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|Creator:||Tomkins, Calvin, 1925-|
|Title:||Calvin Tomkins Papers|
|Quantity:||32 linear feet
60 5" manuscript boxes
1 2.5" manuscript box
28 5.5" audiocassette boxes
1 16.25x20.25" and 1 11.75x17.5" oversized flat boxes
|Abstract:||Professional papers of Calvin Tomkins, author, journalist, and contributor to the The New Yorker magazine.|
|Materials were received from Tomkins in distinct groups of correspondence, major writings, other writings, books, and audio recordings. This organization was preserved in the series structure. That division was less distinct in more recent files so processing required some minor rearrangement of folders. Files in Series I, II, and III are in chronological order as they were found. Series II and III files have been rearranged slightly to correct the found chronological order. Files in Series IV were arranged as found. Usually the book files were arranged in two loose groups, one corresponding to the chapter structure of the book and one in a more thematic grouping. Particulars have been noted in the content notes for those subseries. The audio recordings of Series V were in no discernible order and so were filed chronologically to mirror the writing and research files they are associated with.|
|The five series are as follows:|
|Series I: Correspondence 1961-2006|
|Series II: Major New Yorker Articles 1961-2006
Subseries II.A: Research Files 1961-2006
Subseries II.B: Research and Interview Binders 1963-2006
|Series III: Art World reviews and Other Writings 1970-2006|
|Series IV: Books 1968-1998
Subseries IV.A: Eric Hoffer: An American Odyssey
Subseries IV.B: Merchants and Masterpieces 1860-1989
Subseries IV.C: Off the Wall 1963-1991
Subseries IV.D: Duchamp: A Biography 1953-1998
Subseries IV.E: Book Photographs
|Series V: Audio Recordings 1962-2006|
Calvin Tomkins was born December 17, 1925, in Orange, NJ. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1948 and entered into a career in journalism, working first with Radio Free Europe from 1953 to 1957 and then, as a writer and editor, for Newsweek from 1957 to 1961. His first contributions to The New Yorker were published in 1958 and in 1961 he became a regular staff writer while only occasionally writing for other outlets. In 1980, in addition to continuing his longer pieces for the magazine, Tomkins was appointed the official art critic and wrote art reviews and other content on an almost weekly basis. That position terminated in 1986 but Tomkins continued as a staff writer at The New Yorker until the present.
Tomkins' initial contributions to The New Yorker were short humor pieces (now known under the rubric Shouts and Murmurs.) He contributed six of these pieces between 1958 and 1960 before publishing his first Profile, on Jean Tinguely, in 1962. Tomkins' career at the magazine coincided with a new burgeoning of talent in the New York art world and his first two decades of writing traced the origins and rise to establishment of Pop Art, Earth Art, Minimalism, Video Art, Happenings and Installation Art; as well as profiling the curators, collectors, and gallery owners who helped popularize those artists and movements. Tomkins continued publishing longer articles two or three times a year interspersed with light humor pieces, The Talk of the Town articles and other shorter pieces, through 1980, when he became official art critic for the magazine.
For more than five years Tomkins published art reviews on an almost weekly basis. The frequency of his major articles dropped during this time but did not cease. During his time as critic Tomkins was able to witness and chronicle the astonishing growth of the art market, the development of SoHo as a center of art and commerce, the revitalization of painting, and a host of new art movements. After this position ended, he resumed his former production of larger articles. During this time, The New Yorker itself changed, including more photographs and pictures, often as full- or double-page spreads. Tomkins often wrote paragraphs and captions to accompany these images; in many cases the writings were unattributed in the publication.
In recent years, Tomkins' pace of article publication may have slowed, but he continues to regularly contribute to The New Yorker; his most recent articles appeared in 2007.
Tomkins' first published book was Intermission: A Novel (New York: Viking Press, 1951), but his ensuing books flowed directly from his work at The New Yorker. The Lewis and Clark Trail (New York: Harper & Row, 1965) was written at the same time that Tomkins participated in an NBC documentary on the subject; an article concerning Lewis and Clark appeared in The New Yorker in 1966. Also in 1966, Time-Life published a volume by Tomkins in its series Time-Life Library of Art; The World of Marcel Duchamp (Time, Inc.: New York, 1966) drew on interviews and materials gathered for Tomkins' 1965 Profile. Eric Hoffer: An American Odyssey (New York: Dutton, 1969) was likewise an expansion of a 1967 Profile on the famed autodidact and philosopher. In 1968, Tomkins was contracted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to write a history of that institution coincident with its centennial. Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1970) to this day remains a key reference work for the museum. Finally, Living Well is the Best Revenge (New York: Viking Press, 1971), a book on Gerald and Sara Murphy and the American Expatriate community in France between the world wars, was enlarged from a Profile of the same name published in 1962. It has proven to be Tomkins' most popular and enduring work, reprinted numerous times and published in a Modern Library edition in 1998.
During this same period, the first book that reprinted and collected Tomkins' articles from The New Yorker appeared. The Bride and the Bachelors: The Heretical Courtship in Modern Art (New York: Viking, 1965) reprinted Profiles on Marcel Duchamp, Jean Tinguely, John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg; later editions also included a fifth Profile on Merce Cunningham. In 1976, The Scene: Reports on Post-Modern Art, (New York: Viking Press, 1976) reprinted articles on Andy Warhol, E.A.T., Henry Geldzahler, Tatyana Grossman, Earth Art, Jonas Mekas, Nam Jun Paik, and Robert Wilson. In 1980, Tomkins published Off the Wall: Robert Rauschenberg and the Art World of Our Time (New York: Doubleday, 1980). While the book centered on the career of Rauschenberg, it also depicted the activities of the New York art community in the 1960s and 1970s and drew heavily on all of Tomkins' research, interviews, and writings of the preceding twenty years. In 1988, Post- to Neo-: The Art World of the 1980's (New York, Henry Holt, 1988) included reprints of twenty-seven Art World reviews and one Profile originally published between 1980 and 1986.
Aside from major books and collections of articles, Tomkins also contributed original or reprinted essays to artists' monographs and co-wrote books with his spouses. Monographs include Andy Warhol by John Coplans, (Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society,1970); Christo: Running Fence, with David Bourdon (New York: Abrams, 1979); Jennifer Bartlett, with Marge Goldwater and Roberta Smith (Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1985); and Roy Lichtenstein: Mural with Blue Brushstroke, with Bob Adelman (New York: Abrams, 1987). With Judy Tomkins, he wrote The Other Hampton (New York: Viking-Grossman, 1974) and with Dodie Kazanjian, Alex: The Life of Alexander Liberman (New York: Knopf, 1993). In 2001, Tomkins contributed an original essay on R. Buckminster Fuller to Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for the New Millennium, Thomas T.K. Zung ed., (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001).
Tomkins had developed a long friendship with R. Buckminster Fuller beginning when Tomkins wrote his 1966 Profile on the scientist and inventor. For years, plans were discussed for Tomkins to write a biography of Fuller and in 1980 a contract for the book was signed with Doubleday. In 1984, after numerous extensions, the project was abandoned. Three years later, Tomkins chose as his next project a biography of Marcel Duchamp and Duchamp: A Biography was published in 1996 by Henry Holt. It is his most recent major work and a capstone to a decades-long fascination with the artist.
Calvin Tomkins has been married four times: to Grace Lloyd Tomkins, to Judy Tomkins, to Susan Cheever, and finally to Dodie Kazanjian. Tomkins has three children by his first wife: Anne, Susan, and Spencer; and a daughter, Sarah, by Susan Cheever. Calvin Tomkins currently resides in New York and continues writing.
The Calvin Tomkins Papers document multiple aspects of the author's life and work including his social and personal life and his long professional writing career. The records begin in 1962 after Tomkins was hired as a full-time staff writer for The New Yorker. No records of his prior work are extant, nor does this collection contain any record of Tomkins' youth or college years. And while the documentation of Tomkins' major articles is comprehensive, there are no files for any of the shorter articles or fiction and humor pieces he wrote for The New Yorker until 1980 when the records present begin to document his entire output, including the unattributed captions for images and other squibs.
Otherwise, Tomkins' life and activity are well captured here. Series I, Tomkins' correspondence, begins in 1964. Professional correspondence includes regular material received from The New Yorker. There is correspondence here from Tomkins' long-time agent, Robert Lescher, and his later agent, Andrew Wylie. Tomkins' most frequent publisher was Doubleday and there is material present from his editor, Kate Medina. There are some contracts present as well.
Beginning in 1969 the files contain an increasing amount of personal correspondence. Tomkins received letters from his children and his ex-spouses as well as an extended network of aunts and uncles and other family members. The series contains large quantities of correspondence from friends and acquaintances. Numerous friends seemed to have carried on decades-long epistolary relationships with Tomkins. Many of these were people he first met through his writing and work.
Series II represents materials produced and acquired for the writing of major articles for The New Yorker between 1962 and 2007. While the majority of these articles were published under the rubric "Profiles," articles were also published under other departmental names. The materials in each folder are consistent and Tomkins grouped these folders separately from those of his other writings.
Tomkins organized these materials into two groups. In Subseries II.A, the materials include news clippings, magazine articles, gallery and exhibition catalogs and ephemera, correspondence with the article subject(s) and correspondence from readers. Handwritten research notes are scattered throughout, mostly consisting of lists of interview contacts and biographical and interview notes. Additionally, most files include tear sheets of the published article and a typescript draft of the article with hand edits and amendments.
Subseries II.B comprises the research and interview binders that Tomkins prepared for nearly every major article. The binders are composed of tabbed and paginated sections including contact lists of interviewees and additional resources, occasional topical indexes, chronologies and other biographical summaries, and interviews with the subject followed by interviews with other people. Complete or partial transcripts of interviews are rare and occur more frequently in later binders. Most often, Tomkins would summarize the content of interviews interspersed with extended direct quotes from the subjects. Tomkins also occasionally recorded thoughts and observations on his journey or visit to the interviewees; these notes are referred to as the "log." Final materials in the binders include bibliographies, extracts from published material such as reviews and news clippings, and miscellaneous items.
Series III is composed of reviews and smaller pieces of writing Tomkins wrote for The New Yorker between 1980 and 2004. These pieces were published under various rubrics; the most common department represented here is "The Art World," used for reviews and commentary about the arts. Other departments include "The Talk of the Town," "Portfolio," "At the Galleries," "Artist's Easel," "Books," and others. Frequently, these pieces were not whole articles but sidebars or captions to full-page photographs or double-page picture spreads. Tomkins also wrote occasional pieces for other publications including essays for books (such as exhibition and auction catalogs and artist monographs) and contributions to seminars and conferences, some of those materials are represented here. The materials present in this series are generally of the same composition and character as those in Series II.A, including news clippings, exhibition material, handwritten and typescript notes, interview summaries and quotes, contact lists, chronologies, and some received correspondence. Many folders include a typescript draft of the article and almost every article has a tear sheet of the published article or a photocopy of a galley proof.
Series IV addresses Tomkins' book publishing and contains material primarily from 1968 to 1996. The book, Eric Hoffer: an American Odyssey (New York: Dutton, 1968), is represented by only one file, as it was largely an expansion of the original article. Material on the other three books is much more comprehensive. Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: Dutton, 1970) required extensive access to the archives of the museum as well as historical research. Consequently, there are some century-old materials here (mainly news clippings and small publications) and copies of internal museum documents. The files also contain copious photocopies of external museum documents including bulletin articles, book chapters and other material, handwritten and typewritten notes, and research materials and resources gathered after original publication, in many cases used for additions included in the 1989 reprint of the book.
The files for Off the Wall: Robert Rauschenberg and the Art World of Our Time (New York: Doubleday, 1980) contain extensive interview notes and quotations, most culled from research conducted by Tomkins when writing articles for The New Yorker during the preceding two decades. There are scattered news clippings, magazine articles, press releases, ephemera, and other published material. No portions of the manuscript in draft or galley form are present. Material also exists here, dispersed throughout these folders, that was gathered for Tomkins' original Profile on Rauschenberg, "Moving Out," published in 1964.
The research files for Duchamp: A Biography (New York: Henry Holt, 1996) are more extensive than for any of Tomkins' other books. There are large quantities of photocopies or hand transcriptions and translations of significant original documents pertaining to Duchamp and his social circle. The files also contain extensive correspondence with other Duchamp scholars and Duchamp's surviving family, including his widow, Alexina "Teeny" Duchamp and Jacqueline Matisse Monnier. As with the other book files, there is also an extensive presence of published materials and ephemera.
The collection contains no files for The Lewis and Clark Trail (New York: Harper & Row, 1965) or The World of Marcel Duchamp (Time, Inc.: New York, 1966), although files for the latter book may have been integrated into the records of the later biography. Neither are any files present for any of the reprint collections. Research and record files for Living Well is the Best Revenge (New York: Viking Press, 1971) do exist but were withheld by Tomkins and remain in the author's possession. Finally, any extant files for the contributions to books by other authors are filed in Series III, in their original order, as Tomkins organized them.
Subseries IV.E contains a large quantity of photographs collected and used in the books on Rauschenberg, Duchamp, and Gerald and Sara Murphy, though many additional photographs can be found in the preceding series. Most photographs are duplicate prints received from photographers or owners of the images and the book files contain numerous folders of the correspondence and negotiations for rights and permissions necessary to publish the images.
Finally, Series V is composed of 494 audio cassettes and four open reel tapes, all the extant audio recordings made by Tomkins during the course of his research and writing. Tomkins did not start regularly taping his interviews until well into the 1980s but was prescient in preserving the spoken words of Jean Tinguely (1962), Marcel Duchamp (1964) and R. Buckminster Fuller (1965). The next recordings in the collection date from 1988 and by 1990 Tomkins was recording most, if not all, of his interviews up until the present. Regardless of whether Tomkins recorded his interviews or not, there is no change in the nature or composition of materials in the research files. The audio recordings are perhaps the most important primary source material to be found in the Tomkins Papers and will remain key original testaments to the activities and careers of many of the most important art world luminaries of the last five decades.
The records are open for research and contain few restricted materials.
The Calvin Tomkins Papers are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.
Calvin Tomkins retains the right to grant or deny all requests to publish excerpts from, commercially exploit, or otherwise disseminate copies of any materials from the collection through the year 2022. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archivist.
|This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalog of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.|
|Persons and Organizations:|
|Kazanjian, Dodie, 1952- -- Archives.|
|Tomkins, Calvin, 1925- -- Archives.|
|Art critics -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Biography -- Sources.|
|Art, American -- 20th century -- Sources.|
|Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Sources.|
|Biographers -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Biography -- Sources.|
|Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968 -- Archives.|
|Journalists -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Biography -- Sources.|
|Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- Archives.|
|Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y) -- History -- Archives.|
|New Yorker -- History -- Sources.|
|Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925- -- Archives.|
Further materials relating to the subjects of many of Tomkins' writings may be found throughout other collections in the Museum Archives. Tomkins' books and back issues of The New Yorker can be found in the Museum Library.
The Archives of American Art holds the Dodie Kazanjian Papers which contain contributions by Tomkins.
Five folders of material originally located in Series III contained research materials for articles officially attributed solely to Dodie Kazanjian. Tomkins and Kazanjian rarely shared authorship of works although after their marriage they worked closely together on the research and interviews for articles. Because of Kazanjian's sole attribution, these articles have been transferred to the Archives of American Art to be included in the Dodie Kazanjian Papers. These files compose Kazanjian's complete contribution to The New Yorker up to the date of processing.
Published citations should take the following form:
Long version: Calvin Tomkins Papers, [series.folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.
Short version: Tomkins, [series.folder]. MoMA Archives, NY.
The collection was given to the Museum Archives by Calvin Tomkins in 2004. Additional accruals to the collection were received in 2005 and 2007.
The processing of the Calvin Tomkins Papers was funded by a generous grant from The Henry Luce Foundation.
The materials in the Calvin Tomkins Papers are largely of recent origin, in good condition, and physically stable. Processing the materials primarily involved removing paperclips and staples, flattening materials, and rehousing them in archival boxes and acid-free folders. Acidic published materials such as newspapers were photocopied and the originals discarded. If acidic materials were deemed to be of particular value they were isolated with acid-free paper or Mylar sleeves. Photographs, transparencies, and negatives were rehoused, individually or in groups, in Mylar sleeves. Facsimiles printed on thermographic paper were photocopied and discarded.
Since the original donation of the collection to The Museum in 2004, Tomkins has continued to donate more current materials up through 2007. These files have been added to each series without particular note.
Explanation of Abbreviations
CT is Calvin Tomkins.
DK is Dodie Kazanjian.
TNY is The New Yorker magazine.
MoMA is The Museum of Modern Art.
ALS is an Autograph Letter Signed.
ALS is an Autograph Letter Signed.
ACS is an Autograph Card Signed.
TC is a Typed Card.
TCS is a Typed Card Signed.
TL is a Typed Letter.
TLS is a Typed Letter Signed.
n.d. stands for no date.
re: stands for regarding.
Series I: Correspondence 1964-2006
This series was received from Tomkins arranged in folders according to year. The folders were all marked variously as "Contracts-Correspondence", "Correspondence", "Contracts-Publisher", followed by a year; some folders were marked just with a year. Professional correspondence from The New Yorker is slight. Tomkins received annual letters updating the system of fees and earnings for Profiles and other articles Tomkins produced; many of these came with a cover note signed by William Shawn and it is unclear whether these constituted official contracts. Tomkins also regularly received copies of responses to requests for reproduction and quotation received by The New Yorker. The magazine occasionally forwarded fan mail, excerpted or whole, and there is occasional correspondence from the magazine regarding pension funds and other payments. There are also some letters from fellow writers at the magazine, mainly Roger Angell, and mainly in response to Tomkins' writings or of a purely social nature.
As to other professional correspondence, until the early 1980s, Tomkins' literary agent was Robert Lescher, of the firm Lescher & Lescher. Frequent correspondence from him includes updates and news of reprinting titles, paperback rights, foreign translations, and letters concerning concepts for new books. Tomkins most frequent publishing house was Doubleday and there is scattered correspondence here from their editor Kate Medina. Following Lescher's termination, Tomkins' agent was Andrew Wylie, of the Wylie Agency. Very little correspondence from him is present. Relatively few contracts are extant; those present include contracts for the NBC television documentary "The Journals of Lewis and Clark", the biography Eric Hoffer: An American Odyssey, and the books Merchants and Masterpieces and Living Well is the Best Revenge.
As to other professional activities, Tomkins was a long-time member of the Century Club; there is frequent correspondence here from other members. Most commonly the letters are requests to second the nominations of individuals for membership and to write recommendations for them. Tomkins also served for years on the board of directors of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation. Apart from annual updates from the director, Tomkins was somewhat active in fundraising for the Foundation. Notes and letters here testify to those activities. Merce Cunningham also wrote occasional letters to Tomkins recounting the latest doings of the troupe.
A large percentage of material is unsolicited mail from readers (essentially fan mail.) Tomkins also received ongoing unsolicited mail from artists and writers seeking to find outlet and support for their work; journal and book editors and publishers suggesting book or article topics, or inviting Tomkins to produce work for them. He received many invitations to give lectures, participate in seminars, to act as judge in various contests or to contribute in other ways to cultural causes and events. Other correspondence includes occasional inquiries from researchers to examine Tomkins' files, requests from students for interviews and requests for confidential recommendation letters by the MacArthur Foundation.
Beginning in 1969 the files contain an increasing amount of personal correspondence. Tomkins received frequent letters from his two daughters, Anne (Trippy) Tomkins and Susan (Sue) Tomkins, and son, Spencer. The only correspondence from his first and second wives, Pat and Judy Tomkins, comes from periods following the demise of those relationships. Other family members, or long-time family friends, found in the correspondence files include his brother Frederick Tomkins, Jr., aunt and uncle Anne and T. Meade Baker, Laura Barclay, Roy C. Barker, and others.
Other significant personal correspondents include Clare L. Spark, Kazuko Oshima, Nancy Rosen, Janie C. Lee, Lynn Hershman, Nancy Gillespie, Ren Weschler, Dona Guimaraes, Michael Neff, Robert Snyder, Grace Knowlton, Mary Allen, Ted Summer, Lucy Gray, and Sylvia and Edmund Morris, among others. Many of these people were fellow writers or artists and some were involved with Tomkins professionally. There are occasional notes and letters from people Tomkins wrote about or grew acquainted with during his work. These include Honoria Donnelly, Rosamond Bernier, Fanny Brennan, Christo and Jean-Claude, Michael Murphy (of the Esalen Institute), Siah Armajani, Victor and Sally Ganz, Philip Johnson, Paul and Julia Child, Hazel and Paul Strand, Jean and Dominique de Menil, and others. Few of these letters concern the actual research for the articles or seriously discuss Tomkins' work. Evidence also suggests that Tomkins developed a close acquaintance with R. Buckminster Fuller and planned to write Fuller's biography.
Within each folder, materials are in loose reverse chronological order as Tomkins filed them. Typically the earliest materials for each year are letters received in mid-December of the previous year. It seems that a new folder was begun upon receipt of a new contract from The New Yorker.
The folder descriptions below are not complete itemizations, but only highlight select items of significance.
Contracts and correspondence concerning "The Lewis and Clark Trail" (later retitled "The Journals of Lewis and Clark") and
The Bride and The Bachelors, 1966.
Two unsigned letters, by "David Jones," to the Sunday Herald Tribune, disparaging the writings of Tom Wolfe.
Contract for article on Hugh Hefner
1 TL R. Buckminster Fuller-John Huston (9/27/1967) [re: joint film proposal with CT]
Contract for the publication of Eric Hoffer: An American Odyssey by C.P. Dutton (3/27/1968)
Incl. Final contracts and correspondence for Merchants and Masterpieces.
First references to Gerald and Sarah Murphy and CT's research and writing on their life as well as contract with Viking for
1 TL CT-Cass Canfield, Harper & Row (11/3/1971) [re: interest in writing a biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay]
1 TLS Roger Angell-CT (3/7/n.y.)
Correspondence with various individuals concerning Fuller biography
1 TLS Georgia O'Keeffe-CT (12/3/1974)
Various correspondence regarding The Scene…
3 TLS Mike Murphy-CT (12/26, 6/28, 4/2, 1/14/1976)
1 TLS Mike Murphy-CT (12/3/n.y.)
Correspondence and fan mail concerning article on Running Fence and the follow-up book on the same subject
Correspondence concerning book on Rauschenberg
1 TLS Julia and Paul Child-CT (1/11/1978).
2 TLS Roger Angell-CT (11/26, 12/13/1979)
1 ALS Robert Rauschenberg-CT (6/15/n.y.)
1 ALS Merce Cunningham-CT (6/10/n.y.)
1 ALS Nam Jun Paik-CT (n.d.)
1 ALS Margaret Barr (Mrs. Alfred H. Barr, Jr.) (11/15/1981) [re: CT's commemoration of Barr]
1 TLS Mike Murphy-CT (4/13/1981)
1 ALS Merce Cunningham-CT (1/17/1981)
1 ALS Siah Armajani-CT (n.d.)
1 ALS Merce Cunningham-CT (6/29/1982)
1 TLS Margaret Barr (Mrs. Alfred H. Barr, Jr.)-CT (n.d.) [re: creation of book of Alfred Barr's writings].
1 ALS Romare Bearden-CT (12/7/n.y.)
1 ALS Merce Cunningham-CT (8/15/1983).
1 ALS Romare Bearden-CT (12/4/n.y.)
1 ALS Merce Cunningham-CT (7/29/1984).
1 TC Julia Child-CT (2/17/1984)
1 ALS Siah Armajani (11/10/1985).
1 TL CT-Jacqueline Onassis (4/3/1985) [re: possible Profile]
1 TLS Clement Greenberg-CT (11/11/1986) [incl. reference to David Smith's painted sculptures]
2 TLS Louis Auchincloss-CT (8/1, 8/11/1986) [re: preparation of will]
1 ALS Siah Armajani-CT (2/28/1986)
Beginning of references in correspondence to work on the Duchamp biography
1 ACS Siah Armajani-CT (7/26/1987)
1 ACS Carl Andre(?)-CT (1/17/1987).
1 TLS Henry Geldzahler-CT re: Century Assoc. membership (n.d.)
1 ALS (photocopy) CT-Walter Keep (headmaster professor, Berkshire School) (n.d.) from CT's freshman year at Princeton.
1 TLS Jerome Gold-CT (9/26/1989) [re: arranging interview with Madame Juliette Man Ray for Duchamp biography].
1 ALS, 2 TCS Sally Ganz-CT (n.d., 1/16/1989, n.d.)
1 TLS Philip Johnson-CT (10/31/1990).
1 TCS Clement Greenberg-CT (6/19/1990)
1 ALS Sally Ganz-CT (n.d.)
1 TL CT-Matta re: request to do Profile (7/10/1992)
2 ACS Jeanne-Claude and Christo-DK and CT (n.d).
1 ACS Jeanne-Claude and Christo-CT and DK (9/15/1993)
1 TLS Richard Avedon-CT (6/17/1993)
1 TLS Siam Armajani-CT and DK (11/25/1995).
Large amount of responses to the publication of Duchamp: A Biography
Packet of drawings and letter from illustrator Jon Sarkin.
Handmade booklet and other drawings by Jon Sarkin.
1 TL CT-"Ms. Johnson" re: recollection of first meeting and continued association with Marcel Duchamp (3/26/1997)
1 TL CT-Chris Granlund re: BBC Duchamp research (1/27/1997) and further correspondence on the subject
Corr. from the MoMA and the Getty each discussing possibility of receiving CT's papers.
Correspondence and agenda regarding MoMA library advisory committee, BBC documentary on Rauschenberg, BBC documentary on the
Correspondence regarding Modern Library edition of Living Well….
1 TLS Sylvie Boissonnas [sister of Dominique de Menil]-CT (5/15/1998).
Numerous copies of fax transmissions and letters from CT on various matters such as blurb copy for Francis Naumann's Duchamp book, the paperback edition of CT's Duchamp book, requests for review copies of books, congratulations to Renzo Piano on the Pritzker Prize, etc.
1 TLS Edmund Morris-CT (11/24/1999)
1 ALS Sydney Biddle-CT and DK (n.d.)
1 ALS Leonard Lauder-CT (n.d.)
1 TL (fax) Nam Jun Paik-Paula Cooper [re: missing CT's birthday]
1 ACS Cindy Sherman (signed "Cindy and Frieda")-CT (n.d.)
Exchange between Bob Rosen and CT [re: Duchamp, and the absence of a discussion of women in CT's book] (6/4, 7/12/201).
1 ALS Annette de la Renta-CT re: turning down his request for a Profile (4/23/n.y.)
Responses to article "Can Art be Taught?" and Profile on Richard Serra (including 1 TLS facsimile from Richard Avedon), correspondence from the MoMA Library Council, inquiries from researchers and invitations to attend or participate in various events and projects.
Further responses to "Can Art be Taught?", correspondence from MoMA Library Council and discussion of archive (including a note from Glen Lowry).
Includes correspondence regarding the small exhibition of CT's papers at MoMA, program from memorial tribute to Kirk Varnedoe.
Includes readers' responses to Profile on Matthew Barney and other articles.
Reader's responses to the autobiographical sketch, "Summer Afternoon," and Profile on Maurizio Cattelan.
Includes series of correspondence between writer Edmund Morris and CT, featuring the trading of bawdy limericks, letters from Hans Haacke, Jacqueline Matisse Monnier, and a correspondence inviting CT to participate in Ric Burn's documentary on Andy Warhol.
Includes 1 TLS Jeanne-Claude & Christo-CT (7/10/2005)
Includes 1 ACS Jeanne-Claude & Christo-CT (n.d).
Includes 1 ACS Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gione-CT and DK (n.d).
Reader responses to Profile on Jasper Johns and article on MoMA, including notes from Robert Storr, Jeanne-Claude & Christo, Sylvia and Edmund Morris, Roger Angell, Sam Varnedoe, and others. Also includes signed contract for services between DK and CT and TNY for 2006-2007.
Includes 1 ALS Jeff Wall-CT (4/3/) [re: lack of interest from TNY for article on Wall]; also correspondence regarding CT receiving the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, reciprocal correspondence between CT and Edmund Morris discussing Duchamp and Rauschenberg, and materials related to CT's participation in events surrounding the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg: Combines at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Series II: Major New Yorker Articles 1961-2006
Tomkins segregated the files for his major articles apart from his other writing files. They were kept in rough chronological order; that order has been refined here. The files were split into two parts. Subseries II.A contains the research files of loose notes, published materials, correspondence, and ephemera relating to the subject. Subseries II.B contains the research binders of original material and interview notes and transcripts Tomkins assembled for nearly every article. More detailed descriptions of the contents are below.
Subseries II.A: Research Files 1961-2006
These files represent materials produced and acquired for the writing of major articles for The New Yorker magazine between 1962 and 2004. While the majority of these articles were published under the rubric "Profiles," there are articles published under other departments, including "A Reporter at Large," "Annals of Law," "Onward and Upward with the Arts," "The Skyline," and "Department of Education." Which department an article was published under seems to have been a decision reached after the article was written; many articles, such as the one on Frank Gehry, were labeled as Profiles in manuscript form but published as another department. While most Profiles concern individuals there is one, "The Black People of Bridgehampton," that concerns a community. Many of the articles published as "Onward and Upward…" concern individuals and seem no different in content than Profiles. There is evidence in these files of the growth and change of articles from their initial conception. "Irises," an article on the meteoric growth of the art market at auction, began as a Profile of David Nash while the article on dyslexia, "The Last Skill Acquired," apparently went through many changes of focus on its way to publication. But the articles resemble each other in their length and in the research process Tomkins used to write them.
The materials in these folders are weighted toward previously published materials. They include extensive news clippings, magazine articles, tear sheets, offprints and photocopies, pamphlets, brochures, gallery and exhibition catalogs and ephemera. Almost every group of folders for an article includes tear sheets or photocopies of the printed article from The New Yorker. Many folders also contain materials postdating publication. Most often these are news clippings and articles such as obituaries. Original materials include correspondence with the article subjects, both prior to and after publication, and correspondence from readers, many of which dispute facts in the articles; the latter are often accompanied by official magazine responses. Overall the correspondence present in this series is more substantive and relevant to Tomkins' research than that present in the previous series. Handwritten research notes are scattered throughout, mostly consisting of lists of interview contacts and biographical and interview notes. Most of the folder groups also include a typescript draft of the article with hand edits and amendments; the date of these drafts is noted when present. The hand edits are minimal and are likely from copy editors at the magazine although there is evidence that some interview subjects reviewed the articles before publication. A few folders contain multiple typescript drafts of different dates.
While the contents of the separately organized research binders are discussed below, some of their contents have filtered into these folders or are duplicated here. Such materials include interview transcripts, summaries and glosses, notes of time spent with the interview subjects (often referred to as the "log"), and index pages for the binders. These materials are described more fully in the next series.
These files represent all the major articles Tomkins wrote at The New Yorker with a few exceptions. Materials gathered for the Profiles on Robert Rauschenberg and Marcel Duchamp are scant and are likely to have been moved to the research files for the books on those subjects. The research materials for Living Well is the Best Revenge, a book on Sara and Gerald Murphy, have been withheld by Tomkins; the research materials for the Profile that led to the book are likewise absent.
Folders are organized in chronological order by date of article publication. The length of time between the start of research and publication varied from three months to two or more years. Within the folders, material has been left in original order. Newsprint has been photocopied and discarded, acidic and fragile materials have been isolated, and extant photographs and slides have been given special housing. The few computer disks that are present were left in the folders but their contents were printed out (in all cases the disks only contained drafts of the articles sent to, or returned by, the magazine.) Original folder titles have been noted where they differ from the article subject and the folders themselves photocopied when information was inscribed on them.
The folder titles below list the department under which the article was published, the article title, and the general subject. The date noted in the right-most column is the date of article publication, not the date of the research materials.
|II.A.1||Profile: "Beyond the Machine," Jean Tinguely
1 ALS Jean Tinguely-CT (4/28/1961)
|II.A.2||Profile: "Beyond the Machine," Jean Tinguely
Tear sheets of Profile and later materials on Tinguely including bound, photocopied book of recollections by Niki de Saint-Phalle (after 1991).
|II.A.3||Profile: "Beyond the Machine," Jean Tinguely
[Original folder title "Homage à New York"]
|II.A.4||Profile: "Beyond the Machine," Jean Tinguely
[Original folder title "Kinetic Show Motion Show (Other Motion Artists)"]
|II.A.5||Profile: "A Thing Among Things," Richard Lippold
[Original folder title "Lippold-Philharmonic"]
|II.A.6||A Reporter at Large: "The Last Skill Acquired," Dyslexia
Newspaper and magazine articles on Dyslexia; two unpublished articles by Norman Geschwind, then professor of neurology, Harvard School of Medicine; transcript of CBS program, "Dyslexia: The Invisible Handicap" (5/18/1980).
|II.A.7||A Reporter at Large: "The Last Skill Acquired," Dyslexia
[Original folder title: "Orton"]
|II.A.8||A Reporter at Large: "The Last Skill Acquired," Dyslexia
[Original folder title: "Orton"]
|II.A.9||A Reporter at Large: "The Last Skill Acquired," Dyslexia
Offprints of article, draft typescript with autograph edits and suggested edits by Claude B. Dufault.
|II.A.10||Profile: "Woomera has It!," John R. Pierce
[Original folder title "Echo"]
|II.A.11||Profile: "Woomera has It!," John R. Pierce
[Original folder title "Telstar"]
|II.A.12||Profile: "Woomera has It!," John R. Pierce
1 TLS John Pierce-CT (7/5/1963) [re: revisions to Profile]
|II.A.13||Profile: "Moving Out," Robert Rauschenberg
Tear sheet of Profile only.
Interview notes and other materials gathered for this article were later dispersed by CT among the files of Series IV.C.
|II.A.14||Profile: "Figure in an Imaginary Landscape," John Cage
Tear sheet of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits, expense report, more recent articles and clippings.
|II.A.15||Profile: "Figure in an Imaginary Landscape," John Cage
1 TLS Aaron Copland-CT (1/1/1964) [re: request for interview for Cage Profile]
|II.A.16||Profile: "Not Seen And/Or Less Seen," Marcel Duchamp
Tear sheet of Profile only.
Materials gathered for this article were later dispersed by CT among the files of Series IV.D. A 44-page transcript of an interview between CT and Duchamp in 1964 is located in folder IV.D.29.
|II.A.17||Profile: "In the Outlaw Area," R. Buckminster Fuller
Tear sheets of Profile, draft typescript (12/12/1965), CT's tear sheets from reprint of article on Fuller in another magazine (Saturday Evening Post?).
|II.A.18|| Annals of Law: "The Lewis and Clark Case"
Tear sheets of article, draft typescript with hand edits (2/9/1965).
|II.A.19||Annals of Law: "The Lewis and Clark Case"
1 ALS, TL copy Mrs. Vaclav Vytlacil-TNY (11/15/1966) [re: correcting factual errors in published article]
|II.A.20||Profile: "The Creative Situation," Eric Hoffer
8 ALS Eric Hoffer-CT (9/9/1966-9/29/1967)
|II.A.21||Profile: "The Creative Situation," Eric Hoffer
1 ALS Lili Osborne-CT (4/17/1968)
|II.A.22||Profile: "The Very Rich Hours of Joe Levine," Joseph E. Levine
Tear sheets of Profile, photocopy draft typescript with hand edits (3/15/1967)
|II.A.23||Profile: "A Certain Attitude Toward Change," Samuel B. Gould
[Original folder title "Education, Misc."]
|II.A.24||Profile: "A Certain Attitude Toward Change," Samuel B. Gould
[Original folder title "State University of N.Y. at Stony Brook"]
|II.A.25||Profile: "A Certain Attitude Toward Change," Samuel B. Gould
[Original folder title "SUNY-General"]
|II.A.26||Profile: "A Certain Attitude Toward Change," Samuel B. Gould
Typescript address, "Whose Goals for Higher Education," given by Gould (10/12/1967), correspondence with various officials for article, expenses, research notes.
|II.A.27||Profile: "A Certain Attitude Toward Change," Samuel B. Gould
Tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits(11/28/1966).
|II.A.28||Profile: "A Certain Attitude Toward Change," Samuel B. Gould
[Original folder title "Internatl. Studies Center" and "Mr. Calvin Tomkins"]
|II.A.29||Profile: "An Appetite for Motion," Merce Cunningham
Pamphlets, programs, tear sheets of other articles, clippings (up to 1996) and expenses.
|II.A.30||Profile: "An Appetite for Motion," Merce Cunningham
Negative filmstrips, 1 photograph, 2 contact sheets, all of Cunningham troupe in practice; tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft (10/9/1967).
|II.A.31||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "E.A.T."
Draft typescript with hand edits (n.d.), copyright assignment document, erratum slip.
|II.A.32||Profile: "Moving with the Flow," Henry Geldzahler
[Original folder title "Henry Geldzahler and the Sixties"]
|II.A.33||Profile: "Moving with the Flow," Henry Geldzahler
Tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft (3/18/1971).
|II.A.34||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "Maybe a Quantum Leap" Earth Art
1 ACS Robert Smithson-CT (9/8/1971) [re: Spiral Jetty]
|II.A.35|| Onward and Upward with the Arts: "Maybe a Quantum Leap" Earth Art
[Original folder title: "Christo Valley Curtain"]
|II.A.36||Profile: "All Pockets Open," Jonas Mekas
1 TLS Jonas Mekas-CT (4/21/1972)
|II.A.37||Profile: "All Pockets Open," Jonas Mekas
Tear sheets of Profile, typescript with hand edits.
|II.A.38||Profile: "The Black People of Bridgehampton," Bridgehampton, Long Island
Correspondence from residents, report of concerned parents committee, various notes on contacts and questions, news clippings.
|II.A.39||Profile: "The Black People of Bridgehampton," Bridgehampton, Long Island
Typescript draft with hand edits (11/30/1972).
|II.A.40||Profile: "The Rose in the Eye Looked Pretty Fine," Georgia O'Keeffe
1 ACS Georgia O'Keeffe-Unknown (n.d.)
|II.A.41||Profile: "The Rose in the Eye Looked Pretty Fine," Georgia O'Keeffe
Tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits (n.d.), full-page advertisement for TNY using O'Keeffe Profile, expenses, news clippings and magazine article from after O'Keeffe's death.
|II.A.42|| A Reporter at Large: "Thinking in Time" Alexander Marshack
1 photocopy TLS Alexander Marshack-CT (n.d.) [re: pre-publication history of Marshack's book The Roots of Civilization]
|II.A.43|| A Reporter at Large: "Thinking in Time" Alexander Marshack
4 TLS Alexander Marshack-CT (4/16, 5/5, 5/26/1973, 3/31/1974) [re: contacts, research information, etc.]
|II.A.44|| A Reporter at Large: "Thinking in Time" Alexander Marshack
Articles, news clippings, promotional pages and other materials regarding The Roots of Civilization, list of contacts, expenses, tear sheets of article.
|II.A.45||Profile: "Look to the Things Around You," Paul Strand
1 TLS John Dunn-CT (n.d.) [re: factual inaccuracies in Profile concerning Elmer Davis and Pare Lorentz, see folder I.33 for
correspondence from Lorentz on subject]
|II.A.46||Profile: "Look to the Things Around You," Paul Strand
Full-page advertisement for TNY using Strand Profile, typescript draft with hand edits, expenses, assignment of copyright for Profile.
|II.A.47||Profile: "Good Cooking," Julia Child
1 ALS Rosemary Manell-TNY (9/14/1974)
|II.A.48||Profile: "Good Cooking," Julia Child
Summaries of television episodes, press releases on live cooking demonstrations, news clippings, correspondence from Alfred A. Knopf regarding Child's book sales, carbon copy of typescript draft from …Art of French Cooking, copies of Child's fan mail.
|II.A.49||Profile: "Good Cooking," Julia Child
Photocopy of tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits (5/17/1974), expenses, full-page advertisement for TNY using Child Profile.
|II.A.50||Profile: "Time to Think," Robert Wilson
Tear sheets, photocopies, performance and festival programs and brochures, correspondence from the Byrd Hoffman Foundation, index to research binder, restaurant menu with doodles (possibly by Wilson?).
|II.A.51||Profile: "Time to Think," Robert Wilson
Tear sheets, interview glosses with Seth S. Faison, Harvey Lichtenstein, Law Lloyd, Robert Wilson and Richard Foreman; expense notes, research notes, programs to Foreman's productions with notes.
|II.A.52||Profile: "Time to Think," Robert Wilson
[Original folder title: "Einstein on the Beach"]
|II.A.53||Profile: "Time to Think," Robert Wilson
News clippings and later materials, tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits (1/31/1975).
|II.A.54||Profile: "Video Visionary," Nam June Paik
2 ACS Nam June Paik-CT (8/12, 12/18/1975)
|II.A.55||Profile: "Video Visionary," Nam June Paik
1 TLS Nam June Paik-CT (5/29/1974) [re: Rockefeller Foundation report]
|II.A.56||Profile: "Video Visionary," Nam June Paik
Later articles and gallery pamphlet, tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits (8/2/1974), expenses.
|II.A.57||Profile: "A Keeper of the Treasure," Betty Parsons
1 TLS Sidney Janis-CT (10/4/1974) [re: Parsons' tenancy and legal history]
|II.A.58||Profile: "New Paradigms," Michael Murphy
1 TLS Nancy Williams-CT (1/12/1976) [re: refutation of some claims in Profile]
|II.A.59||Profile: "New Paradigms," Michael Murphy
News clippings and articles, Esalen press releases, grant proposal from the Esalen Institute for "American Society in Transition" (9/1974), photocopy of typescript article by Michael Murphy, "Athletes in the Games of Philosophy: Mystical States and Extraordinary Powers in the Practice of Sport" (n.d.), research notes.
|II.A.60||Profile: "New Paradigms," Michael Murphy
Later news clipping, tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits (1/13/1975).
|II.A.61||Profile: "The Moods of a Stone," Tatyana Grossman
1 TLS Tatyana Grossman-CT [corrections to draft of Profile]
|II.A.62||Profile: "The Moods of a Stone," Tatyana Grossman
[Original folder title: "Prints"]
|II.A.63||Profile: "Ridiculous," Charles Ludlam
Tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits, research notes, theater programs, news clippings, The Drama Review 18:2 (June, 1974) with articles by Charles Ludlam and Richard Foreman.
|II.A.64||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "Running Fence," Christo
News clippings, curriculum vitae of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, official photographs of Wrapped Reichstag and fact sheet of project, research notes, typescript draft with hand edits (10/12/1976).
|II.A.65|| Onward and Upward with the Arts: "Running Fence," Christo
1 TLS CT-The New York Times (10/20/1980) [re: rebuttal to editorial opposition to Christo's gates project for Central Park]
|II.A.66|| Onward and Upward with the Arts: "Running Fence," Christo
1 TLS Mary McChesney-CT (11/8/1976)
|II.A.67||Profile: "Forms Under Light," Philip Johnson
1 TLS Marga Barr-CT (6/2/1976) [re: her personal recollections of Johnson]
|II.A.68||Profile: "Forms Under Light," Philip Johnson
1 TLS Robert A.M. Stern-CT (6/22/1976) [re: Johnson's writing]
|II.A.69||Profile: "Forms Under Light," Philip Johnson
Tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits (7/26/1976).
|II.A.70||Profile: "Putting Something Over Something Else," Romare Bearden
Possible topical index to interview binder
|II.A.71||Profile: "Putting Something Over Something Else," Romare Bearden
Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (January 1969), two exhibition catalogs of Bearden and two on Horace Pippin and Jacob Lawrence.
|II.A.72||Profile: "Putting Something Over Something Else," Romare Bearden
Exhibition catalogs, news clippings, typescript draft with hand edits ("author's original") (5/27/1975).
|II.A.73||Profile: "Look What I've Got Here," Claes Oldenburg
News clippings, articles, press releases, installation program, ephemera, mostly related to purchase and unveiling of Bat Column, bibliographic and research notes, photocopy of translation of catalogue text for Oldenburg show at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, sheet of reminiscences by Oldenburg's father.
|II.A.74||Profile: "Look What I've Got Here," Claes Oldenburg
Photocopy of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits (5/9/1977), reader correspondence.
|II.A.75||Profile: "A Good Monster," Pontus Hulten
Two booklets on the Pompidou Center [one with annotations], typescript draft with hand edits (9/6/1977).
|II.A.76||Profile: "A Good Eye and a Good Ear," Leo Castelli
1 TLS Dr. Bernard Brodsky-TNY (10/26/1975) [re: response to article on Castelli]
|II.A.77||Profile: "A Good Eye and a Good Ear," Leo Castelli
Research notes, article, tear sheets of Profile.
|II.A.78||Profile: "The Space Around Real Things," Frank Stella
News clippings, articles, tear sheets, press release, research, bibliographic and chronological notes, photocopies of notes by Stella [probably from Norton Lectures] and interview with Stella by Henry Geldzahler, proposal to TNY for Profile on Stella (8/18/1983), exhibition invitations, pamphlets and catalogs, typescript article by unknown author.
|II.A.79||Profile: "The Space Around Real Things," Frank Stella
Tear sheets of Profile, correspondence in response to publication, magazine article, typescript draft with hand edits.
|II.A.80||Profile: "Getting Everything In," Jennifer Bartlett
Interview notes with Bartlett, news clippings, exhibition catalogs, typescript draft, with hand edits, of Bartlett article as composed for catalogue of exhibition at the Walker Art Center and reprinted as a Profile.
|II.A.81||Profile: "Sharpening the Eye," William S. Rubin
Tear sheets of Profile, research and interview notes, contacts lists, news clippings, articles, MoMA brochures, press releases, fact sheets and other materials, most describing effects of 1984 museum expansion .
|II.A.82||Profile: "Sharpening the Eye," William S. Rubin
Photocopies of drafts and final texts of Rubin's and Kirk Varnedoe's replies to negative review of Primitivism in 20th Century Art by Thomas McEvilley in Artforum and draft of later Rubin rebuttal to McEvilley's response, articles, news clippings, MoMA press releases relating to Rubin's career.
|II.A.83||Profile: "Stage Pictures," Rosamond Bernier
1 ALS "John"-CT (6/20/1985) [re: Jennifer Bartlett, Richard Schulman and Bernier]
|II.A.84||Profile: "Colored Muds in a Sticky Substance," John M. Brealey
Tear sheets of Profile, material on Alexander Eliot and the restoration of the Sistine Chapel, lecture, "Who Needs a Conservator," by Brealey (10/1/1983), news clippings, articles, photocopied character testaments regarding Brealy's possible move to the Metropolitan Museum, research notes.
|II.A.85||Profile: "Colored Muds in a Sticky Substance," John M. Brealey
Press releases, news clippings, research notes (outline of Profile or binder index,) materials related to the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Conservation of Cultural Properties (ICCROM), contacts list.
|II.A.86||A Reporter at Large: "Irises," Art Auctions
Typescript draft of unpublished Profile on David Nash (8/7/1987), news clippings, research notes.
|II.A.87|| A Reporter at Large: "Irises," Art Auctions
[Original folder title: "Tanguy et al. (Doucet, Mirbeau, Fénéon, Poiet)"]
|II.A.88|| A Reporter at Large: "Irises," Art Auctions
[Original folder title: "Notes and Misc."]
|II.A.89||A Reporter at Large: "Irises," Art Auctions
[Original folder title: "Sotheby's-Irises II"]
|II.A.90||A Reporter at Large: "Irises," Art Auctions
[Original folder title: "Irises and Paysons and Maine"]
|II.A.91||A Reporter at Large: "Irises," Art Auctions
[Original folder title: "Prices at Auction"]
|II.A.92||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "Hear," Max Neuhaus
Tear sheets of article, pamphlets, exhibition ephemera, articles, Neuhaus curriculum vitae, artist statements, contact and research notes, transcripts of interviews between Neuhaus and other individuals.
|II.A.93||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "Hear," Max Neuhaus
Articles, news clippings, artist statements, pamphlets, typescript draft of article with hand edits (n.d).
|II.A.94||Profile: "A Sense of Urgency," Marian Wright Edelman
Edelman family photograph, tear sheets of Profile, news clippings, articles, press releases, research notes, expenses.
|II.A.95||Profile: "Open, Available, Useful," Siah Armajani
Photocopy of Profile, press releases, news clippings, postcards, articles, five slides of Armajani works, contact lists, materials on related artists such as Isamu Noguchi, Scott Burton and James Turrell, photocopies of TNY Art World articles by CT on public and outdoor art.
|II.A.96||Profile: "Open, Available, Useful," Siah Armajani
1 ALS Siah Armajani-CT (n.d.)
|II.A.97||Profile: "For the Nation," J. Carter Brown
[Original folder title: "Natl. Gallery-History of"]
|II.A.98||Profile: "For the Nation," J. Carter Brown
Photocopy of Profile, news clippings, articles, chronology of major events at the museum.
|II.A.99||Profile: "For the Nation," J. Carter Brown
News clippings, articles on art collectors, museum brochure, press releases, correspondence with museum, contact lists, transcript of National Press Club speech by Brown.
|II.A.100||Profile: "A Single Person Making a Single Thing," Richard Benson
1 TLS Lincoln Kirstein-CT (9/23/1990)
|II.A.101||Profile: "A Single Person Making a Single Thing," Richard Benson
Tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft with hand annotations (9/10/1990), reader correspondence.
|II.A.102||Profile: "A Touch for the Now," Walter Hopps
Photocopy of Profile, research and interview notes, 1 3.5" computer floppy disk, labeled "Walter Hopps Profile text, Calvin Tomkins 3/18/1991," contents of disk include draft Profile (3/18/1991) and two separate title pages labeled "revised" (2/21, 3/15/1991), all documents printed out.
|II.A.103||Profile: "A Touch for the Now," Walter Hopps
1 TLS Eleanor Dickinson-TNY (11/26/n.y.) [re: correcting fact in Profile]
|II.A.104||Profile: "A Touch for the Now," Walter Hopps
Typescript draft of Profile (3/18/1991).
|II.A.105||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Piano Principle," Renzo Piano
1 TLS CT-Tina [i.e. Tina Brown] (3/21/1994) [re: possible publication dates for Piano article]
|II.A.106||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Piano Principle," Renzo Piano
2 TLS CT-Renzo Piano (9/12/1992, 2/22/1993) [re: proposing article and arranging interviews]
|II.A.107||Profile: "The World of Carmel Snow," Carmel Snow
Tear sheets of Profile, news clippings, articles, press release, 1 3.5" computer floppy disk, labeled "Carmel Snow (Calvin Tomkins)(WordPerfect 5.1)," contents of disk includes draft Profile (n.d.), document printed out.
|II.A.108||Profile: "The World of Carmel Snow," Carmel Snow
Interview notes and transcripts, many interviews conducted by DK, many notes possibly in her hand.
|II.A.109||Profile: "The World of Carmel Snow," Carmel Snow
Interview notes and transcripts, photocopies of book excerpts, entire legal notepad of chronology and other notes, many interviews conducted by DK, many notes possibly in her hand.
|II.A.110||Profile: "Artist Unknown," Albert York
Tear sheets of Profile, articles, gallery pamphlets and announcements, 1 3.5" computer floppy disk, labeled "Albert York Profile (Tomkins)(WordPerfect 5.1)," contents of disk includes draft Profile (n.d.), document printed out, interview notes and transcripts, press releases.
|II.A.111||Profile: "Artist Unknown," Albert York
Interview notes and transcripts, press releases, news clippings, photocopy of draft typescript with hand annotations (4/24/1995), earlier undated typescript of Profile, blank note cards of York's artwork.
|II.A.112||Profile: "Artist Unknown," Albert York
1 TLS Tina Brown-CT (4/5/1995) [re: suggested edits to Profile]
|II.A.113||Profile: "The Garden Artist," Dan Kiley
1 TL facsimile Tina Brown-CT (9/25/1995) [re: edits to Profile]
|II.A.114||Profile: "The Garden Artist," Dan Kiley
Twenty-one 3x5 color photographs of Kiley-designed landscape, some images with Kiley, many labeled "Kiley/Salisbury," news clippings, articles, photocopies of book passages, contact lists, issue of Inland Architect, photocopy of site inspection and initial design suggestions, from the office of Dan Kiley to Edgar and Clarissa Bronfman (8/14/1995), regarding their property Hammersley Hill.
|II.A.115||Profile: "The Garden Artist," Dan Kiley
1 ALS Dan Kiley-CT and DK (7/22/1995) [re: recent interview, more meetings for Profile and progress on the Bronfman estate]
|II.A.116||Profile: "The Garden Artist," Dan Kiley
Articles, news clippings and spiral-bound company curriculum vitae of Martha Schwartz, Inc. landscape architects.
|II.A.117||Profile: "The Garden Artist," Dan Kiley
Process: Architecture 108 (February 1983), Japanese periodical, issue title: "Dan Kiley: Landscape Design II," curriculum vitae of the Office of Dan Kiley.
|II.A.118||The Sky Line: "The Maverick," Frank Gehry
Tear sheets of article, articles, news clippings.
|II.A.119||The Sky Line: "The Maverick," Frank Gehry
1 TLS CT-Frank Gehry (9/30/1996) [re: proposal for Profile]
|II.A.120||The Sky Line: "The Maverick," Frank Gehry
[Original folder title: "Most recent"]
|II.A.121||The Sky Line: "The Maverick," Frank Gehry
[Original folder title: "Disney Hall"]
|II.A.122||The Sky Line: "The Maverick," Frank Gehry
[Original folder title: "Gehry-Bilbao"]
|II.A.123||The Sky Line: "The Maverick," Frank Gehry
[Original folder title: "Other architects"]
|II.A.124||The Sky Line: "The Maverick," Frank Gehry
Three typescript drafts of article (5/26/1997 with hand edits, n.d., 4/28/1997).
|II.A.125||Profile: "The Importance of Being Elitist," Philippe de Montebello
1 TLS Arthur Rosenblatt-Tina Brown (11/24/1997) [re: corrections to Profile, includes memo detailing de Montebello's rebuttal]
|II.A.126||Profile: "The Importance of Being Elitist," Philippe de Montebello
News clippings, brochures, articles, press releases, research and biographical notes, interview correspondence, interview glosses and summaries, contact lists.
|II.A.127||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Benefactor," Dominique de Menil
Newspaper and magazine articles, press releases relating to de Menil and the Menil Collection.
|II.A.128||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Benefactor," Dominique de Menil
[Original folder title: "Remarks made by others about Dominique de Menil"]
|II.A.129||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Benefactor," Dominique de Menil
Tear sheets of article, typescript draft of article (n.d).
|II.A.130||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Benefactor," Dominique de Menil
News clippings, articles, press releases, fact checking correspondence to Susan Sontag and others, programs from de Menil's memorial services, research notes, index to research binder, contact list.
|II.A.131||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Benefactor," Dominique de Menil
1 ACS Sylvie Boissonnas (sister to de Menil)-CT (2/28/1998)
|II.A.132||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Benefactor," Dominique de Menil
[Original folder titles: "catalogue introductions by Dominique de Menil" and "Quotations enjoyed by Dominique de Menil"]
|II.A.133||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Man Who Walks on Air," Philippe Petit
Tear sheets of article, typescript draft of article with hand edits (n.d.), research notes, official pamphlets and material on Petit's projects Canyon Walk and Tour et Fil, news clippings.
|II.A.134||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Man Who Walks on Air," Philippe Petit
2 facsimile ALS Philippe Petit-CT (9/16, 10/6/1998)
|II.A.135||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Man Who Walks on Air," Philippe Petit
Guide book to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, guide book to the Grand Canyon.
|II.A.136||Profile: "After Shock," Damien Hirst
Photocopy of Profile, typescript draft of Profile with hand edits (n.d.), contact lists, research correspondence, notes biographical materials, news clippings, articles.
|II.A.137||Profile: "After Shock," Damien Hirst
News clippings, articles, some small notes and research correspondence, exhibition booklet and ephemera.
|II.A.138||Profile: "An Eye for the New," Ileana Sonnabend
Photocopy of Profile, news clippings, articles, gallery ephemera, interview summary and transcript, notes, correspondence.
|II.A.139||Profile: "An Eye for the New," Ileana Sonnabend
Research binder index, partial typescript draft of Profile (n.d.), research and interview notes.
Additional typescript draft of Profile is located in folder III.129, Postscript: "The Lion," 9/6/1999.
|II.A.140||Profile: "Her Secret Identities," Cindy Sherman
Photocopy of Profile, typescript draft of Profile with hand edits and cover letter from editor (4/4/n.y.), typescript draft of Profile (3/30/2000), research and interview notes.
|II.A.141||Profile: "Her Secret Identities," Cindy Sherman
News clippings, articles, press releases.
|II.A.142||Profile: "The Tennis Artist," John McEnroe
1 facsimile TLS David Remnick-CT (7/17/2000)
|II.A.143||Profile: "The Big Picture," Andreas Gursky
Photocopy of Profile, tear sheet of Profile reprint in Modern Painters, curriculum vitae of Gursky, research notes, correspondence, interview transcripts from other sources, expense receipts, news clippings, articles.
|II.A.144||Profile: "Schnabel in Lights," Julian Schnabel
1 ALS CT and DK-Damien Hirst (2/15/2001) [re: Schnabel]
|II.A.145||Profile: "The Modernist," Kirk Varnedoe
Tear sheets of Profile, typescript draft with hand edits (n.d.), press releases, news clippings, articles, brochures, lecture notes from Varnedoe, copies of emails concerning his cancer, research notes, typescript draft review of Modern Starts: Things [MoMA Exh. #1838, November 17(21), 1999-March 14, 2000] by Frank Stella.
|II.A.146||Profile: "The Modernist," Kirk Varnedoe
News clippings, articles, research correspondence, interview quotes and summary of William Rubin (2/16/1973).
|II.A.147||Department of Education: "Can Art Be Taught?," Ellen Phelan
Photocopy of article, typescript draft of article (n.d.), internal correspondence and documents from Harvard University and the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies (VES), news clippings, articles, Phelan curriculum vitae.
|II.A.148||Department of Education: "Can Art Be Taught?," Ellen Phelan
News clippings and articles, internal Harvard correspondence and documents and correspondence from Phelan to CT and DK.
|II.A.149||Department of Education: "Can Art Be Taught?," Ellen Phelan
Biographical notes and materials, articles, news clippings, brochures from VES.
|II.A.150||Department of Education: "Can Art Be Taught?," Ellen Phelan
Photocopy of Report of the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University (Cambridge: The University) 1956.
|II.A.151||Department of Education: "Can Art Be Taught?," Ellen Phelan
News articles and clippings, press releases, department and facilities descriptions, information on various graduate art schools.
|II.A.152||Department of Education: "Can Art Be Taught?," Ellen Phelan
Brochures, pamphlets, and event calendars from Harvard.
|II.A.153||Profile: "Man of Steel," Richard Serra
1 TLS Nancy Holt-CT (n.d.) [re: friendship with Serra]
|II.A.154||Profile: "Flying Into the Light," James Turrell
Photocopy of Profile, research correspondence and notes, news clippings, articles, press releases, pamphlets and brochures, typescript draft of Profile with hand edits (n.d.) Also includes interview notes and other materials on Dia Art Foundation from the later Profile.
|II.A.155||Profile: "His Body, Himself," Matthew Barney
Photocopy of Profile, one page of notes, article.
|II.A.156||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Mission," Dia Art Foundation
Photocopy of article, typescript draft of article with hand edits (4/14/2003).
|II.A.157||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Mission," Dia Art Foundation
Dia pamphlets, press releases and ephemera, news clippings and magazine articles.
|II.A.158||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Mission," Dia Art Foundation
News clippings and magazine articles.
|II.A.159||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Mission," Dia Art Foundation
News clippings and magazine articles.
|II.A.160||Profile: "Missing in Action," Lee Bontecou
Photocopy of article, typescript draft of article with hand edits (n.d.), news clippings, articles, lecture notes from Ann Philbin on Bontecou, research correspondence and interview notes, documents of art by Wilhelmina Van Ness, email correspondence between CT, Anne Philbin and William Giles (Bontecou's husband,) concerning Giles' negative reaction to the Profile and to the exhibition catalogue essay by Robert Storr, Bontecou's artist's statement (9/12/2003).
|II.A.161||Profile: "Missing in Action," Lee Bontecou
Photographic reprint of portrait of Bontecou and Giles, news clippings, reproductions of artworks and portraits of Bontecou, exhibition brochures.
|II.A.162||Profile: "Missing in Action," Lee Bontecou
Includes interview notes with Klaus Kertess and Irving Blum, correspondence (primarily email) with Lee Bontecou and Billy Giles, the curators of Bontecou exhibit and catalogue authors, among others.
|II.A.163||Profile: "Missing in Action," Lee Bontecou
Articles, book extracts, news clippings, manuscript copies of catalogue essays by Mona Hadler, Elizabeth Smith, and Robert Storr.
|II.A.164||Profile: "Missing in Action," Lee Bontecou
Article, book extracts, and news clippings.
|II.A.165||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Gates to the City," Jeanne-Claude and Christo
1 TLS DK-Evelyn Lauder (1/24/2003) [re: accidents during previous installations of Christo's works]
|II.A.166||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Gates to the City," Jeanne-Claude and Christo
1 facsimile ALS Jeanne-Claude and Christo-CT and DK (1/23/2004) [re: contact information]
|II.A.167||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Gates to the City," Jeanne-Claude and Christo
Brochures, news clippings, articles, copy of complete installation agreement for The Gates between the CVJ Corporation and the City of New York (1/17/2003), New York Parks Department report on the project (2/1981), introductory lecture notes by CT from New Yorker Festival.
|II.A.168||Recollections: "Summer Afternoon," Calvin Tomkins
Essay on CT's youth, includes photocopy of article, articles on the Adirondacks, and typescript draft of essay, titled "Plaisir d'Amour" and marked "#2".
|II.A.169||Profile: "The Prankster," Maurizio Cattelan
Photocopy of Profile, typescript draft of Profile with hand edits (n/d/), interview notes and quotes, news clippings, articles, many related to the Wrong Gallery.
|II.A.170||Profile: "The Prankster," Maurizio Cattelan
News clippings, articles, pamphlets and brochures.
|II.A.171||Profile: "Everything in Sight," Robert Rauschenberg
Photocopy of article, sheet of color reproductions of Irving Penn's photographs for article, five 8x10 color prints of recent Rauschenberg works.
|II.A.172||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Missing Madonna," Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna
Photocopy of article, typescript draft of article, interview extracts and summaries with Keith Christiansen, Philippe de Montebello, and others, interview notes and summaries (apparently the entire contents of research binder that otherwise would be in Subseries II.B,) unpublished materials on the provenance of the painting, news clippings, magazine articles.
|II.A.173||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Missing Madonna," Madonna and Child by Duccio di Buoninsegna
News clippings, press releases, book extracts, research notes.
|II.A.174||Profile: "Shall We Dance?" Rirkrit Tiravanija
Photocopy of article, typescript draft of article, biographical material and copy of the Guggenheim members magazine.
|II.A.175||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "How American is It?" The Whitney Museum
Photocopy of article, two typescript drafts of article titled, "Profile: Adam Weinberg" ("revised 12/21/2005", "revised 1/11/2006"),
interview notes, research correspondence, news clippings, press releases, ephemera.
|II.A.176||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "How American is It?" The Whitney Museum
Typescript draft of article (n.d.), book photocopies, news clippings.
|II.A.177||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "How American is It?" The Whitney Museum
[Original folder title: "Tom Armstrong"]
|II.A.178||Profile: "The Mind's Eye," Jasper Johns
Photocopy of article, interview notes, photocopies of research binder material, some material from earlier interviews, typescript draft of article.
|II.A.179||Profile: "The Mind's Eye," Jasper Johns
News clippings, press releases, interview notes from 1999 featuring Johns' thoughts on Leo Castelli, typescript draft of Art World essay titled, "The Shadow Knows" (10/28/1996), and published as "The Changing Picture," 11/11/1996.
Subseries II.B: Research and Interview Binders 1963-2006
Much more than the research folders, the research and interview binders consist of original material generated by Tomkins and used in the composition of his major articles for The New Yorker. The binders are all organized in a similar fashion and are mostly composed of typescript pages, tabbed and paginated sections, and page headers. Contact lists of interviewees and additional resources are usually first. If an index exists it is also at front. Often the binders have chronologies and other biographical summaries at the front as well. The second major section is interviews with the major article subject followed by interviews with other people. Complete or partial transcripts of interviews are rare and occur more frequently in later binders. Most often, Tomkins (and later Kazanjian) would summarize the content of interviews interspersed with extended direct quotes from the subjects. Included in these pages are observations by the author on the setting of the interview and descriptions of the subjects and their attitude or composure. Tomkins also occasionally recorded thoughts and observations on his journey or visit to the interviewees; these notes are referred to as the "log." Supporting and secondary interviews follow the format of the main interviews and are typically arranged alphabetically by last name. "Off the record" comments are distinctly labeled; in many cases it is noted that entire interviews are off the record though specific quotes from those interviews may later be approved for publication. Final materials in the binders include bibliographies, extracts from published material such as reviews and news clippings, and miscellaneous items. In those instances when loose material is present it has been noted. Many of the binders included tear sheets or photocopies of the published articles; those have been removed to the research files.
There are fewer binders than research folders. Materials from the binder on the Marcel Duchamp Profile are likely to be in the research files for the book on that subject as a binder is not present here. The interview and research binders have been organized chronologically according to the article's publication date. Materials have been removed from the binders and placed in archival folders. Tabbed dividers have been retained. In some cases the binder was divided into two or more folders due to size. The materials are all in good condition with little or no fragile materials. The folder title shows the department the article was published under, the article title, and the general subject. The right-most column displays the date of publication.
Research files in the previous series should be consulted for additional material originally prepared for or included in these binders.
|II.B.1||Profile: "A Thing Among Things," Richard Lippold||3/30/1963|
|II.B.2||A Reporter at Large: "The Last Skill Acquired"||9/14/1963|
|II.B.3||Profile: "Woomera has It!," John R. Pierce||9/21/1963|
|II.B.4||Profile: "Moving Out," Robert Rauschenberg||2/29/1964|
|II.B.5||Profile: "Figure in an Imaginary Landscape," John Cage||11/28/1964|
|II.B.6||Profile: "In the Outlaw Area," R. Buckminster Fuller||1/8/1966|
|II.B.7||Profile: "The Creative Situation," Eric Hoffer
Includes correspondence concerning photographs of Hoffer.
|II.B.8||Profile: "The Very Rich Hours of Joe Levine," Joseph E. Levine||9/16/1967|
|II.B.9||Profile: "A Certain Attitude Toward Change," Samuel B. Gould||12/18/1967|
|II.B.10||Profile: "An Appetite for Motion," Merce Cunningham||5/4/1968|
|II.B.11||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "E.A.T."||10/3/1970|
|II.B.12||Profile: "Moving with the Flow," Henry Geldzahler||11/6/1971|
|II.B.13||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "Maybe a Quantum Leap" Earth Art||2/5/1972|
|II.B.14||Profile: "All Pockets Open," Jonas Mekas||1/6/1973|
|II.B.15||Profile: "The Black People of Bridgehampton"||9/10/1973|
|II.B.16||Profile: "The Rose in the Eye Looked Pretty Fine," Georgia O'Keeffe||3/4/1974|
|II.B.17||Profile: "Look to the Things Around You," Paul Strand||9/16/1974|
|II.B.18||Profile: "Good Cooking," Julia Child||12/23/1974|
|II.B.19||Profile: "Time to Think," Robert Wilson
Includes tear sheets of Profile, theater program.
|II.B.20||Profile: "Video Visionary," Nam June Paik||5/5/1975|
|II.B.21||Profile: "A Keeper of the Treasure," Betty Parsons||6/9/1975|
|II.B.22||Profile: "New Paradigms," Michael Murphy||1/5/1976|
|II.B.23||Profile: "The Moods of a Stone," Tatyana Grossman||6/7/1976|
|II.B.24||Profile: "Ridiculous," Charles Ludlam||11/15/1976|
|II.B.25||Profile: "Forms Under Light," Philip Johnson||5/23/1977|
|II.B.26||Profile: "Putting Something Over Something Else," Romare Bearden||11/28/1977|
|II.B.27||Profile: "Look What I've Got Here," Claes Oldenburg||12/12/1977|
|II.B.28||Profile: "A Good Monster," Pontus Hulten||1/16/1978|
|II.B.29||Profile: "A Good Eye and a Good Ear," Leo Castelli||5/26/1980|
|II.B.30||Profile: "The Space Around Real Things," Frank Stella||9/10/1984|
|II.B.31||Profile: "Sharpening the Eye," William S. Rubin||11/4/1985|
|II.B.32||Profile: "Stage Pictures," Rosamond Bernier||1/19/1987|
|II.B.33||Profile: "Colored Muds in a Sticky Substance," John M. Brealey||3/16/1987|
|II.B.34|| A Reporter at Large: "Irises"
[Original binder title: "David Nash Sotheby's"].
|II.B.35||Profile: "A Sense of Urgency," Marian Wright Edelman||3/27/1989|
|II.B.36||Profile: "Open, Available, Useful," Siah Armajani||3/19/1990|
|II.B.37||Profile: "For the Nation," J. Carter Brown||9/3/1990|
|II.B.38||Profile: "A Single Person Making a Single Thing," Richard Benson||12/17/1990|
|II.B.39||Profile: "A Touch for the Now," Walter Hopps||7/29/1991|
|II.B.40||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Piano Principle," Renzo Piano||8/22/1994|
|II.B.41||Profile: "Artist Unknown," Albert York||6/19/1995|
|II.B.42||Profile: "The Garden Artist," Dan Kiley
Includes entire interview transcripts.
|II.B.43||Profile: "The Garden Artist," Dan Kiley
Includes entire interview transcripts.
|II.B.44||The Sky Line: "The Maverick," Frank Gehry||7/7/1997|
|II.B.45||The Sky Line: "The Maverick," Frank Gehry||7/7/1997|
|II.B.46||Profile: "The Importance of Being Elitist," Philippe de Montebello||11/24/1997|
|II.B.47||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Benefactor," Dominique de Menil||6/8/1998|
|II.B.48||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Benefactor," Dominique de Menil||6/8/1998|
|II.B.49||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Benefactor," Dominique de Menil
[Original binder title: "Remarks of Dominique de Menil October 1972-February 1997"]
|II.B.50||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Man Who Walks on Air," Philippe Petit||4/5/1999|
|II.B.51||Profile: "After Shock," Damien Hirst||9/20/1999|
|II.B.52||Profile: "An Eye for the New," Ileana Sonnabend||1/17/2000|
|II.B.53||Profile: "An Eye for the New," Ileana Sonnabend||1/17/2000|
|II.B.54||Profile: "Her Secret Identities," Cindy Sherman||5/15/2000|
|II.B.55||Profile: "The Tennis Artist," John McEnroe||9/4/2000|
|II.B.56||Profile: "The Big Picture," Andreas Gursky||1/22/2001|
|II.B.57||Profile: "Schnabel in Lights," Julian Schnabel||3/19/2001|
|II.B.58||Profile: "The Modernist," Kirk Varnedoe||11/5/2001|
|II.B.59||Department of Education: "Can Art Be Taught?," Ellen Phelan||4/15/2002|
|II.B.60||Profile: "Man of Steel," Richard Serra||8/5/2002|
|II.B.61||Profile: "Flying Into the Light," James Turrell||1/13/2003|
|II.B.62||Profile: "His Body, Himself," Matthew Barney||1/27/2003|
|II.B.63||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Mission," Dia Art Foundation||5/19/2003|
|II.B.64||Profile: "Missing in Action," Lee Bontecou||8/4/2003|
|II.B.65||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "The Gates to the City," Jeanne-Claude and Christo||3/29/2004|
|II.B.66||Profile: "The Prankster," Maurizio Cattelan||10/4/2004|
|II.B.67||Profile: "Everything in Sight," Robert Rauschenberg||5/23/2005|
|II.B.68||Profile: "Shall We Dance?" Rirkrit Tiravanija||10/17/2005|
|II.B.69||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "How American is It?" The Whitney Museum||3/13/2006|
|II.B.70||Profile: "The Mind's Eye," Jasper Johns||12/11/2006|
Series III: Art World Reviews and Other Writings 1970-2006
Throughout his career with The New Yorker, Tomkins wrote occasional pieces for other publications including essays for books (such as exhibition and auction catalogs and artist monographs) and contributions to seminars and conferences. Included here are pieces on Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Buckminster Fuller. But the following series comprises mostly reviews and smaller pieces of writing Tomkins composed for The New Yorker between 1980 and 2004. These pieces were published under various rubrics; the most common department represented here is "The Art World," used for reviews and commentary about the arts. Other departments present include "The Talk of the Town," "Portfolio," "At the Galleries," "Artist's Easel," "Books," and others. Frequently, these pieces were not whole articles but sidebars or captions to full-page photographs or double-page picture spreads. The folder descriptions below record when these texts were given department titles and attributions; otherwise, the folder descriptions identify the pieces simply as "Captions." There are also files here of two articles written for the magazine but never published.
Tomkins began writing short pieces for the magazine in 1958, four years before his first published Profile. However, the first short pieces in this series originate only from 1980, the year Tomkins was appointed official art critic of the magazine. Short pieces other than The Art World are not consistently represented in this collection until after 1987.
The materials in this series are generally of the same composition and character as the research files for major articles. Standard material appearing in a majority of the folders includes magazine and newspaper articles and clippings, gallery and exhibition catalogs and ephemera, press releases, newsletters, and other published material. Manuscript material includes handwritten and typescript notes, interview summaries and quotes, contact lists, chronologies, and some received correspondence. Some material post-dating the article's publication is occasionally present. Many folders include a typescript draft of the article and almost every article has a tear sheet of the published article or a photocopy of a galley proof.
Material has been preserved in its original chronological order, though errors and aberrations have been corrected. Because of their recent origin, most materials are in excellent physical condition. Newspaper has been photocopied and discarded and other acidic materials have been isolated. The folder title shows the department the article was published under, the article title, and the general subject. The right-most column displays the date of publication.
|III.1||"Raggedy Andy," Andy Warhol
Essay published in exhibition catalogue by John Coplans, Andy Warhol (Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, 1970).
|III.2||The Art World: "Matisse's Armchair," Pattern Painting
Includes typescript notes and quotes of interview with Holly Solomon and Daniel Templeton.
|III.3||The Art World: "Matisse's Armchair," Pattern Painting
Exhibition catalogs only.
|III.4||The Art World: "Matisse's Armchair," Pattern Painting
[Original folder title: "Pattern/Decoration"]
|III.5||The Art World: "Rocks," Isamu Noguchi
Includes typescript draft and interview notes.
|III.6||The Art World: "The Art Incarnate," Andy Warhol
Handwritten notes only. .
|III.7||The Art World: "A Thousand Flowers," The SoHo Art World
Typescript impressions of SoHo, interview notes with Ivan Karp .
|III.8||The Art World: "Autobiography," Pablo Picasso
On Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective [MoMA Exh. #1290, May 16-September 30, 1980]
|III.9||The Art World: "Erasing the Line," The Modern Craft Movement||7/28/1980|
|III.10||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "Pottery" Unpublished
Galley copy of article and research binder (entitled "Modern Crafts") on the modern craft movement. This material was found with the previous article research on the status of the craft movement five years later. .
|III.11||The Art World: "Elitism vs. Mobocracy," Expansion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art||9/15/1980|
|III.12||The Art World: "Sun in an Empty Room," Edward Hopper||11/10/1980|
|III.13||The Art World: "Boom," Growth of Art Market||12/22/1980|
|III.14||The Art World: "Communications from Within," German Expressionism
[Original folder title: "Expressionism"].
|III.15||The Art World: "Gloss," Recent Art Books||1/12/1981|
|III.16||The Art World: "The Camel in the Tent," The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art||3/2/1981|
|III.17||The Art World: "Three Salons," Shows at The Whitney and Guggenheim Museums and the Third Annual International Art Exposition||4/13/1981|
|III.18||The Art World: "To Watch or Not Watch," Video Art||5/22/1981|
|III.19||The Art World: "$$$$," Record Art Auctions||6/22/1981|
|III.20||The Art World: "The Antic Muse," Comedy in Art||8/17/1981|
|III.21||The Art World: "Alfred Barr"
Written on Barr's death, includes typescript notes of interview with Philip Johnson and Leo Castelli on their memories of Barr.
|III.22||The Art World: "An End to Chauvinism," The Geographic Spread of Contemporary Art Activity||12/7/1981|
|III.23||The Art World: "Artists' Books, Art Books, and Books on Art"||1/25/1982|
|III.24||The Art World: "The Natural Problem," Robert Smithson||3/29/1982|
|III.25||The Art World: "The Urban Capacity," Public Art||4/5/1982|
|III.26||The Art World: "Seminar," Public Panel of Contemporary Artists||6/7/1982|
|III.27||The Art World: "Tatyana Grossman"
Includes 1 TLS (photocopy) Helen Frankenthaler-William Shawn and CT 8/13/1982 [re: clarification of dates for first editions by various artists at ULAE].
|III.28||The Art World: "The Truth of Appearances," Thomas Eakins||9/13/1982|
|III.29||The Art World: "Skowhegan," Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture||9/20/1982|
|III.30||The Art World: "Looking for the Zeitgeist," Trends in Contemporary Art
Includes interview notes with Ivan Karp and Richard Bellamy.
|III.31||The Art World: "The Void," Yves Klein||1/3/1983|
|III.32||The Art World: "Museums Without Walls," Recent Art Books||1/17/1983|
|III.33||The Art World: "A Winner?" "The Vatican Collections: The Papacy and Art" Exhibition
Includes copy of contract between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Governatorio dello Stato della Citta del Vaticano concerning the terms of condition for the loan and exhibition of works of art from the Vatican for the exhibition The Vatican Collections: The Papacy and Art.
|III.34||The Art World: "Like Water in a Glass," The Confluence of Art and Architecture||3/21/1983|
|III.35||The Art World: "What the Hand Knows," Craftsmanship in Art
Photocopy of tear sheet only.
|III.36||The Art World: "Dallas," The Dallas Museum of Art
Includes a "collection development plan" for the Dallas Museum of Art.
|III.37||The Art World: "Dallas," The Dallas Museum of Art||6/13/1983|
|III.38||The Art World: "Season's End," Spring Art World Activities||7/18/1983|
|III.39||The Art World: "'Jazz,' Etc.," Recent Art Books
Includes handwritten interview notes from Riva Castleman regarding Matisse's Jazz.
|III.40||The Art World: "Alternatives," Alternative Art Spaces
Typescript interview notes with Marcia Tucker of The New Museum.
|III.41||The Art World: "Manet and de Kooning," Two Current Retrospectives||2/6/84|
|III.42||The Art World: "Up from the I.R.T.," Graffiti Art||3/26/1984|
|III.43||The Art World: "Up from the I.R.T.," Graffiti Art
Exhibition catalogs of Post-Graffiti, at the Sidney Janis Gallery in 1983, and Champions, at the Tony Shafrazzi Gallery in 1983.
|III.44||The Art World: "Late Picasso," "Picasso: The Last Years" Exhibition||4/16/1984|
|III.45||The Art World: "Agora," MoMA Expansion||10/15/1984|
|III.46||The Art World: "Talismans," "'Primitivism' in 20th Century Art" Exhibition
On the MoMA exhibition "Primitivism" in 20th Century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern [MoMA Exh. # 1382, September 19, 1984-January 15, 1985].
|III.47||The Art World: "Perception at All Levels," Public Art||12/3/1984|
|III.48||The Art World: "Perception at All Levels," Public Art
Includes complete galley proof of Stacy Paleologos Harris ed., Insights/On Sites: Perspectives on Art in Public Places (Washington D.C.: Partners for Livable Places, 1984).
|III.49||The Art World: "Heavyweights," Recent Art Books||2/11/1985|
|III.50||The Art World: "Tilted Arc"
Includes a bound copy of a brief filed by Richard Serra in the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the fate of Tilted Arc.
|III.51||The Art World: "Clear Painting," Donald Sultan
Includes typescript interview notes with Sultan.
|III.52||The Art World: "Disco," Artists and Clubs of the East Village
Includes typescript draft of article.
|III.53||The Art World: "The One Who Makes Pictures," Karl Bodmer||8/26/1985|
|III.54||The Art World: "Knowing in Action," Abstract Art||11/11/1985|
|III.55||The Art World: "Ingres in Love," Jean Auguste Ingres and The Frick Collection||12/2/1985|
|III.56||The Art World: "Pleasure," Recent Art Books
Includes photocopy of typescript draft.
|III.57||The Art World: "Modern vs. Postmodern," Proposed Whitney Museum Expansion||2/17/1986|
|III.58||The Art World: "Modern vs. Postmodern," Proposed Whitney Museum Expansion
Includes a copy of a petition against the expansion of The Whitney Museum designed by Michael Graves, with a list of all signatories, from the Ad Hoc Committee To Save The Whitney.
|III.59||The Art World: "Medicis, Inc.," Corporate Art Collecting||4/14/1986|
|III.60||The Art World: "Medicis, Inc.," Corporate Art Collecting||4/14/1986|
|III.61||The Art World: "Real and Unreal," Eric Fischl and Alex Katz||5/12/1986|
|III.62||The Art World: "Out of Town," Artists in Minneapolis
Includes forty-two color slides of the artists' works.
|III.63||The Art World: "Passage," Jasper Johns
On the exhibition Jasper Johns: A Print Retrospective [MoMA Exh. #1423, May 19 - August 19, 1986].
|III.64||The Art World: "Gods and Heroes," Plaster Casts at The Queens Museum||9/15/1986|
|III.65||The Art World: "Making It New," Winslow Homer||10/6/1986|
|III.66||The Art World: "Between Neo- and Post-," Neo-geo||11/24/1986|
|III.67||The Art World: "Between Neo- and Post-," Neo-geo
Includes eight color slides of work by Philip Taafe and Peter Schuyff.
|III.68||The Art World: "Between Neo- and Post-," Neo-geo
Includes 1988 confirmation of CT's copyright to TNY articles written between 1980 and 1987, and a separate list of articles with editorial marks indicating which pieces were selected for the compilation Post- to Neo-: The Art World of the 1980's, published in 1988.
|III.69||The Art World: "Prodigies," Recent Art Books
Tear sheets of article only.
|III.70||"Brushstrokes," Roy Lichtenstein
Essay published in book, Calvin Tomkins and Bob Adelman, Roy Lichtenstein: Mural with Blue Brushstroke (New York: H.N. Abrams, 1987)
|III.71||"Brushstrokes," Roy Lichtenstein
Interview transcript with Lichtenstein.
|III.72||The Art World: "Peaks and Valleys," Metropolitan Museum of Art Expansion||2/23/1987|
|III.73||The Art World: "Peaks and Valleys," Metropolitan Museum of Art Expansion||2/23/1987|
|III.74||Department of Advance Warning: "Madonna's Anticlimax," The Book Sex
Includes typescript draft and galley proof of article.
|III.75||Books: "The Art Market: Going...Going...Gone," From Manet to Manhattan: The Rise the Modern Art Market
Includes typescript draft of article.
|III.76||Books: "More and Less True Confessions," Making the Mummies Dance
Includes typescript draft of article.
|III.77||The Art World: "St. Marcel," Marcel Duchamp
Includes typescript draft of article.
|III.78||Anniversary: "Merce at Seventy-Five," Merce Cunningham||3/7/1994|
|III.79||The Talk of the Town: "Remembering Jackie," Jacqueline Onassis
Tear sheets only.
|III.80||Portfolio: "Standup Artist," Claes Oldenburg
Evidence here suggests, through an editorial mix up, that DK was asked to compose the article and only after submitting the
draft was the decision made to have CT compose it instead.
|III.81||The Art World: "Flight Itself," Constantin Brancusi
Includes typescript draft, extensive interview transcript between CT, DK and Margit Rowell and Ann Temkin on Brancusi.
|III.82||The Art World: "London Calling," The Exhibition "Brilliant!"
Includes typescript draft and interview transcript.
|III.83||The Talk of the Town: "Children of a Lesser Country," Marian Wright Edelman
Includes typescript draft and interview transcript.
|III.84||The Art World: "Dada and Mama," Teeny Duchamp
Typescript draft and tear sheets only.
|III.85||The Art World: "Jackie's Things," Jacqueline Onassis Estate Auction
1 TL (facsimile) Tina Brown-CT (2/26/1996) [re: revisions to article].
|III.86||The Art World: "Total Abstraction," Retrospective of Abstract Art at the Guggenheim
Typescript draft and tear sheets only.
|III.87||The Art World: "Picasso's True Lies," Pablo Picasso
On Picasso and Portraiture [MoMA Exh. #1743, April 24(28)-September 17, 1996]
|III.88||The Art World: "The Time of His Life," Keith Haring||7/8/1996|
|III.89||Showcase: "Merce's Ocean," Merce Cunningham
Typescript draft and tear sheets only.
|III.90||The Art World: "Found Generation," Gerald Murphy
Includes 1 AL (photocopy) Gerald Murphy-CT (n.d.) [re: reflections on modern art]
|III.91||Caption: "Ray in Love," Man Ray
Tear sheets only.
|III.92||At the Galleries: "The Good China," Roy Lichtenstein
Includes typescript draft of article and interview transcripts.
|III.93||The Art World: "On the Edge," Yayoi Kusama||10/7/1996|
|III.94||Caption: "Artaud Head On," Antonin Artaud
On Antonin Artaud: Works on Paper [MoMA Exh. #1753, October 1(3), 1996-January 7, 1997]
|III.95||Caption: "Cabaret Arensberg," Dada in New York City
Tear sheets only.
|III.96||The Art World: "The Changing Picture," Jasper Johns
On Jasper Johns: A Retrospective [MoMA Exh. #1754, October 15(20), 1996-January 21, 1997]
|III.97||At the Galleries: "Different Strokes," Gerhard Richter||11/25/1996|
|III.98||The Art World: "Duchamp and New York," Marcel Duchamp
Includes two typescript drafts.
|III.99||Showcase: "Le Closeup," Francois-Marie Ranier||12/2/1996|
|III.100||Caption: "Top Hat and Tail," Sir Edwin Landseer
Tear sheets only.
|III.101||At the Museums: "Kiss and Tell," Edvard Munch||1/20/1997|
|III.102||The Art World: "De Kooning as Melodrama," Willem de Kooning
On Willem de Kooning: The Late Paintings, The 1980s [MoMA Exh. #1759, January 22(23)-April 29, 1997].
|III.103||Artist's Easel" "Paint it Black," Robert Colescott
Includes typescript draft and twelve color slides of Colescott's work.
|III.104||The Art World: "A Question of Human Presence," Still Lifes
On Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life [MoMA Exh. #1772, May 21(25)-August 26, 1997]
|III.105||The Art World: "Love for Sale," Estate Auction of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor||8/11/1997|
|III.106||At the Museums: "Urbane Decadent," Christian Schad||9/29/1997|
|III.107||The Art World: "Master of Invention," Robert Rauschenberg
Includes complete checklist of the Rauschenberg retrospective at the Whitney.
|III.108||At the Galleries: "Finely Tooned," Christian Schumann||10/20/1997|
|III.109||The Art World: "Accidental Affair," Victor and Sally Ganz
Multiple typescript drafts, extensive interview transcript between DK and Sally Ganz, and program to the memorial service for Ganz held at MoMA at which CT spoke.
|III.110||Caption: "Haute Cartoon," Isaac Mizrahi||11/10/1997|
|III.111||The Art World: "The Fame Factory," Andy Warhol||12/1/1997|
|III.112||At the Museums: "Sunbaked Klee," Paul Klee||12/8/1997|
|III.113||At the Galleries: "Moving Pictures," David Hockney||1/12/1998|
|III.114||At the Museums: "Broken Window," Robert Delaunay||2/2/1998|
|III.115||Caption: "High Styles," George Condo||2/9/1998|
|III.116||The Talk of the Town: "The Creative Life," Richard Bellamy||7/6/1998|
|III.117||The Art World: "Mind Games," Charles Ray and Andrew Wyeth||7/20/1998|
|III.118||Artist's Easel: "Russian Blue," Alexei von Jawlensky||7/27/1998|
|III.119||At the Museums: "Late Light," Claude Monet||9/7/1998|
|III.120||Art: "East to West," Asian Art||9/14/1998|
|III.121||The Art World: "The Escape Artist," Mark Rothko
Includes 1 TLS Ben Heller-CT (9/28/1998) [re: clarification of Rothko's use of the term "mishegas"].
|III.122||Caption: "Hall of Studies," "Master Drawings from the Hermitage and Pushkin Museums"||10/12/1998|
|III.123||Showcase: "Nature Poet," Susan Hartnett||11/9/1998|
|III.124||Caption: "Art in the Family," Kiki Smith and Family||1/25/1999|
|III.125||The Talk of the Town: "At the Museums," The Merger Between P.S.1 and MoMA||2/15/1999|
|III.126||Artist's Easel: "Object Lessons," Donald Sultan||4/5/1999|
|III.127||The Art World: "Out of the Attic," New Greek Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Includes interview notes with Phillippe de Montebello and Carlos Picon and packet of six color slides of Greek artwork.
|III.128||The Art World: "New Orleans Interlude," Edgar Degas||5/31/1999|
|III.129||Onward and Upward with the Arts: "Measuring Up to Nature," David Smith||7/19/1999|
|III.130||At the Museums: "Dynamo,"||Unpublished|
|III.131||Postscript: "The Lion," Leo Castelli
Includes photocopies of profiles on Castelli and Ileana Sonnabend (see Series II.A) and typescript draft of Profile on Sonnabend as well as articles and material on Castelli from the 1960s and 1970s.
|III.132||Postscript: "The Lion," Leo Castelli||9/6/1998|
|III.133||The Talk of the Town: "Table Talk," Julia Child||11/8/1999|
|III.134||Postscript: "Balancing Act," Alexander Liberman||12/6/1999|
|III.135||Takes: [Excerpt from Profile: "Living Well is the Best Revenge" (7/28/1962)]||4/10/2000|
|III.136||Essay on Robert Rauschenberg
Short essay written for a symposium in honor of Rauschenberg's acceptance of the 8th Wexner Prize at the Wexner center for the Arts, the Ohio State University.
|III.137||The Talk of the Town: "Looking Up: Birds of America Make a Manhattan Pit Stop," David Allen Sibley||6/12/2000|
|III.138||The Talk of the Town: "At the Museums: How New York Got Full of Itself," "Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861" Exhibition||10/2/2000|
|III.139||"Bear Island," R. Buckminster Fuller
Written for and published in the book Thomas T.K. Zung ed., Buckminster Fuller: Anthology for the New Millennium (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001).
|III.140||The Talk of the Town: "Horizon Dept.: Towers of Light," The World Trade Center Memorial Installation
Includes glossy reproductions of Towers of Light concept renderings.
|III.141||The Talk of the Town: "The Creative Life: A Troupe Turns Fifty," Merce Cunningham||7/8/2002|
|III.142||Portfolio: "After the Towers," Artists Concepts for World Trade Center Memorials||7/15/2002|
|III.143||The Talk of the Town: "Collaboration Tempted," Robert Wilson||8/19/2006|
|III.144||"An Object in Nature," Robert Rauschenberg
A brief essay on the combine, Minutiae, by Robert Rauschenberg, written for a Sotheby's sales catalogue when the work was up for auction.
|III.145||The Talk of the Town: "At the Museums: First Cities," "Art of the First Cities" Exhibition||5/5/2003|
|III.146||The Talk of the Town: "Light Show: Rockets' Red Glare," Cai Guo-Qiang||9/15/2003|
|III.147||The Talk of the Town: "Checking In: Clean Gene," Eugene McCarthy||1/19/2004|
|III.148||The Talk of the Town: "At the Museums: A Picasso Facelift," Les Demoiselles d'Avignon||5/24/2004|
|III.149||The Talk of the Town: "At the Galleries: Unzipped," Timothy Greenfield Sanders||11/22/2004|
|III.150||Briefly Noted: Art and the Power of Placement by Victoria Newhouse||5/23/2005|
|III.151||The Talk of the Town: "Dynasties: Modern at Ninety," MoMA and David Rockefeller
Includes interview notes with David Rockefeller, Glenn Lowry.
|III.152||The Talk of the Town: "Dept. of Precocity: Artists in Their Youth," Group Show of Art Students||2/27/2006|
|III.153||The Talk of the Town: "The Creative Life: The Pour," Barnaby Furnas||3/13/2006|
|III.154||The Talk of the Town: "Studio Visit: The Queen, Continued," George Condo||10/23/2006|
|III.155||Caption: Unpublished Caption About Art Posters||ca. 12/11/2006|
|III.156||Unpublished Article on Renzo Piano and Expansion of the Whitney
[Original folder title: "The Building - Renzo"]
Series IV: Books 1968-1998
This series comprises material gathered and created for the various original books Tomkins published throughout his career. Many of the books began their life as articles in The New Yorker or drew heavily on research conducted in the course of that writing. Specific descriptions of materials for each book follow below.
Subseries IV.A: Eric Hoffer: an American Odyssey
Eric Hoffer: an American Odyssey (New York: Dutton, 1968) was an expansion of the Profile Tomkins wrote for The New Yorker published in January, 1967. The one file in this subseries was found among the files for the article and moved here. But other materials concerning this book can be found elsewhere in the collection. The book contract can be found in folder I.5 among Tomkins' correspondence and materials from the original article can be found in folders II.A.20, II.A.21 and II.B.7. Correspondence with Hoffer, most regarding the article and following book, can be found in numerous folders of Series I.
[Original folder title: "Book Shop"]
Subseries IV.B: Merchants and Masterpieces 1860-1989
Tomkins was contacted by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1968 to write the history of the institution coincident with their centennial celebrations, and Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: Dutton) appeared in 1970. The first twenty-four folders in this subseries are in order of the book chapters to which they pertain and concern succeeding eras of the museum's history and key trustees, directors and curators. Materials include copious photocopies of museum documents such as letters and manuscript material from the museum archives as well as copies of museum bulletin articles, book chapters and other published material. Large quantities of handwritten and typewritten notes are present as well. Folders 25-33 contain correspondence concerning the book, financial summaries of gifts and acquisitions by the museum, and the contents of a series of binders dedicated, respectively, to trustees and benefactors, curatorial departments, and presidents, directors, and staff of the museum. Two additional folders contain photographs used in the book and pamphlets and gallery guides from across the museum's history. Folders 34-47 are research materials and resources gathered after original publication, in many cases used for additions included in the 1989 reprint by Henry Holt. In these last files there is a particular focus on the "scandals" of the museum in the 1970s and Thomas Hoving's tenure as director
For correspondence regarding initial discussions and the eventual contract for the book see folders I.4-I.6
|IV.B.1||Reports of the President
Photocopies of published annual reports of the president and director of the museum.
|IV.B.2||Reports of the President
Photocopies of published annual reports of the president and director of the museum.
News clippings, unpublished manuscripts, articles, and notes on the founding of various museums and collections.
Corrections and errata memos, letters and correspondence from before and after publication, material detailing New York in the nineteenth century and the museum's founding including period book pages, newspapers, and magazines.
Material detailing New York in the nineteenth century and the museum's founding including handwritten and typescript notes and source transcriptions.
Includes a detailed chronology of events in 1870.
|IV.B.7||Cesnola, Rogers, Marquand, etc.
Handwritten notes, photocopies, articles, and other material on Louis Palma di Cesnola and the museum's early years.
|IV.B.8||Cesnola, Rogers, Marquand, etc.|
|IV.B.9||Cesnola, Rogers, Marquand, etc.|
|IV.B.10||9 & 10 - Morgan, Fry, Robinson, Kent|
|IV.B.11||11 & 12 - Classical & Egyptian
Includes material on the growth of the museum, on forgeries within the classical collection.
|IV.B.12||11 & 12 - Classical & Egyptian
Includes typescript draft of chapter 11.
|IV.B.13||12 & 13 - Riggs, Dean, Altman, Morgan
Photocopy of typescript draft.
|IV.B.14||1920-1940, Amer. Wing
Includes pamphlet, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: What It Is and What It Does (New York: The Merrymount Press, 1927).
|IV.B.15||1920-1940, Amer. Wing|
|IV.B.16||19 - Cloisters
Includes typescript draft of chapter.
|IV.B.17||Chapters 20 & 21 - F.H. Taylor
Includes guides to the museum from 1944 and 1947, materials on the activities of the museum during WWII and of the fate of art in Europe.
|IV.B.18||Chapters 20 & 21 - F.H. Taylor
50-page unsigned typescript, and two partial photocopied typescripts, summarizing the museum's activity from the 1940s to
the 1960s by a staff member of the museum (possibly Roland Redmond, president of the board of trustees of the museum during
F.H. Taylor's tenure as director.)
|IV.B.19||22 - Three-Museum Agreement
Materials relating to the short-lived agreement between The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the
Whitney Museum of American Art to prevent overlapping collection policies and enable the sharing and transfer of artworks
among the museums.
|IV.B.20||22 - Three-Museum Agreement
Includes printed copy of original legal agreement, 9/15/47.
|IV.B.21||23 - Hoving, Harlem, Dendur, etc.|
|IV.B.22||23 - Hoving, Harlem, Dendur, etc.|
|IV.B.23||24 - Rorimer - Aristotle|
Photocopies of lists and charts detailing acquisition expenditures by, and gifts and bequests to, the museum from 1919 to 1961.
|IV.B.25||Correspondence - M.M.A.
Correspondence regarding factual corrections to the manuscript (including a 19-page typescript of corrections from Dorothy
Shaver of the Costume Institute,) research topics, contact lists.
|IV.B.26||Trustees and Benefactors Research Binder
Binder of alphabetically organized, tabbed, handwritten and typewritten notes and research on individual trustees and benefactors
of the museum.
|IV.B.27||Trustees and Benefactors Research Binder
Clarence H. MacKay-Catharine Lorillard Wolfe.
|IV.B.28||Department Research Binder
Tabbed binder, of research and notes on individual curatorial and administrative departments of the museum arranged alphabetically
by department. Includes handwritten and typewritten notes, magazine articles and book extracts.
|IV.B.29||Department Research Binder
European Painting, Far Eastern Art, Greek & Roman.
|IV.B.30||Department Research Binder
Medieval, Musical Instruments & Concerts, Prints - Drawings, Western European Arts, Conservation, Education, The Building, Membership and Attendance, Casts, Misc.
|IV.B.31||Presidents, Directors, and Staff Research Binder
Binder of handwritten and typewritten research on all presidents and directors and important staff, organized chronologically
|IV.B.32||Presidents, Directors, and Staff Research Binder
Directors, Staff, Current Administration.
Five pamphlets and booklets including:
|IV.B.34||Book Photographs for 1989 Reprint
Thirty-one 8x10 black and white photographs labeled and with editorial markings.
|IV.B.35||Margaret A. Mazer, A History of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1987 to 1985
Unpublished master's thesis, July 1987.
|IV.B.36||Linda Sipress, The History of the Centennial Celebration of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Printed typescript of the museum's activities.
|IV.B.37||Hoving - Pro & Con - The Troubles - Harlem
Research and interview notes for the 1989 reprint including information on Thomas Hoving's tenure as director, Arthur A. Houghton's tenure as president, and the centennial celebration of 1970. Includes official program of the centennial celebrations and The Second century: The Comprehensive Architectural Plan for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1971.
|IV.B.38||Juan de Pareja - Duccio
Materials on the purchase of Juan de Pareja by Diego Velázquez and the cancelled purchase of a painting by Duccio; includes interview notes with John Pope-Hennessy and others.
|IV.B.39||Dillon - Macomber - Luers...
Includes interview notes with Douglas Dillon on his tenure as president and material on later trustees and officials.
|IV.B.40||Chronology 1987-1986; Bldgs
Includes documents detailing the 1972 master expansion plan.
Corrections, alterations, and rebuttals to the original edition and additions for the 1989 reprint including corrected typescripts of new chapters 26 through 29.
Typescript with hand edits of new book chapters.
|IV.B.43||20th Century Dept.
Materials documenting the growth of the department.
|IV.B.45||Met - The Scandals (
Includes: "Report on Art Transactions," 1963, a public report written by a special committee of museum trustees, and other materials relating to the furor over deaccessioning, "The Euphronios Krater: A Report to the Members of the Corporation," 1974, and other materials on the debated provenance of that artwork, interview notes with Hoving and others from 1973.
|IV.B.46||Met - The Scandals (
Includes "off the record" correspondence and documents passed to CT from Ashton Hawkins, Secretary and Counsel at the museum, in 1973, interview notes and extensive news clippings.
|IV.B.47||Met - The Scandals (
Extensive news clippings, typescript copy of "The Euphronios Krater at the Metropolitan Museum: A Question of Provenance,"
article by Ashton Hawkins for The Hastings Law Journal, 1976, recapitulating the full extent of the incident
Subseries IV.C: Off the Wall 1963-1991
In many ways, Off the Wall: Robert Rauschenberg and the Art World of Our Time (New York: Doubleday, 1980), summarizes and organizes all the writing on modern and contemporary art Tomkins had published to that moment. Scattered throughout these folders are interview notes and partial transcripts from twenty years of The New Yorker articles. The first group of files, 1-47, is in rough chronological order by topic, event and period of Rauschenberg's life. These files mostly comprise those extensive interview notes and quotations. Most of the interviews are labeled with name and date and are copies of materials found in the files of the original articles. There are scattered news clippings, magazine articles, press releases, ephemera, and other published material. Many folders have been photocopied to preserve extensive label information and cross reference notes or when labels were illegible. Folders 48-61 duplicate some of the topics and materials from the earlier folders and also include material gathered after the book's publication. Apart from the small amount of material found in folder 55 (acknowledgements, endnotes, and photograph captions,) no portions of the manuscript in draft or galley form are present. Likewise, although material exists here that was gathered for Tomkins' original Profile on Rauschenberg, "Moving Out," 2/29/1964, no manuscript of that article is present and it is likely that materials gathered for that article were thoroughly dispersed throughout these folders.
For the original research binder assembled for the Rauschenberg Profile, see folder II.B.4; for photographs used in the book, see Series IV.E.
|IV.C.1||Venice Biennale 1964; World Tour - Break with Merce
Includes tear sheets and manuscript of article by CT on the Biennale, "The Big Show in Venice," from Harper's Magazine (April, 1965), interview notes with Rauschenberg and others about this period, complete issue of the magazine Tropic (December 20, 1979), featuring wraparound cover by Rauschenberg and article by CT, "The Man Who Created the Most Public Work of Private Art in History.".
|IV.C.2||Early Life - Navy - School, etc.
Typescript biographical notes interspersed with quotes.
|IV.C.3||Black Mountain - 1949...
Interview notes with various individuals including Susan Weil (Kirschenbaum).
|IV.C.4||The Club - Ab-Ex Scene - "Irascible Eighteen" - Peggy Guggenheim - Pollock & de Kooning
Interview notes and materials on various aspects and personalities of the New York School, much culled from previous CT writings.
|IV.C.5||The Club - Ab-Ex Scene - "Irascible Eighteen" - Peggy Guggenheim - Pollock & de Kooning|
|IV.C.6||Betty Parsons - Her Career - Barney Newman...
Interview notes and quotes from Parsons, Tony Smith, Richard Tuttle, and others.
|IV.C.7||Ninth Street Show (1951) - Leo Castelli - Tenth Street Scene - Barr
One page of interview quotes from Philip Johnson on Alfred H. Barr, the MoMA and Abstract Expressionism.
|IV.C.8||Black Mountain (1952) - Cage & Cunningham...|
|IV.C.9||Europe - N. Africa - Cy T.|
|IV.C.10||Fulton Street - Stable Show...|
|IV.C.11||Dance Work - Cunningham - Paul Taylor|
|IV.C.12||Cage - Boza mansion, etc. - His Influence
Includes original typescript program of the Pocket Theater's performance of Vexations by Erik Satie, an eighteen-hour piano composition performed by numerous musicians including John Cage and John Cale, begun September 9, 1963. .
|IV.C.13||Egan: The Red Show|
|IV.C.14||Jasper Johns - Sari Dienes - Window Displays...|
|IV.C.16||Castelli - Visit to Front Street...|
|IV.C.17||Late Ab-Ex, etc.|
Includes manuscript of article on happenings by CT, apparently from the early 1960s.
Includes interview notes and quotations with Billy Klüver, dated 1/18/1961; contemporary photocopy of manuscript by Klüver,
with hand edits, "The Garden Party," relating his firsthand experience of the development and execution of Homage to New York: A self-constructing & self-destroying work of art conceived and built by Jean Tinguely [MoMA Exh. #661, March 17, 1960]; extensive interview and biographical notes on Tinguely; five-page typescript of recollections
by one of Tinguely's art teachers, Julia Ris; original program, with annotations, for Homage to New York.
|IV.C.21||Bellamy, Scull & Green Gallery; Emergence of Pop; "The Store"|
|IV.C.22||Janis Pop Show; Europe...|
|IV.C.23||Paris Event, Tinguely Construction of Boston; Dylaby (Amsterdam)
1 ALS Sandberg-CT (n.d.) [re: on the conception of Dylaby]
|IV.C.24||Break With Johns...|
|IV.C.25||Tanya Grossman & ULAE|
|IV.C.26||Alan Solomon - Jewish museum Show (March 1963)|
|IV.C.27||Europe - Crisis 1965
1 TLS Ileana Sonnabend-CT (8/6/1963).
|IV.C.28||Duchamp - Pasadena - Hopps; West Coast Art Scene|
|IV.C.29||Judson - Dance Theater, etc.
Includes original programs from the Judson Dance Theater, 1963, and from the Surplus Dance Theater, 2/10/1964, including the dance Shotput by Rauschenberg and all featuring works or performances by Robert Morris and Yvonne Rainier, among others.
|IV.C.30||Judson - Dance Theater, etc.
Complete issue of Ballet Review 1:6 (1967), entirely dedicated to the Judson Dance Theater
|IV.C.31||First Theater Rally...
Includes program for the Rally listing participation and pieces of numerous art world notables, extensive notes of CT's observations of rehearsals and performances, programs and ephemera from other arts festivals and performances.
|IV.C.32||Nine Evenings - E.A.T.
Includes transcriptions of numerous Nine Evenings documents.
|IV.C.33||E.A.T. (Post - Nine Evenings)
Includes photocopy of 36-page typescript, "Rainforest" by Billy Klüver, a history of E.A.T., dated 1/30/1970, E.A.T. ephemera, photocopies of correspondence between E.A.T. and Pepsi-Cola (Japan) regarding the Pepsi-Cola pavilion at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan.
|IV.C.34||Greenberg - Post-Painterly Abstraction|
|IV.C.35||"Primary Structures" - Minimal - Op (Responsive Eye at MoMA)|
|IV.C.36||The Scene - Circa 1967|
Includes undated 20-page photocopied typescript, "The Shooting of Andy Warhol (A Historical Poem in the Manner of William McGonagall)," authored by "the eel" and inscribed to CT.
|IV.C.38||Dude Period - Soundings...|
|IV.C.39||"Henry's Show" at Met - Oldenburg, Lichtenstein Retrospectives|
|IV.C.40||Castelli - New Developments - SoHo - Satellites|
|IV.C.41||Stoned Moon - Bob Peterson - Carnal Clocks
Includes copy of previous folder with label but no contents.
|IV.C.42||Politics - Angry Art...|
|IV.C.44||Cardboards - "Change" - Captiva|
|IV.C.45||Israel - India...|
|IV.C.46||Scull Auction - "Blue Poles" $2 Million...|
Includes interview notes with Walter Hopps and Kynaston McShine on the retrospective Robert Rauschenberg [MoMA Exh. #1170, March 25-May 17, 1977].
|IV.C.48||Allan Kaprow - Happenings
Programs and ephemera of happenings and events by Kaprow.
|IV.C.50||Nine Evenings - E.A.T.
Photocopies of writings and original documents of the event.
|IV.C.51||Nine Evenings - E.A.T.
Issue of E.A.T. Clippings 1:1 (April 1960-July 1969).
Includes two drafts of brochure text by CT for the Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange.
Issue of Arts Magazine 50:7 (March 1976) devoted entirely to Arshille Gorky.
Endnotes for book and copy of acknowledgement text, typescript with hand edits of photograph captions, list of individuals to whom complimentary copies of the book were sent.
|IV.C.57||Book Release Party Materials
Manuscript and typescript list of invitees, invitation for party hosted by Leo Castelli.
|IV.C.58||Pre-War - Wartime - Europeans - Surrealism|
|IV.C.59||Rauschenberg - 1960s & 1970s
Includes chapter descriptions and cover letter for book proposal by CT on American art since 1945, 3/13/1976.
Press releases, news clippings, and mailings from the museum, many concerning John B. Hightower and the labor unrest of the period.
|IV.C.61||Photos - RR Book
Bills, costs and documentation of book photography.
Subseries IV.D: Duchamp: A Biography 1953-1998
Tomkins' biography of Duchamp, titled Duchamp: A Biography (New York: Henry Holt, 1996) required more historical research than any of his previous books. There are large quantities of photocopies, hand transcriptions, and translations of significant original documents (such as correspondence and personal journals) pertaining to Duchamp and his social circle. Much of this archival material was viewed in collections at the Beinecke Library of Yale University, the Archives of American Art, and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The first group of folders, 1-29, is arranged in chronological order by decade, and corresponds to eventual book chapters. Groups of folders are dedicated to published and unpublished interview transcripts with Duchamp, reader responses, photographs and reproduction rights and permissions, post-mortem critical evaluations of Duchamp, and extensive correspondence. Much of the correspondence is with Duchamp's surviving family: his stepdaughter Jacqueline Matisse Monnier and his widow, Alexina "Teeny" Duchamp. Teeny Duchamp was herself able to review Tomkins' book in manuscript form before her death in 1995. There is also extensive correspondence with other Duchamp scholars, particularly Francis Naumann. Finally, there are five bound volumes of photocopies from two collections at the Beinecke Library. They seem to be the complete extent of correspondence between Duchamp, Katherine Dreier, and Katharine Kuh, taken from those women's personal papers. The volumes are in folders IV.D.68-69.
Of particular note in these files are folders IV.D.29 and IV.D.63 that contain complete transcripts of Tomkins' 1964 interviews with Duchamp. Also, see folder I.64 for a copy of a 1997 letter written by Tomkins in which he describes his initial meeting with Duchamp and his ensuing personal interest and relationship with the artist.
|IV.D.1||Blainville - Family - Childhood|
These materials were found between folders.
Includes photocopied typescript, Thomas Edward Lippy, Jr., "The Influence of Max Steiner's Philosophy on the Art and Thought of Marcel Duchamp," 5/3/1987.
|IV.D.7||Ettie Stettheimer - Journals & Letters|
|IV.D.8||Hubachek - Mary Reynolds File|
|IV.D.9||Duchamp - Alice Roullier|
|IV.D.10||M.D. & Chess|
Bound photocopy of catalogue Maria: The Surrealist Sculpture of Maria Martins (New York: André Emmerich gallery, 3/19-4/18/1998).
Includes interview notes and quotations with Maria Martins' daughter, Nora Martins Lobo, 1989-90.
Restricted material, please see Museum Archivist.
|IV.D.14||New York 1915-1918 Arensbergs - Argentina
Includes detailed, day-by-day chronologies of H.P. Roche and Beatrice Wood.
|IV.D.15||New York 1915-1918 Arensbergs - Argentina|
|IV.D.16||New York 1915-1918 Arensbergs - Argentina|
Includes photocopy of article by CT on Duchamp from Newsweek, 11/7/1957, 8-page typescript of recollections of Marcel and Teeny Duchamp in New York by Jacqueline Monnier.
Includes photocopied transcript of the Art of Assemblage symposium, held at MoMA 10/19/1961, with Rauschenberg and Duchamp among the panel members.
|IV.D.27||M.D. - Interviews (1960s)
Photocopies of published and unpublished interviews with Duchamp by other authors.
|IV.D.28||M.D. - Interviews (1960s)|
|IV.D.29||M.D. - Interviews (1960s)
Two copies of 44-page typescript transcript of CT's interview with Duchamp on 3/23 and 3/26/1964 and notes on later, unrecorded, interviews.
Includes photocopies of correspondence between The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Teeny Duchamp regarding the museum's acquisition of Etant donnés.
Numerous typescript pages of extracts and quotations from CT's interviews with Duchamp, extensive handwritten notes on Duchamp's early life.
Includes various chronologies of Duchamp's life, list of addresses from throughout his life, and other research materials.
Bibliographies and bibliographical notes on Duchamp from various sources, expense report and receipts from 1964, eight-page book proposal for the biography.
|IV.D.34||Marcel Duchamp at the Palazzo Grassi
Press kit, reviews of catalogue and exhibit held in Venice, 1993.
|IV.D.35||Duchamp - Interviews (Unpublished)
Photocopy of unpublished interview transcript between Duchamp, Sydney Janis, and others. .
Photographs, transparencies, and negatives of Duchamp and his artworks, postcards and ephemera from the book publication, drafts of cover design. Most photographs are labeled and attributed, some appear to be original or contemporary duplicate prints.
Photographs, transparencies, photocopies of Duchamp and his artworks (particularly early drawings), some photographs unlabeled and unattributed and may be original.
Exhibition reviews, essays, news clippings and articles on Duchamp, ephemera.
News clippings, ephemera, articles.
Includes photocopy of entire catalogue to exhibition The Marcel Duchamp Exhibition, 9/20-10/16/1985, The Art Museum at Florida International University.
|IV.D.41||Duchamp - Articles About
Articles, news clippings, and ephemera.
|IV.D.42||Duchamp - Articles About||1968-1989|
|IV.D.43||Duchamp - Articles About||1966-1997|
|IV.D.44||Naumann - Walter Pach (Letters) - Draft
Photocopy of draft typescript, by Francis Naumann, on the correspondence between Pach and Duchamp, includes photocopies of original letters from the Archives of American Art.
|IV.D.45||Bessie Breuer, Unpublished Autobiographical MS
Photocopy of 56-page typescript.
|IV.D.46||Duchamp Interview Questions & Book List
Lists of book party invitees and recipients of complimentary copies, documents regarding the authentication of an early Duchamp drawing, questions for CT from book talk at the Whitney Museum.
|IV.D.47||Brancusi - Letters from MD
Photocopies of correspondence between Constantin Brancusi and Duchamp.
|IV.D.48||The Supermale by Alfred Jarry
Photocopies of original French text and English translation.
|IV.D.49||Duchamp Photos - World Rights
Permission forms, invoices, receipts and correspondence regarding images.
|IV.D.50||Duchamp - Permissions
Permission forms, invoices, receipts and correspondence regarding images.
|IV.D.51||Loose Book Photographs
Photographs, transparencies and photocopies of images, most labeled, many with editorial comments.
Items in this and the following folders were loose in the original Duchamp files.
|IV.D.52||Loose Book Photographs|
|IV.D.53||Loose Book Photographs|
|IV.D.54||Loose Book Photographs|
|IV.D.55||Loose Book Photographs|
|IV.D.56||MD Photos - Correspondence
Correspondence from and to CT and DK concerning rights and reproductions, list of captions and credits for images included in book.
|IV.D.57||Duchamp - Correspondence
Reader responses, communications involving critical responses, sent and received research correspondence and letters from
other writers and researchers, correspondence between CT, Jacqueline Matisse Monnier and Francis Naumann, CT's suggested changes
to book layout, correspondence between CT's agent Andrew Wylie and the book's editor, Jack MacRae of Henry Holt
|IV.D.58||Duchamp - Correspondence
Multiple correspondence among Teeny Duchamp, Jacqueline Matisse Monnier, Francis Naumann, and CT and DK, general research
|IV.D.59||Duchamp - Correspondence
Correspondence from Teeny Duchamp, Jacqueline Matisse Monnier, Francis Naumann, general research correspondence.
|IV.D.60||Duchamp - Correspondence
Correspondence from research for CT's original Profile on Duchamp including two photocopies of letters from Duchamp to CT
(12/8/1964 and 5/10/1966), general research correspondence.
Photocopies of pictures and photographs collected for research or for consideration for use in book. Many from an unknown archival collection, images are paired with printouts of their catalogue records.
|IV.D.63||"MD Vox" Research Binder
Transcripts and photocopies of published and unpublished interviews with Duchamp, includes complete transcript of CT's 1964 interview.
|IV.D.64||"MD Vox" Research Binder|
|IV.D.65||"Chromo" Research Binder
Chronological notes on Duchamp's life with month-by-month entries during critical periods.
|IV.D.66||Untitled Research Binder
Binder of notes and transcript extracts of interviews conducted specifically for the book and for past articles, in tabbed sections by decade of Duchamp's life.
|IV.D.67||Untitled Research Binder
Further notes and transcript extracts, includes draft typescript of the New York Times obituary for Teeny Duchamp and correspondence from Paul Matisse enclosing the text of his eulogy for his mother given at her memorial, 1995.
|IV.D.68*||Marcel Duchamp - Katherine Dreier Correspondence
Four bound volumes (labeled #1-#4) of photocopies of the entire collection of Duchamp-Dreier correspondence and related material from the Katherine S. Dreier Papers, Yale University Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Correspondence dates from 1917-1952.
|IV.D.69*||Marcel Duchamp - Katharine Kuh Correspondence
One bound volume (labeled #5) of photocopies of the Duchamp-Kuh correspondence from the Katharine Kuh Papers, Yale University Library, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Correspondence dates from 1948-1961.
Subseries IV.E: Book Photographs
This series contains photographs, negatives, and transparencies collected and used in the books Living Well is the Best Revenge, The Scene: Reports on Post-Modern Art, Off the Wall: Robert Rauschenberg and the Art World of Our Time, and Duchamp: A Biography. The individual folders note if the images are labeled or unlabeled and other particular features.
For more photographs and images from the biography of Duchamp, see folders IV.D.51-55, 61-62, for information on the provenance and subject of the images of Duchamp and Rauschenberg, see folders IV.D.5-51, IV.D.56 and IV.C.61
|IV.E.1*||8x10" and 9x12" Photographs
30 images of Rauschenberg, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and numerous other luminaries of the art world including Leo Castelli and his stable of artists and the European "Artists in Exile" of World War II, with some exhibition photos.
17 images, all by Ugo Mules and obtained from him, of Rauschenberg, Duchamp, and other artists and artworks of the 1960s including Andy Warhol, George Segal, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, and others. Photographs are unlabeled.
|IV.E.3*||Photographs and Negatives from The Scene
Includes two-page photocopied summary of interview with James Rosenquist, 6/23/1978, 8x10" color transparency of Rauschenberg painting, 13 4x5" negatives of same images found in IV.E.1, 11x15" author photograph of CT, 30 8x10" and smaller images, most with editing marks, and 14 8x10" and smaller negatives.
|IV.E.4*||Negatives from Living Well Is the Best Revenge
Label on original box stated that these are negatives of "all" the photographs used in the book.
Series V: Audio Recordings 1962-2006
The basis of all of Tomkins' major writings for The New Yorker was in-person interviews with his subjects. Therefore, the four open reels and 494 cassette audio recordings contained in this series constitute perhaps the most important original, unique materials of the entire collection. Nonetheless, until the late 1980s, Tomkins did not regularly record his interviews and instead trusted to his note-taking and memory for reconstruction of conversations. Yet the earliest recordings, of Jean Tinguely (1962), Marcel Duchamp (1964), and R. Buckminster Fuller (1965), testify to Tomkins' consciousness of the importance of those individuals. Even as Tomkins recorded the interviews, he rarely made complete transcripts of them, preferring to summarize the interviews in his research binders while quoting only key paragraphs and statements by his subjects. When, in later years, full transcripts do exist, they were usually written by Dodie Kazanjian, who accompanied and aided Tomkins in his research and interviews.
The audio recordings were received loosely grouped by subject and date. They have been rearranged here in strict chronological order. Interviews for different articles may overlap in time. The recordings are inconsistently labeled; many are missing dates, full names (some names have been added in brackets,) or reference to which particular person or article they were recorded for. Most tapes lack any indication also as to how long they are or how much of the tape they take up. Researchers should first consult the interview binders in Series II.B before asking to consult the actual audio recordings. Occasional tapes record interviews for Art World reviews or smaller articles.
The four open reel audio recordings in the collection are various brands and types but all are ¼" width on 7" reels.
Complete transcripts for the March 1964 interviews and partial transcripts of other interviews can be found in folders IV.D.29 and IV.D.63
Duplicate of reel
Duplicate of reel
|V.6||"Marcel Duchamp 3"
Duplicate of reel
Duplicate of reel.
Possible duplicate of reel.
|V.9||R. Buckminster Fuller
Note in box reads "Bucky Fuller/Bear Island/Aug. 1965 (3¾)"
|V.10||Duchamp - TV Interviews
"Duchamp - TV invus - J.M. Drot, J.J. Sweeney"
|V.13||John Cage on Duchamp||2/17/1989|
|V.16||[Walter] Hopps Houston||1/6/1990|
|V.17||[Walter] Hopps (Bio Tape One)
"000-043 - end of 11/6/1990; invu in 20th Cent. Galleries; 045- Bio"
|V.18||[Walter] Hopps Bio tape Two||11/7/1990|
|V.19||[Walter] Hopps (Bio Tape Three)||11/8/1990|
|V.20||[Walter] Hopps (Bio Tape Four)||11/8/1990|
|V.21||[Walter] Hopps Bio Tape Five||11/9/1990|
|V.22||[Walter] Hopps (#1)||11/10/1990|
|V.24||Hopps Invus - Demetrion - Frailin - Hopper
Side A: "Jim Demetrion"
|V.25||Hopps Invus - Dennis Hopper - Tom Leavitt...
Side A: "Dennis Hopper (cont.) (000-112); Tom Leavitt (113-330)"
|V.26||Irving Blum (on Hopps); Walter Hopps
Side A: Irving Blum
"Barbara & Leo" marked on cassette.
|V.29||[Walter] Hopps (1)||12/15/1990|
|V.30||[Walter] Hopps (2)||12/15/1990|
|V.31||[Walter] Hopps #2||3/10/1991|
"Motherwell on Duchamp"
|V.35||[Walter] Hopps||ca. 1990|
|V.36||[Walter] Hopps - Telephone invus (post-Houston)||ca. 1990|
|V.39||Matta - I||3/29/1993|
|V.40||Matta - II||3/31/1993|
|V.41||Matta - III||4/1/1993|
|V.42||Renzo Piano - 1||ca. 1994|
|V.43||Renzo Piano||ca. 1994|
|V.47||[Albert] York||ca. 1995|
|V.48||[Albert] York||ca. 1995|
|V.49||[Albert] York II||ca. 1995|
|V.50||[Albert] York III||ca. 1995|
Uncertain whether Claes or Richard Oldenburg
|V.53||[Dan] Kiley A
Cassette marked "Dan & Ann"
|V.54||[Dan] Kiley (B)||ca. 1995|
|V.55||[Dan] Kiley C||ca. 1995|
|V.56||[Dan] Kiley II
Cassette marked "Kiley III Kimn...el house"
|V.57||[Dan] Kiley 4
Cassette marked: "Kiley 4" struck out and replaced with "Schwartz"
|V.58||[Dan] Kiley 5
Cassette marked: "Kiley 5" struck out and replaced with "Richard Meier"
|V.59||[Dan] Kiley VI
Cassette marked: "Kiley VI" struck out and replaced with "Jack Robertson"
|V.61||Bill Rubin on Picasso & Portraiture||3/22/1996|
Side A: "Si Newhouse/Ben Heller"
Side B: "(Defective tape - slow); Ron Davis house; Norton Simon (110-"
Side A: "On Norton Simon; On Disney Hall"
Side A: "Lillian Hellman Story (0-168) (Blank)"
Side A: "0-175 Bio; Early years in LA - meeting Anita - night school at USC; (tape ends at 175)"
|V.71||[Frank] Gehry (Bio 1)
Side A: "Canada - Early years LA"
|V.72||[Frank] Gehry (Bio 2)
Side A: "Army Service 0-200; Harvard 200-400; Gruen 400-630"
|V.73||[Frank] Gehry - 1||ca. 1997|
|V.74||[Frank] Gehry - 2||ca. 1997|
|V.75||[Frank] Gehry - 3||ca. 1997|
|V.76||[Frank] Gehry - 4||ca. 1997|
|V.77||Gehry Bilbao (1)||ca. 1997|
|V.78||Gehry Bilbao (2)||ca. 1997|
|V.79||Gehry Bilbao (3)||ca. 1997|
|V.80||TELLUS, The Audio Cassette Magazine #21
"Audio by Visual Artists"
|V.81||Soundings - Robert Rauschenberg
BBC radio program including comments by CT
|V.85||Philippe Petit (1)||9/27/1998|
|V.86||Philippe Petit (2)||9/27/1998|
|V.88||Philippe Petit (3)||10/5/1998|
|V.89||Philippe Petit (4)||10/5/1998|
|V.90||Philippe Petit (5)||10/18/1998|
|V.91||Philippe Petit (6)||10/18/1998|
|V.93||Ileana [Sonnabend] & Antonio||12/31/1998|
|V.94||PP Canyon (1)||2/13/1999|
|V.95||PP Canyon (2)||ca. 1999|
|V.96||PP Canyon (3)||2/13/1999|
|V.97||PP Canyon (4)||2/14/1999|
Cassette marked: "Candida at Storm King 5/30" and "Candida on David Smith"
|V.99||Joo - Chiat
Side A: "Jay Chiat (to 430); Michael Joo"
|V.100||Marco Piere White; Norman Rosenthal - Alex James
Side A: "Marco Piere White (to 320); Norman Rosenthal (to end)"
"On Leo Castelli"
|V.103||Damien [Hirst]||ca. 1999|
|V.104||(1) Damien [Hirst], Jude||ca. 1999|
|V.105||(2) Moynahan, Dunphy
"2" crossed out; A: Moynahan, B: Dunphy
|V.106||(3) [Rachel] Whiteread||ca. 1999|
|V.107||(4) Craig - Martin||ca. 1999|
|V.108||Damien [Hirst]||ca. 1999|
|V.109||Damien - Train - Devon 1||ca. 1999|
|V.110||Sarah Lucas; Hugh Allen
Side A: "Sarah Lucas (to 410); Hugh Allen (410 to end)"
|V.111||Hugh Allen (cont.); Gordon Burns
Side A: "Hugh Allen (to 208); Gordon Burns (208-end)"
"Ileana S. at Da Silvano, with Antonio Homem."
|V.114||Cindy Sherman (1)||10/26/1999|
|V.115||Cindy Sherman (2)||11/2/1999|
|V.119||Cindy Sherman (3)||11/19/1999|
"(Cindy Sherman's Sister)"
|V.126||Bob Shermand & John Sherman; Eric Bogosian||1/24-1/25/2000|
|V.129||Cindy Sherman #4||2/10/2000|
|V.130||Cindy 5; Cindy 6
"Cindy 5 - to A175; Cindy 6 (A175 - end)"
|V.131||Bill T. Jones; Carol Kane; Nancy Dwyer||2/18-2/22/2000|
|V.132||John McEnroe, Sr.||2/23/2000|
|V.139||McEnroe (4) Richmond||4/28-4/29/2000|
|V.141||Eric Fischl/April Gornik||5/3/2000|
|V.142||Patty Smyth McEnroe||5/9/2000|
|V.144||Mark McEnroe/Mary Carillo||5/30-6/13/2000|
|V.145||McEnroe - Tiebreaker
Cassette marked: "McEnroe 6"
|V.146||Larry Salander - NBC TV Wimbledon; Peter Fleming
Side A: "Larry Salander on JM - to 128; (130- ) NBC TV from Wimbledon, JM & Borg on 1980 final"
|V.149||Andreas Gursky I||10/2000|
|V.150||Gursky I (cont.); Gursky I & II||10/2000|
|V.151||Gursky II & III||ca. 2000|
|V.152||Gursky III||ca. 2000|
|V.153||Bernd & Hilla Becker||10/6/2000|
|V.154||Bernd & Hilla Becker (2)||10/6/2000|
|V.157||[Andreas] Gursky (1)||10/10/2000|
Cassette marked: "Gursky on Thomas Demand"
|V.165||Julian Schnabel (1)
Cassette marked: "Julian (1) Javier Bardem"
|V.166||Julian Schnabel (2)||1/23/2001|
|V.167||John Killick & JS (3)||1/25/2001|
|V.168||Julian (4)||ca. 2001|
|V.169||Julian (5)||ca. 2001|
Side A: "-103 JS 1/23/2001; 103-end JS 1/27/2001"
|V.171||Julian (7)||ca. 2001|
|V.172||JS (8)||ca. 2001|
|V.173||Van Gogh Press Preview||2/1/2001|
|V.174||J.S. (9) Albany Tapes
"Trip to Albany - 2/6-7/2001"
|V.175||Julian (10) Albany Tapes
"Albany to NY on train"
|V.176||JS (11) Albany Tapes
"Train to NY (to 169 only)"
|V.177||Julian (12) Montauk
"Car to Montauk"
|V.178||Julian (13) Montauk||ca. 2/8/2001|
|V.181||"Van Gogh's Portraits of Joseph Roulin"
Lecture by Kirk Varnedoe at MoMA
See also Sound Recordings of Museum-Related Events, 2001.54, for additional copies of this recording.
|V.182||Kirk Varnedoe (1)||4/12/2001, 4/16/2001|
|V.183||Varnedoe (2)||4/16/2001, 4/24/2001|
|V.194||Kirk [Varnedoe] (5)||n.d.|
|V.198||Elyn Z. [Zimmerman]||5/4/2001|
|V.199||Rusty Powell; Ronald Lauder||5/16/2001, 5/29/2001|
|V.202||Ronald Lauder/Carolyn Lauchner||5/30/2001|
|V.203||Ann Umland; Chuck Close||5/31/2001, 6/6/2001|
|V.205||S. Lane Faison (1)||6/14/2001|
|V.206||Lane Faison (2)||n.d.|
|V.207||Kirk Varnedoe 7||6/18/2001|
|V.208||John Elderfield; Mary Lee Bandy||6/19/2001|
|V.209||Mary Lee Bandy||6/19/2001|
|V.213||Charles Stuckey on Kirk [Varnedoe]||8/2/2001|
|V.216||Robert Storr on Ellen Phelan||8/14/2001|
|V.219||Kirk Varnedoe (8)||9/5/2001|
There is no extant cassette labeled Kirk Varnedoe (9)
|V.223||Jeremy Knowles; Matt Saunder||9/27/2001, 10/6/2001|
|V.224||Scott Rothkopf/James Cuno||9/28/2001|
|V.225||WTC interview w/Artists||ca. 10/2001|
|V.227||Ellen Phelan 4||10/12/2001|
|V.228||Ellen Phelan (5)||10/14/2001|
Side A: "On Phelan/Harvard"
|V.230||Phelan (5) Cont.
Cassette marked 10/14
|V.236||Susan Fonter II||12/11/2001|
|V.237||[Richard] Serra (1)||1/10/2002|
|V.238||Richard Koshalek; Matthew Barney||1/30/2002, 1/31/2002|
|V.242||Brice Marden; Richard Gluckman||1/30, 2/7/2002|
|V.245||Elizabeth Murray; Lynne Coate||n.d., 2/13/2002|
|V.247||Phil Glass; Chuck Close||2/14/2002, 2/27/2002|
|V.252||Joan Jonas; Susan Brundage||2/21/2002|
|V.253||John Silberman; Nancy Holt||2/22/2002, 3/26/2002|
|V.257||Trina McKeever; Clare Serra Weyergraf||3/6/2002|
|V.259||Serra (8) (Beacon)||3/8/2002|
|V.260||J. Johns - Serra (9) (cont.)||3/27/2002, n.d.|
|V.263||[James] Turrell (1)||5/15/2002|
|V.269||Walter Hopps; Turrell (6)||5/29/2002, n.d.|
|V.270||Turrell (6) @Mattress Factory||5/31/2002|
|V.271||Turrell @Mattress Factory||6/1/2002|
|V.272||Barbara Ludrowsky; Helen Winkler||6/1/2002, 6/19/2002|
|V.275||Kate Ganz/Elyn Zimmerman; John Coplans||6/13/2002, 6/14/2002|
|V.276||Lucy Shelton; Alana Heiss (1)||6/19/2002, 6/21/2002|
|V.277||Alana Heiss (2); Jane Livingston||6/21/2002, 6/25/2002|
|V.278||Robt Wilson @Watermill||8/1/2002|
|V.282||Nancy Spector; Robert Irwin (re: Turrell)||9/20/2002, 9/21/2002|
|V.285||Rob Storr re: MB||10/16/2002|
|V.286||Leo Villareal; Richard Flood||10/16/2002, 11/7/2002|
|V.287||Hilton Als; Shawn Caley||10/17/2002, 11/6/2002|
|V.288||Matthew Barney (1)||10/21/2002|
|V.289||Hans Ulrich; James Lingwood||10/21/2002, 10/23/2002|
|V.291||MB [Barney] (3)||10/23/2002|
|V.292||MB [Barney] (4)||n.d.|
|V.293||MB [Barney] (5)||10/25/2002|
|V.295||Michael Govan (2)||11/12/2002|
|V.296||Robert Barney; Gabe Bartalos||11/13/2002, 11/14/2002|
|V.297||Gabe Bartalos (cont.); Keith Edmier||11/14/2002, 11/22/2002|
|V.298||Alice Aycock; Norman Mailer||11/15/2002, 11/21/2002|
|V.302||MB [Barney] (6)||11/19/2002|
|V.304||MB [Barney] (7)||11/20/2002|
|V.308||Margaret Douglas Hamilton; Lynne Cooke||2/10/2003, 2/11/2003|
|V.309||Lois de Menil||2/11/2003|
|V.310||Bill & Patti Dilworth; Bob Irwin
Cassette marked: "Bill Dilworth (Earth Room); Patti Dilworth (Broken Kilo)"
|V.313||Bob Whitman; Patrick Lannan||2/19/2003, 4/4/2003|
|V.320||Helen Winkler||3/16/2003, 3/17/2003|
|V.321||Govan (6); Fred Sandback||3/19/2003|
|V.325||Willy Van Ness||n.d.|
|V.327||Tom & Jane Doyle||5/8/2003|
|V.331||[Lee] Bontecou (1)||n.d.|
Cassette case marked "Judith Goldman/Anne Friedman" (n.d.), while the cassette itself is marked in Dodd's name.
|V.339||Bontecou (6); Bill Giles||6/6, 6/7/2003|
|V.340||Bill Giles and Lee Bontecou||6/7/2003|
|V.343||Michael Rosenfeld, Hallie Harrisburg||6/16/2003|
|V.344||Christos [Jeanne-Claude and Christo] (1)||8/12/2003|
|V.349||Gordon Davis; Patricia Harris||11/12/2003, 12/5/2003|
|V.350||Al Maysles; Kate Levin
Cassette case marked only "Al Maysles 11/15/2003"
|V.351||Betsy Barlow Rogers; Richard Gilder||11/20/2003, 1/15/2004|
|V.352||Evelyn Lauder; Regine Peruggi||11/24/2003, 12/5/2003|
|V.353||Wolfgang Volz; Adrian Benepe||11/25/2003, 12/5/2003|
|V.354||Doug Blonsky; Henry Stern||12/11/2003, 1/15/2004|
|V.355||Aggie Gund; Scott Hodes||12/11/2003, 1/29/2004|
|V.356||[Philippe] de Montebello et al.; Mayor Bloomsberg @News Conference
Cassette actually marked "1/22/2003"
|V.357||Eugene McCarthy (1)||12/30/2003|
|V.358||Eugene McCarthy (2)||12/30/2003|
|V.365||James Coddington on "Demoiselles", MoMA||4/21/2004|
|V.366||John Elderfield on "Demoiselles"||4/23/2004|
|V.368||Massimiliano on Maurizio C. [Cattelan]||5/12/2004|
|V.371||Maurizio Cattelan (2)||5/24/2004|
|V.372||Maurizio Cattelan (2)
Cassette case marked "5/24/2005"
|V.373||Maurizio Cattelan (3)||5/25/2004|
Cassette marked "Laura Hoptman 6/8/2004"
|V.379||Laura Hauptman; Elizabeth Peyton||6/10/2004, 6/21/2004|
|V.381||Rirkrit (?) Tiraranga; Hans Obrist; MC - Paris||6/14/2004|
|V.382||Maurizio @Beaux Arts and @Cafe Flore||6/15/2004|
|V.383||Maurizio - Paris (Clichy)||6/15/2004, 6/16/2004|
|V.384||Catherine Ceremie; Gabriel Orozco||6/16/2004, 6/17/2004|
|V.385||Maurizio - on the Quai||6/16/2004, 6/17/2004|
|V.386||Hans Ulrich Obrist & Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster||6/17/2004|
|V.387||Massimo di Carlo; Massimiliano Gione||6/23/2004|
|V.394||Bob Rauschenberg (1)||12/12/2004|
|V.395||Bob Rauschenberg (2)||12/12/2004, 12/13/2004|
|V.396||Bob Rauschenberg (3)||12/13/2004|
|V.399||Adam Weinberg (1)||12/30/2004|
|V.400||Adam Weinberg (2)||12/30/2004|
|V.401||Chris Rauschenberg; Trisha Brown||1/5/2005, 1/10/2005|
|V.407||Jeff Koons; Jeffrey Deitch||1/21/2005, 1/22/2005|
|V.408||[Jeffrey] Deitch (2)||1/22/2005|
|V.413||Rirkrit [Tiravanija] (1)||3/2/2005|
|V.417||Ann Temkin on Rikrit||3/21/2005|
|V.419||Keith Christiansen; Dorothy Mahon||3/22/2005, 4/6/2005|
|V.421||Joan Young [on Rikrit]||3/24/2005|
|V.424||Adam Weinberg (3)||4/4/2005|
|V.425||Philippe de Montebello; George Visacea||4/6/2005|
|V.427||Philippe Perreno; Glenn Lowry re: David Rockefeller||4/7/2005, 5/17/2005|
|V.429||Keith Christiansen (2)||4/12/2005|
|V.430||Keith Christiansen (3)||5/2/2005|
|V.435||Amanda - Everett Fahy; Rochelle Steiner||5/19/2005|
|V.442||Adam Weinberg (4)||6/20/2005|
|V.444||Rochelle Steiner; Francesca Grass||7/1/2005, 7/3/2005|
|V.445||Rirkrit (London) (7)||7/2/2005, 7/3/2005|
|V.446||Hans Ulrich Obrist||7/3/2005|
|V.447||Rirkrit (8); Gavin Brown||7/4/2005|
|V.448||David Ross; Richard Flood||7/22/2005|
|V.455||B. Haskell (2)||9/21/2005|
|V.457||Donna di Salvo||9/27/2005|
|V.459||Milton & Mickey Freedman||10/3/2005|
|V.464||Leonard Lauder; Flora Biddle||10/19/2005|
|V.465||Weinbergs (Jim and Bunny)||10/20/2005|
|V.467||Adam [Weinberg] - Tuttle Installation at the Whitney||11/3/2005|
|V.468||Adam [Weinberg] (5)||11/10/2005|
|V.469||Adam [Weinberg] (6)||11/15/2005|
|V.470||Adam [Weinberg] (7)||11/22/2005|
|V.471||Adam [Weinberg] (8)||12/7/2005|
|V.473||Jeffrey Weiss; Leo Steinberg||2/20/2006, 2/22/2006|
|V.474||School Days (2)
Tape likely made for Talk piece, "Dept. of Precocity: Artists in Their Youth," 2/27/2006
|V.475||J. Johns (1)||2/28/2006|
|V.476||Jasper Johns (2)||3/1/2006|
|V.477||J. Johns (3)||3/1/2006|
|V.478||J. Johns (4)||3/2/2006|
|V.483||Michael Fitzgerald; David Salle||5/17/2006, 7/22/2006|
|V.484||Terry Riley (2); George Condo||5/23/2006, 6/16/2006|
|V.492||Merce Cunningham on J.J.||9/27/2006|
|V.494||Condo, Cattelan, Gioni||9/28/2006|
|V.495||Cattelman, Furnas, and Condo on Jasper Johns||10/26/2006|
|V.496||Jeffrey Deitch and Julian Lethbridge on Johns||11/1/2006|
|V.497||Francis Naumann on J.J.||11/3/2006|
|V.498||J. Johns (9)||11/5/2006|
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