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Wassily Kandinsky papers, 1911-1940 (bulk 1921-1937)

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Kandinsky (Wassily) Papers
Series IV. Correspondence, 1911-1940 ca. 60 items
Series IV.A. Letters to J. B. Neumann, 1935-1940 ca. 20 letters
Letters to J. B. Neumann: 1935-1940

Letters written by Kandinsky to the art dealer and collector Israel Ber Neumann in New York. The letters are rich in information regarding sales, exhibitions and reception of Kandinsky's art work in the United States during the late 1930s.
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4 11 Kandinsky, Wassily, 1935-1937, 1940,
19 letters, including 1 postcard, and two postmarked envelopes (total of 25 leaves). Kandinsky's letters to the art dealer Israel Ber Neumann in New York were sent from Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris, between May 25 1935 and Mar 8 1937. There is one letter dated Jan 14 1940. All letters are typescripts, in German, with occasional additions in ink.
Kandinsky's letters reveal details concerning exhibitions and sales of his art work in the United States and in Europe, especially the planning and organizing of the exhibition at J. B. Neumann's New Art Circle in New York in 1936. The letters shed light on Kandinsky's contacts with J. B. Neumann and Galka Scheyer, as well as with other art dealers, artists, collectors and curators, including Solomon Robert Guggenheim, Hilla von Rebay, Karl Nierendorf, Rudolf Probst, James Johnson Sweeney, Christian Zervos, E. Weyhe, Alfred Hamilton Barr, Josef Albers and the former Bauhaus student Werner Drewes. Kandinsky frequently mentions the artists Reuven Rubin and Lasar Segal.
Kandinsky frequently addresses his intent to interest Solomon Robert Guggenheim in Kandinsky retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Kandinsky also writes critically about sales and exhibitions of modern art currently taking place in Paris, including his own show at the gallery Cahiers d'art in 1935. He comments on the exhibition of his art work organized in 1936 by Galka Scheyer at the Stendahl Gallery in Los Angeles, reports extensively on his retrospective exhibition at the Kunsthalle in Bern in 1937, and mentions several other exhibitions of his art work held in the United States and in Europe.
Kandinsky also comments on Galka Scheyer's and Will Grohmann's articles about his art published in Cahiers d'art, mentions several of his own articles published in Cahiers d'art, and writes about the book Über Punkt und Linie zur Fläche.
Several letters include Kandinsky's remarks concerning the place of his art among other contemporary art trends, especially its relation to Cubism and Surrealism. In this context Kandinsky responds critically to Alfred Barrs' text evaluating current developments in modern art, published in 1936 in the Museum's of Modern Art catalog Cubism and abstract art.
In several letters Kandinsky addresses the concept of abstract art, evaluates the various stylistic "periods" within his own artistic career, comments on the significance of some of his art works, and explains his technique of painting with watercolors.


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