Release Date: September 7, 2016
Life of Art Dealer Virginia Dwan and Her Galleries Explored Through Installation of Personal and Gallery Archives in National Gallery of Art Library Exhibition
Washington, DC—In conjunction with the exhibition Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971, on view from September 30, 2016, to January 29, 2017, the National Gallery of Art Library presents documentary material drawn from its collection as well as from the Dwan Gallery Archives and the Virginia Dwan Archives in New York. In the Library: Selections from the Dwan Gallery and Virginia Dwan Archives will be on view from September 30, 2016, to January 29, 2017, in the East Building Study Center.
About the Installation
Following the themes in the related exhibition, In the Library: Selections from the Dwan Gallery and Virginia Dwan Archives provides a deeper look into the Dwan Gallery's evolution from a West Coast outpost for established New York and European avant-garde artists in the early 1960s to one of New York's leading galleries devoted to minimalism, conceptual art, and land art in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Posters, announcements, catalogs, ledger books, exhibition checklists, and correspondence tell the story behind some of Dwan Gallery's most significant shows.
Gallerist and patron Virginia Dwan's relationships with the artists she befriended and represented are explored through letters, notes, and other items of personal correspondence. Photographs, Polaroids, and slides document events including Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely's visits to California, excursions to New Jersey with Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt, and visits to the earthworks she sponsored in the western United States, such as Michael Heizer's Double Negative.
A copy of Carl Andre's Seven Books of Poetry—copublished by Dwan Gallery and Seth Siegelaub in 1969 and Dwan's promised gift to the library—will be on view.
Organized by the National Gallery of Art and curated by Paige Rozanski, curatorial assistant in the department of modern art, and Yuri Long, rare book librarian, this exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Library and Rare Books Collection
The National Gallery of Art Library contains more than 400,000 books and periodicals, including more than 15,000 volumes in the rare books collection, with an emphasis on Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. The National Gallery of Art Library was founded in 1941, the year the Gallery opened to the public. In 1979, with the move to a seven-story facility in the Gallery's new East Building and the establishment of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the library broadened its purpose and the scope of its collection. Its goal has been to establish a major national art research center, serving the Gallery's curatorial, educational, and conservation staff, CASVA members, interns, visiting scholars, and researchers in the Washington art community. Call (202) 842-6511 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
The library's department of image collections is a study and research center for images of Western art and architecture and is one of the largest of its kind, numbering over 14 million photographs, slides, negatives, microforms, and digital images. The department serves the Gallery's staff, CASVA members, visiting scholars, and qualified researchers. Initial access to the library is by appointment, from Monday through Friday.
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Exhibition Press Release: Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971
September 30, 2016—January 29, 2017