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Artist and gallery ephemera LIB.001.002
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Description
The artist and gallery ephemera files consist of a total of 447 linear feet of materials that include, but are not limited to: post cards; exhibition announcements; clippings and photocopies; press releases, brochures; pamphlets; catalogs; price lists; invitations; posters; research notes; reviews and other ephemera promoting the work of artists or exhibitions of artworks organized by galleries as early as 1879, but predominantly dating from the late 1960s to the present. The collection is especially strong in American and international ephemera related to contemporary art and artists and materials from galleries and institutions in the Los Angeles area. 655 boxes or 383 linear feet are made up of artist files, consisting of ephemera primarily relating to individual artists and their exhibitions. 96 boxes or 56 linear feet consist of ephemera from group shows, grouped by gallery or by institutions such as universities, or colleges or the galleries affiliated with these institutions. 6 boxes or 8 linear feet consist of posters grouped geographically. The collection also has examples of contemporary materials from and about related arts, art professionals, art spaces; collectors and collections, vendors and events that were part of former curator's vertical files. All materials pertaining to artists was collected for the artist files regardless of the nationality, period, or school of the artist or venue represented. Beginning in 2011, collecting for the gallery and institution files has been limited to group shows held only in California-based venues. Unlisted artists may be represented in files representing a range of the alphabet [i.e. "Aa-Az"], in files grouping a single common name [i.e. "Adams"], or as part of group shows filed under a different artist's name. Posters and larger format ephemera are represented in each of part of the collection. Catalogs and exhibitions listed are intended as searchable examples rather than a comprehensive index. Please contact the Research Library for more information about additional artists.
Background
The artist and gallery ephemera files were and are compiled and maintained by the staff of the Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch Art Research Library of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and have been since the opening of the museum on Wilshire Boulevard in 1965. Some materials date before the 1960s and were acquired by the library when it was a part of the Los Angeles Museum of Science History and Art (now the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History) at Exposition Park before the Art Museum became an independent entity. The library received most materials either directly by mail or through curators who passed the materials along for inclusion in the files. Museum donors, board and committee members, or artists and their families also contributed private collections.
Extent
447.0 linear feet
Restrictions
Contact the Balch Research Library at 323-856-6118 or library@lacma.org for information on publishing or reproducing materials included in these records. Permission will be granted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as the owner of the physical materials, and does not imply permission from the copyright holder. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all necessary permissions from the copyright holder.
Availability
This collection is open for use by appointment only at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Balch Art Research Library. Please contact the library in advance to inquire if materials exist in the artist and gallery ephemera collection pertaining to your research interests by calling 323-857-6118 or emailing library@lacma.org.