Emilio Sánchez Foundation
19 West 21st Street, Suite 502
New York, NY 10010
Tel. (212) 924-0786
Ann Koll, Executive Director and Curator
Hours open to the public
The Foundation's archive is open by appointment only.
History of the Institution
The Emilio Sánchez Foundation is a nonprofit organization that preserves and promotes the legacy of the Cuban-born American artist Emilio Sánchez (1921–1999) through research, exhibitions, publications, and contacts. The Foundation was created by the artist's will. Profits made from the sales of his artwork will be given to charitable causes of Sánchez's choice: to support ophthalmic research and to assist other non-profit organizations to support contemporary artists through direct grants. The Foundation received the designation of private operating foundation from the Internal Revenue Service in May 2005. Prior to that it functioned as the estate of the artist.
Scope and Content
The archives of the Emilio Sánchez Foundation document the life and career of Cuban-born artist Emilio Sánchez. The Foundation owns some of the artist's personal papers, including various sketchbooks and personal journals, as well as an important collection of photographs that the artist took as source material for his artworks. The Foundation's art collection is photographed and digitized.
In addition, the archival holdings at the Foundation document the institution's operations in regards to its promotion of public awareness about this artist.
Overall holdings of archives and research material:
18.5 linear feet
Overall holdings of archives and research material on Latino art: 18.5 linear feet
Inclusive dates of files: 1950–present
Note: Some artworks date from the late 1940s
Bulk dates: 1970s–1990s
Languages in which records are written:
English (85%) and Spanish (15%)
Holdings: Primary Sources
Personal papers of artists, critics or art historians associated with Latino art:
2.5 linear feet and eight sketchbooks and personal journals
The personal papers of Emilio Sánchez that are owned by the Foundation include notes and photographs the artist took as preparation for some of his paintings and prints. In addition, the Foundation owns eight sketchbooks and personal journals with details of his daily life and travels.
The designation of private operating foundation is due to expire in the future, and the Emilio Sánchez papers will need to be relocated.
The Miami-Dade Public Library and the Archives of American Art (AAA) also own personal papers of Emilio Sánchez. For information on these collections please consult respectively, http://www.mdpls.org/ and http://www.aaa.si.edu/guides/archivos/index.cfm.
Archives of institution's history and operation related to Latino art:
Eight linear feet
Some outstanding records include correspondence related to the Foundation's collaborations with collectors, museums, galleries, and cultural organizations that have acquired or showcased the work of Sánchez. There is also documentation on some of his works and press materials for events organized by the Foundation.
Recorded interviews and performances:
The Foundation has the transcripts of two interviews with Emilio Sánchez. One of the interviews was conducted by Arlene Jacobowitz in 1967 for the Brooklyn Museum of Art and discusses his work Casita al sol (1966), which the museum had recently acquired. The interview is five pages long and is available on the Foundation's website. The second interview was conducted in 1968 by Ronald Christ for Harcourt Publishers and is eighteen pages long. A copy of it is included in the five linear feet of Sánchez's personal papers at the Archives of American Art. The Emilio Sánchez Foundation also has the transcript of this interview.
Slides and photographs:
435 slides; 1,100 photographs
The Foundation holds 375 slides of Sánchez's oil paintings and 60 slides of his lithographs. In addition there is one linear foot of photographs documenting Sánchez's artwork and one linear foot of photographs that the artist took as a source material for his work. This comprises approximately 1,100 photographs.
The Foundation's art collection is fully digitized. There are 2,500 digital images of works on paper and 375 images of oil paintings.
Art objects and artifacts available for research:
Most of the items were the personal property of the artist at the time of his death and are now part of the Foundation. The Foundation houses 375 oil paintings, a collection of 900 drawings and 2,500 works on paper, all by Emilio Sánchez.
Exhibition catalogues published in-house that include work by Latino artists:
Emilio Sánchez: Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Prints (2001), produced by the Estate, contains essays by Carol Damian, Ann Koll, and Robert Sindelir.
Exhibition catalogues, books, and periodicals related to Latino art:
Six linear feet
The Foundation has a library for internal use. Many of its books belonged to Emilio Sánchez. Several catalogues in the library document exhibitions that showcased his work. These include Giulio V. Blanc, Cuban Artists of the Twentieth Century, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (1993); Luis Calzadilla, "The Cuban Medio Punto," in Emilio Sánchez, Elite Fine Art (1994); Carbonell Galaor, Emilio Sánchez: Causas y Efectos de la Luz, Museo de Arte La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia (1974); Graciella Cruz-Taura et al., Outside Cuba/Fuera de Cuba (1989); Carol Damian, Breaking Barriers: Selections from the Museum of Art's Permanent Contemporary Cuban Collection, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale (1999); Carol Damian, St. James Guide to Hispanic Artists: Profiles of Latino and Latin American Artists, Thomas Riggs, ed. (2002); Carol Damian, et al. Far From Cuba, , Museé des Tapisseries, Aix-en-Provence, France (1998); Memoria: Cuban Art of the 20th Century (2002); Donald Kuspit, The Spell of Structure: Emilio Sánchez's Cuban Houses, Elite Fine Art (2002); The Latin American Spirit: Art and Artists in the U.S. 192–1970, The Bronx Museum of Arts (1989); Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Emilio Sánchez, Recent Work, The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (1985); Marta Traba, Art of Latin America 1900–1980 (1994).
The Foundation has compiled a catalog with images documenting their art collection. The rest of the holdings are not catalogued, but their manageable size and clear organization makes them easily searchable.
The archive is available only by appointment. Records are well organized and easily searchable. There is no area formally assigned for researchers, but the staff is committed to making working space available for day-researchers.
The archival records of the Emilio Sánchez Foundation constitute an important source documenting the art of this Cuban artist who spent most of his career in New York City. This internationally recognized artist is known for his paintings and prints depicting the play of light on architectural structures. The archive's single focus and organization make it easy and pleasant to consult.
Relations to other Latino and Latin American organizations:
The Emilio Sánchez Foundation has worked in collaboration with El Museo del Barrio, the Cuban Artists Fund, the Museum of Latin American Art in California, and the Miami Dade Public Library. Since 2005 the Emilio Sánchez Foundation awards an annual fellowship to artists of Cuban descent through the Cintas Foundation.