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Artist and gallery ephemera LIB.001.002a LIB.001.002
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Artist and gallery files consist of a total of 447 linear feet of materials made up of 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 predominately 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 ephemeral items primarily relating to individual artists and their exhibitions. 96 boxes or 56 linear feet consist of ephemeral items 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 Artist files regardless of the nationality, period, or school of the artist or venue represented until 2011 after which only items related to artists based in or associated with California are collected to be added to the files. Many unlisted artists are represented in both miscellaneous files [i.e. "Aa-Az"], within files grouped under a single proper name [i.e. "Adams"], and as part of group shows filed under another artist's name. The series representing galleries and institutions predominately consists of files related to venues in California. Posters and larger format ephemera are represented in each of part of the collection, the Poster files group was maintained as a parallel companion to the Gallery and Institution files which had been two separate groups in early iterations 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.
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 and have been since the opening of the museum, more commonly known as LACMA, 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. Most of the ephemera was mailed directly to the museum either to the Research Library or to curators who passed the materials along for inclusion in the files. Private collections were also contributed by museum donors, board and committee members, artists and their families.
447.0 Linear feet
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.
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 ahead of time to inquire if materials exist in the Artist and gallery ephemera collection pertaining to your research interests by telephone at 323-857-6118 or email at library@lacma.org.