AND CONCEPTUAL ART DOCUMENTS, 1969-1989

Accession no. 920025

Inventory prepared by Lynda Bunting
Getty Research Institute

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  • The Getty Research Institute
  • Research Library
  • Special Collections and Visual Resources
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
  • Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
  • Phone: (310) 440-7390
  • Fax: (310) 440-7780
  • Email Requests: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/reference_form.html
  • URL: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/
Processed by:
Lynda Bunting
Date Completed:
1993, revised Oct 2005
Encoded by:
Philip Curtis
©1998 J. Paul Getty Trust.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Minimal and Conceptual Art Documents
Date (inclusive): 1969-1989
Collection number: 920025
Extent: ca. 1.5 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Repository: Getty Research Institute
Research Library
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
Abstract: An assembled collection of visual and written documentation, including correspondence and artists' statements, and photographs and drawings relating to gallery installations, sculptural pieces, conceptual pieces, land art, and performances. Includes artists' letters to German critic and editor Werner Lippert and Galleria Toselli in Milan, and materials pertaining to the exhibition Prospect 69 (Dusseldorf, 1969). Includes letters from artists and gallery owners to Konrad Fischer, and some Fluxus printed ephemera.
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Language: Collection material in English

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Minimal and Conceptual Art Documents,1969-1989, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 920025.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the repository in 1992.

Scope and Content of Collection

Visual and written documentation of Minimal and Conceptual art, including miscellaneous correspondence and artists' statements, photographs and drawings relating to gallery installations, sculptural pieces, conceptual pieces, land art and performances. Highlights are: artists' correspondence to German critic and editor Werner Lippert and Milanese gallery owner Franco Toselli, and materials collected regarding the exhibition "Prospect 69" (Düsseldorf, 1969), which includes letters from artists and gallery owners to Konrad Fischer and some Fluxus printed ephemera. The collection also contains miscellaneous drawings, typescripts and photographs of Minimal and Conceptual works, and performances.

Arrangement

Indexing Terms

Subjects

Art, Modern—20th century
Conceptual art
Earthworks (Art)
Fluxus (Group of artists)
Minimal art
Performance art

Extra (Cologne, Germany)

Genres and Forms of Material

Drawings
Photographic prints
Photographs, Original

Contributors

Askevold, David, 1940-
Fischer, Konrad
Graham, Dan, 1942-
Lippert, Werner, 1950-
Salvo, 1947-
Wilson, Ian
Galleria Toselli (Mila, Italy)
Prospect 69 (Exhibition (1969: Düsseldorf, Germany)


 

Series I.  Letters to Werner Lippert, 1972-1977

Physical Description: 7 folders

Scope and Content Note

Series contains unpublished questionnaire responses from artists on the role of "chance" in art, 1972, and on "drawing," 1974 to German writer and critic, Werner Lippert (Mönchengladbach) in his capacity as editor of the publication Extra. Other letters to Lippert regard plans for exhibitions and projects, 1974-1977. There is extensive material from David Askevold and Salvo. Filed alphabetically by respondant.
Box 1, Folder 1

Questionnaire 1, 1972

Scope and Content Note

Lippert asked the following questions relating to chance in art: 1. What do you think "chance" is? 2. What value has chance in art? 3. What influence has chance on your work? Do you work with it or do you try to eliminate its influence? Respondants are: Otmar Alt, Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Max Bill, Chillida, Ruprecht Geiger, Jasper Johns, Edward Kienholz, Lowell Nesbitt, Posen, Nicolas Schöffer, Bernard Schultze, and Paul Wunderlich. Collected for an intended publication.
Box 1, Folder 2

Questionnaire 2, 1974

Scope and Content Note

Original questions unknown, however, they seem to relate to Lippert's request for information on the relationship of drawing to the artists' work and their philosophical influences. Respondants are: Carl Andre, Agnes Denes, Ulrich Erben, Hamish Fulton, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Giulio Paolini, Mel Ramsden, and Franz Erhard Walther.
Box 1, Folder 2

B - Letters of Conceptual artists to Lippert, 1974-1977

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters to Lippert in his capacity as editor of Extra, and others regarding concepts and plans of exhibitions and projects.
Box 1, Folder 3-7

A-Z, and unidentified

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Lippert about exhibition plans and projects.
Box 1, Folder 3

Vito Acconci

Scope and Content Note

three letters.
Box 1, Folder 3

Mac Adams

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Robert Adams

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Carl Andre

Scope and Content Note

two postcards.
Box 1, Folder 3

Arakawa

Scope and Content Note

one postcard.
Box 1, Folder 3

John M. Armleder

Scope and Content Note

two letters.
Box 1, Folder 3

Michael Asher

Scope and Content Note

one postcard.
Box 1, Folder 3

Terry Atkinson

Scope and Content Note

two postcard and two letters.
Box 1, Folder 3

John Baldessari

Scope and Content Note

one postcard.
Box 1, Folder 3

Michael Baldwin

Scope and Content Note

two letters.
Box 1, Folder 3

Lewis Baltz

Scope and Content Note

three letters.
Box 1, Folder 3

Gottfried Bechtold

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Lynda Benglis

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Joseph Beuys

Scope and Content Note

postcard.
Box 1, Folder 3

Mel Bochner

Scope and Content Note

two letters, one postcard.
Box 1, Folder 3

Daniel Buren

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 3

Ian Burn

Scope and Content Note

two letters.
Box 1, Folder 4

David Askevold

Scope and Content Note

ca.30 items.
Box 1, Folder 5

Andre Cadéré

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

James Collins

Scope and Content Note

four postcards and seven letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Michael Corris

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Hanne Darboven

Scope and Content Note

five letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Anges Denes

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Antonio Dias

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Ludwig Ettl

Scope and Content Note

two letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

H.P. Feldmann

Scope and Content Note

three postcards.
Box 1, Folder 5

Iole De Freitas

Scope and Content Note

one postcard and one letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Ralph Gibson

Scope and Content Note

one postcard.
Box 1, Folder 5

Richard Hamilton

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Douglas Huebler

Scope and Content Note

two letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Joseph Kosuth

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Darcy Lance

Scope and Content Note

one postcard.
Box 1, Folder 5

Jean Le Gac

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Sol LeWitt

Scope and Content Note

five postcards and one letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Andrew Menard

Scope and Content Note

one postcard and two letters.
Box 1, Folder 5

Mario Merz?

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 5

Roman Opalka

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 6

Salvo

Scope and Content Note

ca. 20 items.
Box 1, Folder 7

Giulio Paolini

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 7

Irving Penn

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 7

Giuseppe Penone

Scope and Content Note

one postcard, three letters.
Box 1, Folder 7

Anne and Patrick Poirier

Scope and Content Note

three letters.
Box 1, Folder 7

Lucio Pozzi

Scope and Content Note

four letters.
Box 1, Folder 7

Mel Ramsden

Scope and Content Note

one postcard.
Box 1, Folder 7

Marcia Resnick

Scope and Content Note

one postcard and two letters.
Box 1, Folder 7

Gerhard Richter

Scope and Content Note

one postcard.
Box 1, Folder 7

Italo Scanga

Scope and Content Note

two postcards.
Box 1, Folder 7

Niele Toroni

Scope and Content Note

2 letters.
Box 1, Folder 7

Bernard Venet

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 7

Franz Erhard Walther

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 7

Lawrence Weiner

Scope and Content Note

one postcard and one letter.
Box 1, Folder 7

Gilberti Zorio

Scope and Content Note

two letters.
Box 1, Folder 7

Unidentified, (Schede et Alessandro)

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
 

Series II.  Letters to Franco Toselli (Galleria Toselli), 1917-1989

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

Series contains letters, drawings, and typescripts from artists concerning projects for installations, books and conceptual works sent to Franco Toselli at Galleria Toselli. Most date from 1971-1975. Notable are substantial materials from Ian Wilson regarding his "Discussion" series, purchased in part by Toselli, including correspondence, contracts, and three typescript versions of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design "Discussion," October 1971. Also letters, annotated typescripts, and drawings from Dan Graham.
Box 1, Folder 8

Michael Asher, 1973

Scope and Content Note

one letter and folded pencil drawing for a project.
Box 1, Folder 8

John Baldessari, 1973-1974

Scope and Content Note

five letters, a book design for "Choosing: Green Beans," a certificate of authenticity for "Ingres and other Parables," and seven original photographs of old master painting details.
Box 1, Folder 8

Robert Barry, ca. 1971-1972

Scope and Content Note

two handwritten letters, one refering to Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, and four typescripted works.
Box 1, Folder 8

Mel Bochner, 1971

Scope and Content Note

two letters, with references to Panza.
Box 1, Folder 8

Daniel Buren, 1974

Scope and Content Note

one letter and a drawing for a room installation.
Box 1, Folder 8

Alan Charlton, 1971, 1974

Scope and Content Note

one letter, 1974 and a drawing for a painting Toselli purchased, 1971.
Box 1, Folder 8

Jan Dibbets, 1971

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 8

Hamish Fulton, 1972-1974

Scope and Content Note

nine letters and drawings regarding book and exhibition projects, including "Mankinholes - On the Pennine Way.".
Box 1, Folder 8

Douglas Heubler, 1972

Scope and Content Note

four letters, one relating to the trading of "Viable Piece #44."
Box 1, Folder 9

Dan Graham, 1972-1975

Scope and Content Note

letters, manuscripts, including "Intention Intentionality Sequence," photographs, and drawings for various projects. ca.75 items.
Box 1, Folder 10

Barry Le Va, ca. 1974

Scope and Content Note

three letters.
Box 1, Folder 10

Richard Long, 1975

Scope and Content Note

three letters regarding the artist's Cancer Congress poster.
Box 1, Folder 10

Robert Mangold, 1972

Scope and Content Note

three letters regarding a group exhibition.
Box 1, Folder 10

Giulio Paolini, 1969, 1989

Scope and Content Note

one letter, 1969, and one postcard, 1989.
Box 1, Folder 10

Richard Serra, 1973

Scope and Content Note

three page letter, handwritten on Leo Castelli Stationary, and a blueprint for an unrealized "Tower Sculpture," planned for the city of Rome, 1973; letter regarding another project; typescripted conceptual text for "Television Delivers People," with annotations by the artist [Produced by Fay Schoolman March 20, 1973].
Box 1, Folder 10

Richard Tuttle, 1975

Scope and Content Note

one letter.
Box 1, Folder 10

Lawrence Weiner, 1971-1974

Scope and Content Note

four letters with drawings for installations.
Box 1, Folder 11

Ian Wilson Material, ca. 1971-1972

Scope and Content Note

concerning Ian Wilson's "Discussion" series conducted in Milan in 1972, subsequently purchased by Count Giuseppe Panza di Biumo and Franco Toselli. The folder contains correspondence, mostly from Wilson to Tosani, contracts and three manuscript versions of Wilsons' "Discussion" held at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, October 1971 [one transcribed into Italian], ca.45 items.
 

Series III.  "Prospect 69" 1968-1978

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Content Note

Series contains letters to Konrad Fischer, one of the organizers of the "Prospect 69" exhibition ("Internationale Vorschau auf die Kunst in den Galerien der Avantgarde," Herausgeber Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 1969), from artists and gallery owners, primarily regarding catalog production. Other materials includes photographs, drawings, checklists and artist biographies, and a separate folder of Fluxus printed ephemera, 1968-1978.
Box 2, Folder 1-2

Letters, papers, drawings, photographs, 1968-1978

Scope and Content Note

Letters, photographs, drawings, checklists, biographies, other papers, relating to "Prospect 69" ("Internationale Vorschau auf die Kunst in den Galerien der Avantgarde," Herausgeber Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 1969. Konzeption und Organisation: Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf und Hans Strelow, New York). Correspondence is mainly from artists and gallery owners to Fischer and Strelow regarding the catalogue production, including Daniel Buren, Douglas Christmas, Nigel Greenwood, Gian Enzo Sperone, M.J. Martínez Seiquer, Marilyn Fischbach, Yvon Lambert and Ileana Sonnabend. Other material includes typescripted interviews with Douglas Huebler, Robert Barry, Joseph Kosuth and Lawrence Weiner. Folders also contain printed Fluxus ephemera, such as issues one and two of Le Petit Colosse de Simi , the Nothing Else Review. See oversize Box 3, folders 1-3 for more photographs, project and installation drawings and Fluxus ephemera (ca. 1965-79), such as 14 Daniel Spoerri "Eat Art" posters, 1970-1973, 5 pieces of felt "stationary" signed by Joseph Beuys and Jürg, and a "John Cage a Geneve" poster, 1978.
 

Series IV.  Miscellaneous drawings and typescripts, 1975

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Content Note

Series holds original drawings by artists of Minimal and Conceptual works and installations. With a small quantity of typescripts.
Box 2, Folder 3

Arcelli & Comini, 1975

Scope and Content Note

"Melopea," typescript, 2 pages, Milan.
Box 2, Folder 3

Robert Barry, 1967

Scope and Content Note

original work, "One Piece."
Box 2, Folder 3

James Lee Byars, ca. 1987

Scope and Content Note

two letters to Egidio Marzona with fancy gold crayon script on black paper, one with confetti.
Box 2, Folder 3

Nancy Graves, ca. early 1970s

Scope and Content Note

original drawing for "Fossil Shadow Cast" and note.
Box 2, Folder 3

Barry Le Va, ca. 1980

Scope and Content Note

drawing for Galerie Ricke, Cologne.
Box 2, Folder 3

Sol LeWitt, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

four original drawings for a sculpture on one sheet.
Box 2, Folder 3

Mario Merz, 1973

Scope and Content Note

letter regarding Fibonacci work.
Box 2, Folder 3

Arduino Nardella, 1972

Scope and Content Note

biography.
Box 2, Folder 4

Jürgen Partenheimer, 1981

Scope and Content Note

clipping with annotations by the artist in ballpoint, signed and dated.
Box 2, Folder 4

David Rabinowitch, 1970s, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

ballpoint-pen drawing of sculpture, 1970s; drawing for an installation, undated; original drawing for a sculpture on an invitation card, 1975.
Box 2, Folder 4

Keith Sonnier, early 1970s, 1989, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

two colored drawings for neon sculpture, ca. early 1970s; copy of an installation in Galerie Ricke, Cologne with handwritten remarks, undated; drawing for a light installation, 1989; two installation drawings for "Standing Spinx," 1989.
Box 2, Folder 4

Lawrence Weiner, 1972

Scope and Content Note

handwritten postcard with original photo on front.
Box 2, Folder 4

Unidentified, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

two minimal prints of graphs by an artist with monogram W.M.
 

Series V.  Miscellaneous Photographs, 1969-1981

Physical Description: ca. 115 items

Scope and Content Note

Series contains three folders of photographs of Minimal and Conceptual art pieces and of performances, some signed and/or annotated. .
Box 2, Folder 5

Vito Acconci, ca. 1969-1970

Scope and Content Note

photographs of several performance works including, "Overtaking Piece," 1970 "Performance Test," 1969 "Rubbing Piece," 1970 "Room Piece," 1970, ca. 30 photographs.
Box 2, Folder 5

Joseph Beuys, 1969

Scope and Content Note

photo Ute Klophaus.
Box 2, Folder 5

Daniel Buren, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

twelve color photographs from an installation.
Box 2, Folder 5

Pier Paolo Calzolari, 1969

Box 2, Folder 6

Hanne Darboven, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

three photographs of an installation.
Box 2, Folder 6

Hamish Fulton, late 1960s

Scope and Content Note

five photographs of earthworks.
Box 2, Folder 6

Dan Graham, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

photo of a video installation.
Box 2, Folder 6

Dan Graham and Richard Tuttle, Zürich, 1979

Box 2, Folder 6

Gordon Matta-Clark, late 1960s

Scope and Content Note

three original photographs for an installation.
Box 2, Folder 6

Jannis Kounellis, 1969, 1981

Scope and Content Note

two photographs of artist.
Box 2, Folder 6

Robert Mangold, 1972

Scope and Content Note

six photographs of paintings.
Box 2, Folder 6

Marion Merz, 1968

Scope and Content Note

five photographs of works and installations, one with script by the artist.
Box 2, Folder 6

Robert Morris, 1973

Scope and Content Note

twelve images of an installation and exhibition of "Imaginary Extension of Copper Beam," one with Ileana Sonnabend.
Box 2, Folder 7

Dennis Oppenheim, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

two photographs of "Forest Floor Removal-Transplant."
Box 2, Folder 7

Giulio Paolini, 1980

Box 2, Folder 7

Giuseppe Penone, 1969

Scope and Content Note

original photo for an earthwork with text/caption by artist.
Box 2, Folder 7

Emilio Prini

Scope and Content Note

5 photo works, signed on verso with thumbprint.
Box 2, Folder 7

Robert Ryman, 1971

Scope and Content Note

two photographs of an installation.
Box 2, Folder 7

Michael Sauer, 1978, 1987

Scope and Content Note

two photographs of installations, both signed by the artist.
Box 2, Folder 7

Robert Smithson, 1969

Scope and Content Note

"Mirror Displacement," earthwork. Seven original photographs and a map with measurements on the back and notes by the artist on the front.
Box 2, Folder 7

Niele Toroni, 1969

Box 2, Folder 7

Wolf Vostell, 1976

Scope and Content Note

four photographs of installation of "Miss Vietnam," displayed with works by Chamberlain, Rauschenberg, Segal and Warhol.
Box 2, Folder 7

Lawrence Weiner, 1973

Scope and Content Note

photo of an Italian subway station with posters for Galleria Toselli exhibition.
Box 2, Folder 7

Unidentified

Scope and Content Note

three photographs of works.