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Jasia Reichardt correspondence, 1956-1987

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Reichardt (Jasia) Correspondence

Scope and Content of Collection

Series I, the major portion of the archive, consists of general correspondence with artists and writers from the 1960s and 1970s, when Reichardt was first Assistant Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and then Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. Many of the letters concern exhibitions she organized, including discussion with artists as to selection of work and their post-opening responses. Other letters comprise requests for submissions to the ICA Bulletin or for appearances on panels, as well as publication proposals. Among the most substantial files are those from artist/poets who participated in Reichardt's exhibition Between Poetry and Painting (1965), such as Henri Chopin, John Furnival, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Dom Pierre Sylvester Houedard, though her broad circle of friends and colleagues extends to Max Bill, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and anthropologist Desmond Morris. Many of these files include drawings, photographs, or poems. There is also extensive correspondence between Reichardt's husband Tony and the artist R.B. Kitaj.

Files relating to the Toymakers Co-operative, an enterprise for which Reichardt solicited artists to create original toys, comprise Series II. The original proposal from Reichardt, the artist's response, and a printed profile of the final product and its creator are included in most files. Many of the same artists as in Series I, such as Luis F. Benedit and Eugenio Carmi, participated in this project.

Series III, Artist's thoughts on the seventies, concerns a project Reichardt worked on as guest editor of Studio International in 1981, asking artists to present their thoughts on the 1970s in written or visual form. Included here are their responses, as well as occasional photographs of their work.


Arranged in three series: Series I. General correspondence, 1956-1987; Series II. The Toymakers Co-operative, 1971-1972; Series III. Artists' thoughts on the seventies, 1970-1981.

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