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Tobey C. Moss Gallery records on Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg
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  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Tobey Moss Gallery records on Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg
    Creator: Tobey C. Moss (Gallery)
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1964
    Physical Description: 3.6 Linear Feet (9 boxes) and .157 GB (9 digital files)
    Date (inclusive): 1910-2007
    Abstract: Founded in 1978, the Tobey C. Moss gallery presents the work of Southern California artists, including Lorser Feitelson (1898-1978) and Helen Lundeberg (1908-1999). The contents of this collection have been generated as a result of this representation and the gallery's subsequent acquisition of material related to the careers of both artists. In addition to representation, Tobey Moss was involved with the Feitelson Art Foundation and provided appraisals of its collections. This collection contains primary materials related to these activities, reproductions of materials predating Moss's involvement, and some primary materials belonging to Feitelson and Lundeberg, largely in the form of correspondence and photographs and photographic reproductions across formats.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Tobey Moss Gallery records on Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg (Collection 1964). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7092308 

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Acquired from Tobey Moss in 2012.

    Processing Note

    Minimal processing by Gloria Gonzalez with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, July 2012. Folder-level processing by Lori Dedeyan in 2014 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Jillian Cuellar. Digital materials processed by LSC Archivists in 2018, under the supervision of Shira Peltzman and Jessica Tai. The original structure, naming, and contents of the material have been maintained. Processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia.


    Founded in 1978, the Tobey C. Moss Gallery in Los Angeles, was established by Tobey Moss. As part of its emphasis on modern and particularly Southern California artists, the Moss Gallery presents the work Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg. Feitelson and Lundeberg are best known as founders of Post- Surrealism and hard edge painting. Moss first met the artists during the early 1970s. Shortly after Feitelson's death in 1978, Moss opened the Gallery and began helping Lundeberg in organizing, classifying, exhibiting, writing, advertising and publishing gallery announcements and brochures for both artists' work. In addition to exhibiting the artists' work, Tobey Moss provided representation for Feitelson and Lundeberg, becoming involved with the Feitelson Art Foundation. Moss assisted Lundeberg with her eventual estate for the following twenty years. Through these activities and a close friendship, Moss organically acquired material related to the two artists and their work. The gallery continues to show work by the two artists.
    Lorser Feitelson, born in 1898, studied in New York and Paris from 1919- 1927, coming into contact with the modern art movements there. He settled in Los Angeles in 1927 and taught at the Art Center School and at the Stickney Memorial School of Art, where Helen Lundeberg was his student. In 1934 Feitelson and Lundeberg founded Post-Surrealism. From 1937 to 1943, he served as area supervisor of murals for the New Deal's Federal Art Project. Feitelson also designed and managed the Stanley Rose art gallery and gave many public lectures on topics concerning contemporary art, even creating and hosting a television program in the late fifties. He and Lundeberg continued their artistic innovation as Hard Edge painters, a style which came to define the Los Angeles aesthetic of the sixties. Feitelson exhibits and retrospectives have been hosted at institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the LA County Museum of Art, the LA Municipal Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Tobey C. Moss Gallery. Feitelson died in 1978.
    Helen Lundeberg was born in Chicago in 1908 and moved with her family to Pasadena in 1912. As a student at the Stickney Memorial School of Art, she was taught by Lorser Feitelson, who would become her lifelong collaborator and partner. Their joint accomplishments have been detailed above. Her contributions to art have often been framed within this context of partnership, but she is an artist in her own right. Throughout the thirties, Lundeberg worked as an exhibiting artist and muralist for the Federal Arts Project; her History of Transportation mural in Inglewood was restored in 2007 through a grant from the Getty Foundation. Lundeberg continued her practice up through the 1980s, and her works are included in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute, the Norton Simon Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and numerous other public and private collections. Lundeberg died in 1999. Alternative rock group Sonic Youth paid tribute to her in their 2006 song, "Helen Lundeberg."

    Scope and Content

    Most of these materials pertain to the function of the Tobey C. Moss gallery in managing the careers of Feitelson and Lundeberg, in the 1980s and onward. Materials relating to the artists' involvement in the Post- Surrealist and Hard Edge movements are mostly reproductions; however, Feitelson's original notes and correspondence from the 1930s- 40s are included. These materials have been generated, reproduced, or compiled by Tobey Moss. They include correspondence, photographs, exhibition records and ephemera dating from the 1920s onward, reproductions of artwork across various photographic formats, gallery records, documentation pertaining to the administration of the Feitelson Art Foundation and its collections, articles, publications, and other press materials.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged in the following series and subseries:
    • Series 1: Lorser Feitelson materials, 1924-2004
    • Subseries 1.1: Exhibitions, 1924-2001
    • Subseries 1.2: Professional Career, 1931- 2004
    • Series 2: Helen Lundeberg materials, 1931-2007
    • Subseries 2.1: Exhibitions,1931-2003
    • Subseries 2.2: Professional Career, 1931-2007
    • Series 3: Joint materials, 1910- 2005
    • Subseries 3.1: Exhibitions, 1934- 2003
    • Subseries 3.2: Publications and Images, 1910- 2005
    • Subseries 3.3: Foundation and Art Collections, 1960- 2000
    • Series 4: Tobey Moss correspondence & gallery records, 1976- 2004
    Born-digital materials are integrated into Subseries 3.1 based on content. The original order of the files has been retained.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS DIGITAL MATERIALS: Access to WordPerfect files in their original format is unavailable due to lack of required software. Alternate viewing arrangements may be available. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Related Material

    Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg papers  circa 1890s-2002, (bulk 1919-1999) at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives.
    Art, American -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century.
    Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978
    Lundeberg, Helen, 1908-1999
    Feitelson Art Foundation -- Archives.