Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Barbara Rose papers
Date (inclusive): 1940-1993 (bulk 1960-1985)
11 Linear Feet
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
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
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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
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
, published 1967, was followed by more than twenty monographs on artists, many
more exhibition catalogue essays and hundreds of pieces of art journalism.
Open for use by qualified researchers, except unreformatted audio visual materials. Most
audio visual materials have been reformatted.
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.
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
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for articles, catalogues and books, some unpublished.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 and lectures.
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
The collection is organized in 5 series:
Series I. Correspondence received, 1941-1977;
Series II. Transcripts of
interviews with artists, critics, dealers, ca. 1960-1990;
Series III. Manuscript and research files, ca.
Series IV. Photographs of artists, ca. 1940-1993;
Series V. Interviews, lectures and symposia on
audio and video tapes, ca. 1960-1991.
Subjects - Names
Bruce, Patrick Henry
Irwin, Robert, 1928-
Subjects - Corporate Bodies
Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Subjects - Topics
Art, Modern -- 20th century
New York school of art
Art and technology
Artists -- United States -- Interviews
Abstract expressionism -- New York (State)
Genres and Forms of Material
Photographic prints -- 20th century