Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Barbara Rose papers
Collection number: 930100
11 linear ft.
Getty Research Institute
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
Abstract: The Barbara Rose papers represent a selection from her archive and document her research in post-war and contemporary American
art. The bulk of the papers date from 1960 through 1985. Included are sound recordings and videos, most of which are interviews
by Rose of American artists active in the 1960s.
Language: Collection material in English
Open for use by qualified researchers, except unreformatted audio visual materials. Most audio visual materials have been
Barbara Rose papers, 1940-1993 (bulk 1960-1985), Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 930100.
This collection comprises selected papers acquired from Barbara Rose in 1993.
The collection was processed, arranged and described by Jocelyn Gibbs, October 1994. Published books within the papers have
been separated to the core collection of the Getty Research Institute Library.
Barbara Rose is an American art historian and critic, born in 1938 and educated at Smith College, Barnard College and Columbia
University. She is known primarily for her writings on 20th-century American art. She has taught (at Hunter College, the Universtiy
of California at San Diego and Irvine, and Sarah Lawrence College), curated exhibitions and made films.
Through her marriage to Frank Stella and friendships with many other New York artists, she was a well-positioned observer
of the American art world, particularly in the active New York scene of the 1960s and 1970s. Her first book,
American Art Since 1900, published 1967, was followed by more than twenty monographs on artists, many more exhibition catalogue essays and hundreds
of pieces of art journalism.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Barbara Rose Papers represent a selection from her archive and document her research in post-war and contemporary American
art. The bulk of the papers date from 1960 through 1985.
Manuscript and research files on American artists, primarily of the post war era, and especially rich for the New York art
world contain Rose's research notes, some correspondence (primarily from others), photographs and slides, and drafts of manuscripts
for articles, catalogues and books, some unpublished. The most extensive files concern research (1978-1979) for an exhibition
and catalogue on the artist
Patrick Henry Bruce for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1979, and files about collaborations between science and art, including the
Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization) project to build the Pepsi-Cola Pavilion at the 1970 Exposition in Osaka, and the related art and technology program at the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1967-1971.
Much of Rose's research consists of interviews with artists, and a few dealers, curators and printmakers. These date from
ca. 1960 through ca. 1990. More than 100 interviews are here in transcriptions, some partial and heavily edited, and on cassette
tapes and 1/4 inch audio tape reels. The
Claes Oldenburg interviews are the most extensive with ca. 50 transcript pages and 21 cassette tapes. Six videotapes document exhibits, symposia
Correspondence with artists, curators and historians is scattered throughout the research files. In addition there are several
concentrated files (ca. .5 linear ft.) of correspondence from
Avigdor Arikha and his wife Anne, 1962-1977, and
Mark Di Suvero, 1972-1973, 1975. Two letters from
Robert Motherwell, 1966, discuss the post-war New York art scene. There are 4 letters from
Frank Stella, with 2 short manuscripts about painting, and photographs of Islamic decoration taken during a trip to Iran.
Complementing these files are ca. 200 black & white photographs of artists dating from ca. 1940 through 1992. Oldenburg's
"Ray Gun" poster, signed and dated 1971, is an artifact from The Store
Arikha, Avigdor, 1929-
Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967
Bolotowsky, Ilya, 1907-
Bourgeois, Louise, 1911-
Bruce, Patrick Henry, 1881-1936
Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1928-
Irwin, Robert, 1928-
Johns, Jasper, 1930-
Judd, Donald, 1928-
Krasner, Lee, 1908-
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-
Smith, David, 1906-1965
Vijande, Fernando, 1931-1986
Warhol, Andy, 1928-
Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization)
Los Angeles Country Museum of Art
Abstract expressionism--New York (State)
Art, Modern--20th century--United States
Art and Technology
New York school of art
Genres and Forms of Material
Photographic prints--20th century