Guide to the Robert Freimark Collection

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Guide to the Robert Freimark Collection

Collection number: MSS-2008-05-01

SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
Phone: (408) 808-2062
Fax: (408) 808-2063
Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu
URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives


Finding aid funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Processed by:
Michael Condon
Date Completed:
2009
Encoded by:
Mary Ellen Petrich
© 2009 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Freimark Collection
Dates: 1952-2007
Bulk Dates: 1952-1969
Collection number: MSS-2008-05-01
Creator: Freimark, Robert M., 1922-
Collection Size: 1 oversize flat file drawer (4.5 linear feet)
Repository: San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The Robert Freimark Collection, 1952-2007 [bulk 1950-1960] is a small representation of the creative work of the San Francisco Bay Area artist. Friemark's work in abstract expressionism and figurative art reflects his interest in Mexican culture as well as social and political justice. The collection consists of 19 limited edition prints, lithographs and posters produced by Freimark over a 50-year time period.
Physical location: Vault 1, Flat File, Drawer 2-18
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

Robert Freimark Collection, MSS-2008-05-01, San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives.

Processing History

Collection processed by Michael Condon. Finding aid EAD encoded by Mary Ellen Petrich. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.

Project Information

This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008. The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.

Biographical History

Robert Freimark was born January 27, 1922 in Doster, Michigan. After serving in the United States Navy from 1939 to 1946, Freimark enrolled in college and graduated in 1950 from the University of Toledo, Ohio with a bachelor's degree in creative writing, as well as from the Toledo Museum of Art with a major in painting.
In 1951 Freimark received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Cranbook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan, and had his first solo exhibit that year at the Circle Gallery in Detroit. This was the beginning of a lifelong career in printmaking, painting, lithography, tapestry and video art.
While establishing himself as an artist, Freimark began an extensive teaching career in the early 1950s, including teaching at the Toledo Museum of Art; Ohio University (in Athens, Ohio); and at San José State University from 1964 to 1986, where he was awarded a Professor Emeritus designation in 1986. In addition, he has been an artist-in-residence at Mus Regla, Cuba in 2001; Mus Guayasamin, Quito, Ecuador in 2002; and Balatonfured, Hungary in 2002.
Freimark's art career is inseparable from his commitment to all aspects of the Mexican culture, including its art, music and history, and political and social causes. In 1966, he participated in the historic march organized by Cesar Chavez, from Delano, California to Sacramento California, which brought national attention to the plight of immigrant farm workers.
Over the past 50 years, Freimark's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions across the United States and around the world, including the National Gallery of American History in Washington, D.C. and the Galeria Galiano in La Habana, Cuba.
In 2007, a solo retrospective of his work, Bob Freimark: Art of Dissent, was exhibited at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San José, California to celebrate the re-opening of the Plaza. Curated by Peter Selz, the exhibit demonstrated Freimark's dissident voice as expressed in artwork that examined the two U.S. wars in Iraq; Los Desaparecidos of Argentina; and the maltreatment of Dolores Huerta at the hands of the San Francisco Police, among other themes. Freimark's work, Art Protis Tapestries, was also featured in two additional exhibitions that year, at the San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles and History San José.
Freimark currently works out of his Grass Valley Studios in Morgan Hill, California.

Bibliography

About Bob Freimark. http://www.bobfreimark.com/about.htm  (accessed June 8, 2009).
En la Galeria: Bob Freimark: Art of Dissent. http://www.mhcviva.org/events/detail/2007-02-08-Bob-Freimark-Art-of-Dissent.html  (accessed June 8, 2009).

Scope and Content of Collection

The Robert Freimark Collection, 1952-2007 [bulk 1950-1960] is a small representation of the creative work of the San Francisco Bay Area artist and San José State University art professor. Friemark's work in abstract expressionism and figurative art reflects his interest in Mexican culture as well as social and political justice. The collection consists of 19 limited edition prints, lithographs and posters produced by Freimark over a 50-year time period. Of particular note are three images culled from his Fifty States series, completed in the 1960s. As an artist, Freimark has moved steadily towards painting abstractly. He has avoided painting objects or things, while at the same time understanding the landscape and human figure to develop a sense of reality. His work symbolizes ideas, values and states of mind in pure abstract terms.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into one series: Series I: Artwork, 1952-2007.

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Freimark, Robert
Abstract expressionism -- Specimens
Figurative Art -- Specimens
Art, American -- 20th century
San José State University. Art Dept.


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  Artwork 1952-2007

Physical Description: 1 oversize flat file (Drawer number 2-18)

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of 19 limited edition prints, lithographs and posters produced by Freimark over a 50-year time period. The bulk of the material is from the 1950s and 1960s, with five pieces spanning the years 1979-2002. Of particular note are three images culled from his Fifty States series, completed in the 1960s. As an artist, Freimark has moved steadily towards painting abstractly. His work symbolizes ideas, values and states of mind in pure abstract terms.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date of creation.
Drawer: R. Freimark Art Pieces

Paintings & Drawings 1952-2007

Item 1

No Place to Hide, (50/50). Paper size: 16" x 13". 1952-1953

Item 2

Shipyard 1. (54/60). Paper size: 16-1/4" x 25-1/2". 1952

Item 3

Kamikaze. (8/10). Paper size: 21" x 10-3/8". 1954

Item 4

The Stone Throwers. (41/47). Paper size: 12" x 18". 1957

Item 5

Man With A Knife. (6/17). Paper size: 20-1/2" x 16-1/2". 1958

Item 6

Censored. (54/54). Paper size: 20" x 13". 1959

Item 7

California. Serigraph. (25/71). Paper size: 18-3/4" x 24-1/2". 1962

Item 8

Moment of Truth. (1/49). Paper size: 26" x 20". 1962

Item 9

Screaming Figure of Hate. (22/40). Paper size: 29-1/2" x 23". 1962

Item 10

The Dissenter. (16/25). Paper size: 28-5/8" x 23". 1963

Item 11

Indiana. Serigraph. (41/62). Paper size: 24" x 18". 1967

Item 12

Mississippi. Serigraph. (28/65). Paper size: 24" x 18-1/4". 1967

Item 13

Justice. (31/40). Paper size: 20" x 13". 1969

Item 14

Daniel Valdez. (2/4). Paper size: 28" x 19-7/8". 1979

Item 15

Figure. (2/5). Paper size: 39-3/8" x 26". 1979

Item 16

Campesinos: Air, Fire, Water. Paper size: 22" x 30". 1981

Item 17

Free Kuwait. Lithograph. (23/50). Paper size: 21" x 30". 1993

Item 18

Person Disintegrating. (32/34). Paper size: 30" x 22-1/2". 2002

Item 19

Children's Hospital El Salvador. Paper size: 36" x 24". n.d.

 

Miscellaneous Items n.d., 2007

Item 20

Photograph of the artist. n.d.

Item 21

"Art of Dissent" exhibition catalog. 2007