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Clara Diament Sujo Papers
2018.M.31  
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Description
The papers of Clara Diament Sujo provide a comprehensive survey of the operations of CDS Gallery founded by the dealer and art critic in New York in 1981. There is also documentation on the center of contemporary art Estudio Actual created by Sujo in Caracas in 1968, as well as on her formative years studying with Jorge Romero Brest in Buenos Aires, and her writings and lectures. The archive comprises correspondence; financial records; scrapbooks; exhibition brochures; artist files; photographs; videos; and works on paper dedicated to Sujo. Among the artists represented by CDS Gallery and in the records are: Roberto Aizenberg; Jacobo Borges; Carlos Cruz-Diez; José Luis Cuevas; Stephen De Staebler; Wilfredo Lam; Roberto Matta; Henry Moore; José Clemente Orozco; Armando Reverón; Jesús Rafael Soto; Hedda Sterne; Joaquín Torres-García; and Adja Yunkers.
Background
Clara Diament Sujo pursued a long career as a dealer of modern and contemporary art, first opening the center of contemporary art Estudio Actual in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1968, and then in 1981, CDS Gallery in New York, the name of which corresponds to her initials. Sujo was instrumental in developing relationships between artists, collectors and museums in Venezuela, Argentina, Mexico, Columbia and the United States. In nearly two hundred exhibitions at CDS Gallery, Sujo actively promoted the work of Roberto Aizenberg; Jacobo Borges; Carlos Cruz-Diez; Wilfredo Lam; Roberto Matta; José Clemente Orozco; Armando Reverón; Jesús Rafael Soto; and Joaquín Torres-García, along with the work of other artists. In 1979, the first major auction in New York of twentieth-century Latin American art was organized by the Center for Inter-American Relations, an organization that was later incorporated into the Americas Society whose goal is to promote the cultural heritage of the Americas. The auction catalog acknowledges Sujo's contribution to the success of the initiative. Held at Sotheby Parke Bernet, the sale is still regarded as a turning point in the development of the contemporary art market. It would also have an important impact on Sujo's career.
Extent
147.29 Linear Feet (360 boxes, 7 flat file folders)
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Availability
Open for use by qualified researchers, with the following exceptions: restrictions apply to items that are fragile, items that have third-party privacy concerns or donor-imposed access restrictions. Some items are unavailable pending rehousing by conservation. Born digital content will be made available on-site only, through the digital preservation repository. Born digital and audiovisual content is unavailable until reformatted. Contact reference for reformatting.