Return to the Finding Aid

Nicholas Wilder Gallery records, 1927-1980

Request access to the physical materials described in this inventory through the catalog record for this collection. Click here for the access policy.

Title: Nicholas Wilder Gallery records
Dates: 1927-1980
Number: 2014.M.35
Creator/Collector: Nicholas Wilder Gallery
Extent: 10.93 Linear Feet (15 boxes, 1 flatfile folder)
Abstract: The collection comprises over fifty artist and gallery files containing photographs of works, press clippings, correspondence, slides, transparencies, and personalized artwork.
Request Materials: Request access to the physical materials described in this inventory through the catalog record for this collection. Click here for the access policy.
Language: Collection material is in English.
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
reference@getty.edu
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
(310) 440-7390
Author: Ellen Colvin

Biographical / Historical

Nicholas Walter George Wilder was born in Rochester, New York, in 1938. He graduated from Amherst College in 1960 and studied law at Stanford University before deciding to enter the art field. Wilder opened his gallery on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles on April 1, 1965, exhibiting contemporary works from New York and Europe, and works by up-and-coming Los Angeles artists. The gallery was highly regarded; Wilder was noted for his keen eye and ability to recognize artistic talent. He gave early exhibitions to Dan Flavin, Ronald Davis, Joe Goode, and Robert Graham, and fostered the work of Sam Francis, David Hockney, John McLaughlin, and many others. He was the first to show Bruce Nauman's performance video pieces and John McCracken's Planks.In 1970, the gallery moved to Santa Monica Boulevard; but changing trends in the art market, including a shift by artists toward creating art with an eye toward the commercial market rather than toward personal expression, and collectors' reluctance to buy work from emerging or unestablished artists, impacted that gallery's financial success.

Wilder decided to close his gallery in 1979, and many of the artists he represented moved to the James Corcoran Gallery. Wilder then moved to New York and reemerged a few years later as an artist inspired by those he had represented, with the James Corcoran Gallery hosting his first solo show in 1986. Nicholas Wilder died of AIDS in New York City on May 12, 1989.

Sources: Rani Singh, Acquisition Approval Form for "Nicholas Wilder (American, 1938-1989) Gallery Records (1965-1979), accession no. 2014.M.35," June 16, 2014.

Aid to the Nicholas Wilder Gallery Records, 1944-1984, AAA.nichwild, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. https://www.aaa.si.edu/files/resources/finding-aids/pdf/nichwild.pdf

Burt A. Folkart, "Nicholas Wilder; Was Contemporary Art Dealer in L.A.", The Los Angeles Times, May 14, 1989, http://articles.latimes.com/1989-05-14/news/mn-442_1_nicholas-wilder-contemporary-art-dealer-art-history (accessed November 7, 2017).


Scope and Content of Collection

The collection comprises artist files and records pertaining to the operation of the Nicholas Wilder Gallery. Files contain assorted ephemera, black-and-white photographs, color photographs, clippings, inventory cards, slides, transparencies, and exhibition posters. There is also unique artwork and correspondence from George Herms and Peter Zecher.

Arrangement

Arranged in two series: Series I. Artist files; Series II. Gallery files


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Audiovisual materials are unavailable until reformatted.

Publication Rights

Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.


Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Francis, Sam
Herms, George, 1935-
Hockney, David
McCracken, John
Nauman, Bruce, 1941-

Subjects - Topics

Art dealers -- United States -- Correspondence
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Los Angeles
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th century

Contributors

Nicholas Wilder Gallery

Related Material

Nicholas Wilder Gallery records, 1944-1984 (bulk 1968-1979). Archives of American Art http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/findingaids/nichwild.htm


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nicholas Wilder Gallery records, 1927-1980, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2014.M.35.

http://hdL.handle.net/10020/cifa2014M35

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of The Estate of Nicholas Wilder. Acquired in 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Ellen Colvin, under the supervision of Kit Messick in Fall 2017.


Container List

Series I. Artist files, 1927-1980, undated 6.67 linear feet (11 boxes)
Box Folder
10 2 Alexander, Peter, 1971
Color slides.
Altoon, John, 1970-1980, undated
Box Folder
10 1 Black-and-white negatives, undated
1 1 Black-and-white photographs, 1972-1973
Box Folder
12* 1 Clippings, 1974
Box Folder
10 1 Color photographs, undated
1 2-3 Correspondence, 1970-1980
1 4 Avedisian, Edward, undated
Black-and-white photographs.
Almeida, Raymond, 1974-1977
Box Folder
12* 1 Clippings, 1974
Box Folder
10 3 Color slides, 1974
Box Folder
1 5 Exhibition materials, 1974-1977
Arnoldi, Charles, 1973-1979, undated
Box Folder
10 4 Black-and-white negative, undated
Box Folder
1 6 Exhibition materials, 1973-1979
1 7 Exhibition reviews, 1973-1979
1 8 Baldwin, Gordon, 1977
Box Folder
10 5 Bannard, Darby, 1970
Color slides.
Box Folder
1 9 Bell, Larry, undated
Black-and-white photographs.
Bengston, Billy Al, 1972-1975, undated
Box Folder
1 12-13 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Box Folder
10 8 Color slides, 1972-1975
10 6-7 Color transparencies, 1974-1975
Box Folder
1 10-11 Index card inventory, 1972-1975
1 14 Photographs and exhibition materials, 1974-1975
Brice, William 1961-1980, undated
Box Folder
2 3 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Box Folder
12* 1 Clippings, 1978
Box Folder
10 9 Color photograph, undated
Box Folder
2 1 Exhibition materials, 1961-1980
2 2 Inventory cards, 1975-1978
Clemins, Vija, 1975-1980
Box Folder
2 4 Exhibition materials, 1975-1980
2 5 Fliers and calendars, 1977-1978
Christianson, Dan, 1969-1978, undated
Box Folder
10 10 Color photographs, undated
10 10 Color slides, 1969-1970
Box Folder
2 6 Photographs and documents, 1977-1978
De France, James, 1970-1976, undated
Box Folder
2 8 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Box Folder
10 11 Color slides, 1976
Box Folder
2 7 Gallery documentation, 1970-1976
DeLap, Tony, 1971-1979, undated
Box Folder
10 13 Black-and-white negatives, 1974-1979
Box Folder
2 11 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Box Folder
13* 1 Clippings, 1974
Box Folder
10 12-13 Color slides, 1971-1977
Box Folder
13* 1 Exhibition poster, 1975
Box Folder
2 12-13 Gallery documentation and reviews, 1973-1979
Contains duplicate exhibition announcements.
2 9-10 Gallery materials and photographs, 1971-1976
2 14 De Maria, Walter, 1966-1967, undated
Black-and-white photographs; contains duplicates.
2 15 Diebenkorn, Richard, 1976-1979
Box Folder
3 1 Flavin, Dan, 1962-1966, undated
Black-and-white photographs.
Francis, Sam, 1951-1980, undated
Box Folder
13* 2 Clippings, 1973-1978
Box Folder
10 14 Color slides, 1973-1974
10 14 Color transparencies, undated
Box Folder
3 4 Correspondence and documentation, 1976-1979
3 2-3 Exhibition materials, 1973-1980
Contains duplicate exhibition announcements.
3 6-7 Index card inventory, 1967-1978
The inventory cards contain black-and-white photographs of artworks.
3 8 Photographs and exhibition materials, 1951-1974, undated
The last two, sleeved photographs need conservation attention.
3 5 Price lists, 1973-1978
3 9 Reviews, 1969-1978
Frankenthaler, Helen, 1955-1973, undated
Box Folder
10 15 Color transparencies, undated
Box Folder
3 10 Photographs and review, 1955-1973, undated
Goode, Joe, 1963-1978, undated
Box Folder
10 16 Black-and-white negative, undated
Box Folder
4 1-3 Black-and-white photographs, 1963-1978, undated
Box Folder
13* 3 Clippings, 1976
Box Folder
10 16-17 Color photographs, 1978
Includes several instant photographs of artworks.
10 16-17 Color slides, 1964-1977
10 16 Color transparencies, undated
Several transparencies need conservation attention.
Box Folder
3 11 Correspondence, 1978
3 12-14 Exhibition materials, 1970-1978
Box Folder
13* 3 Exhibition posters, 1976, undated
Gorky, Arshile, 1927-1973, undated
Box Folder
4 4 Acquisition of pieces, 1927-1973
Box Folder
10 18 Black-and-white negative, undated
10 18 Color transparency, 1946
Box Folder
4 5 Graham, Robert, 1978
4 6 Hall, Nigel, 1968
Black-and-white photographs.
Helm, Robert, 1976-1980, undated
Box Folder
10 19 Color slides, undated
Box Folder
4 7 Exhibition reviews and correspondence, 1976-1980
4 8 Inventory lists and biography, 1976-1980
4 9 Photographs, undated
Herms, George, 1963-1979
Box Folder
4 10-11 Correspondence and exhibition materials, 1973-1979
This folder contains original screen prints by Herms, including a change of address notice and an image of a blimp.
Box Folder
12* 2 Exhibition poster, 1975
Box Folder
4 12 Inventory cards, 1963-1977
Hockney, David, 1966-1979, undated
Box Folder
5 1 Clippings and exhibition materials, 1979
This folder contains clippings that should be made into preservation copies.
Box Folder
10 20 Color slides, undated
The slides correspond to a letter written by Joni Weyl about new lithographs by Hockney.
10 20 Black-and-white negative, undated
Box Folder
5 2-3 Black-and-white photographs, 1966-1976, undated
5 4 Inventory lists and correspondence, 1979
Hoffman, Hans, 1965, undated
Box Folder
10 21 Color photograph, 1965
Box Folder
5 5 Photographs and inventory list, undated
Box Folder
10 21 Transparency, undated
Holland, Tom, 1965-1980, undated
Box Folder
5 9 Biography, undated
5 12-13 Black-and-white photographs and exhibition materials, 1965-1979, undated
Box Folder
13* 3 Clippings, 1969
Box Folder
10 22 Color slides, 1976-1978
Two slides correspond to a letter from Tom Holland found in box 5, folder 6.
Box Folder
5 10-11 Exhibition announcements, 1965-1980
5 7 Exhibition materials, 1971-1976
Box Folder
13* 3 Exhibition posters, undated
Box Folder
5 8 Inventory and business correspondence, 1965-1979
5 6 Personal correspondence, 1965-1970
Contains four original artworks by Tom Holland.
Hoyland, John, 1967, undated
Box Folder
11 1-2 Color transparencies, undated
Box Folder
5 14 Photographs and exhibition announcements, 1967
Box Folder
11 3 Hudson, Bobby, 1976
Color slides and transparencies.
11 4 Louis, Morris, 1957-1961
Color slides and transparencies.
McCollum, Allan, 1972-1978
Box Folder
12* 2 Clippings, 1973
Box Folder
11 5 Color slide, 1972
5 15 Correspondence and exhibition materials, 1973-1978
This folder contains clippings that should be made into preservation copies.
McCracken, John, 1964-1980, undated
Box Folder
6 5 Black-and-white photographs, 1972-1976
Box Folder
11 7 Black-and-white transparencies, 1972-1976
Box Folder
13* 4 Clippings, 1974
Box Folder
11 6-7 Color slides, 1972-1976
Box Folder
6 1-3 Correspondence, 1965-1980
6 4 Exhibition fliers and materials, 1965-1980
Exhibition posters, 1967-1968, undated
Box Folder
13* 4 1967-1968
One black-and-white poster and three blue posters.
Flatfile
FF1** Undated
Box Folder
13* 4 Inventory drawing, 1964-1965
McLaughlin, John, 1961-1979, undated
Box Folder
6 7-8 Black-and-white photographs, 1961-1967
Box Folder
11 8 Color photograph, undated
11 8 Color slides, 1969-1970
Box Folder
6 6 Correspondence and exhibition materials, 1978-1979
Box Folder
11 8 Color transparencies, undated
These transparencies need conservation attention.
box
14 Uncut black-and-white negatives, undated
Restricted pending conservation attention, contact Reference desk for further information.
Moses, Ed, 1971-1980, undated
Box Folder
6 9 Black-and-white photographs, 1972-1976
6 10 Correspondence and exhibition materials, 1973-1980
Box Folder
13* 3 Exhibition posters, 1973, undated
Box Folder
6 11 Inventory cards, 1971-1977
Murrill, Gwynn, 1969-1979
Box Folder
7 2 Black-and-white photographs, 1969-1977
Box Folder
13* 4 Clippings, 1978
Box Folder
11 9 Color slides, 1974-1977
Box Folder
7 1 Exhibition materials, 1976-1979
Box Folder
6 12 Inventory cards, 1972-1978
Nauman, Bruce, 1971-1980, undated
Box Folder
7 5-8 Black-and-white photographs and exhibition materials, 1971-1976, undated
Box Folder
12* 3 Clippings, 1975
Box Folder
11 10 Color photograph, 1975
Photograph stuck to correspondence and needs conservation attention.
11 10 Color slides, 1974-1977
Box Folder
12* 3 Exhibition posters, 1975, undated
The Grossmont College Gallery poster needs conservation attention.
Box Folder
13* 5 Exhibition poster, 1976
Box Folder
7 4 Exhibition materials, 1975-1980
box
15 Film reel and scraps, undated
Contains film scraps from one of Nauman's performance pieces involving his hands and feet, as well as an 8mm reel containing an unidentified Nauman piece. Audiovisual material is unavailable until reformatted; contact repository regarding access.
Box Folder
7 3 Inventory cards and loan paperwork, 1974-1979
Newton, Helmut, 1973-1977, undated
Box Folder
7 9 Correspondence, 1976
7 10-11 Inventory cards, 1973-1977
7 12 Reception invitation list, undated
7 13 Reviews, 1976
Olitski, Jules, 1966, undated
Box Folder
7 14 Black-and-white photographs and exhibition announcement, 1966, undated
Box Folder
11 11 Color slides, 1966
Box Folder
8 1 Price, Kenneth, 1974
Black-and-white photograph.
Raciti, Cherie, 1972-1979, undated
Box Folder
8 5 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Flatfile
FF1** Clippings, 1973
Box Folder
11 12 Color slides, 1975
Box Folder
8 2 Correspondence between Wilder and Raciti, 1975-1979
8 3-4 Exhibition announcements and reviews, 1972-1979
Exhibition posters, 1974-1977, undated
Flatfile
FF1** 1974, undated
Two Kodak exhibition posters.
FF1** 1977
Box Folder
11 12 Transparency, undated
Box Folder
8 6 Rauschenberg, Robert, 1977-1978
8 7 Ruppersberg, Allen, 1974
Black-and-white photographs.
Smith, Alexis, 1972-1978, undated
Box Folder
8 8 Black-and-white photographs, 1973-1976
Flatfile
FF1** Clippings, 1973
Box Folder
11 13 Color slides, 1976, undated
This slide corresponds to an application for a Tiffany Foundation grant.
Box Folder
8 10 Exhibition announcements and correspondence, 1975-1978
8 9 Exhibition announcements and reviews, 1972-1977
8 11 Exhibition materials (duplicates), 1975
Flatfile
FF1** Exhibition poster, undated
Box Folder
11 13 Transparencies, undated
The transparencies need conservation attention.
Snyder, Joan, 1976-1980, undated
Box Folder
8 12 Exhibition announcements and correspondence, 1976-1980
Box Folder
13* 6 Exhibition poster, undated
Box Folder
8 13 Sorenson, Don, 1974-1979
Spence, Andrew, 1974-1976, undated
Box Folder
8 14 Black-and-white photographs, undated
8 15 Loan paperwork and reviews, 1974-1976
Todd, Michael, 1975-1976
Box Folder
11 14 Color slides, 1976
Box Folder
8 16 Exhibition materials and reviews, 1975-1976
8 17 Torres, Horatio, 1974-1975, undated
Black-and-white photographs.
Yokomi, Richard, 1969-1979, undated
Box Folder
13* 6 Clippings, 1978
Box Folder
11 15 Color photograph, undated
Box Folder
9 1 Correspondence and exhibition materials, 1969-1979
Box Folder
13* 6 Exhibition posters, undated
Three duplicate exhibition posters also found in Tom Holland and Ed Moses' folders.
Zecher, Peter, 1970-1980, undated
Box Folder
9 2 Bibliography and photographs, 1970-1975, undated
Box Folder
11 16 Black-and-white negatives, 1974
Box Folder
12* 4 Clipping, 1975
The article about Peter Zecher is in the middle of the paper.
Box Folder
11 16 Color photograph, 1974
11 16 Color slides, 1974
Box Folder
9 3 Correspondence and reviews, 1974-1980
Box Folder
12* 4 Unidentified artwork, 1977
Series II. Gallery files, 1960-1978, undated. 4.33 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 1 flatfile)
Box Folder
13* 6 Clippings, 1977
This contains clippings about Andy Warhol and Ambroise Vollard.
Box Folder
9 6-9 Correspondence and invoices, 1977-1978
Box Folder
13* 6 Exhibition poster, 1978
Box Folder
9 5 Mailing list, undated
Photographs, undated
Box folder
9 4 Black-and-white photographs
Box Folder
11 17 Color photographs
11 17 Color slides
11 17 Transparencies
Box Folder
10 23 Purchased and unpurchased paintings, 1965-1970
Photographs and descriptions of artworks.