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Rosenberg (Harold) Papers
Series II. Manuscripts, 1929-1978 13.34 Linear Feet
Manuscripts are arranged chronologically, though at times it has been possible to assign an approximate date only. From 1961 to 1976, the writings of each year occupy a manuscript box, and within each year the writings are arranged in alphabetical order. Where the name of the serial publishing a piece is known, it is included.
Series II.A. Harold Rosenberg's Writings, 1929-1978 11.6 Linear Feet
Harold Rosenberg's numerous writings comprise this sub-series, which includes books, book reviews, exhibition reviews, and political essays. In many cases the evolution of a manuscript is discernible through notes, drafts, corrected typescripts and galleys. Often, correspondence with an editor accompanies these papers. The manuscripts before 1960 are interesting for what they reveal about Rosenberg's intellectual development prior to his period of relative celebrity; by contrast, Rosenberg's later writings, primarily for The New Yorker, show the maturation of his thought and style. A small portion of the manuscripts pertain to Rosenberg's various "day-jobs," including his work for the Federal Writer's Project, writing and editing guidebooks to America's art and architecture; his work for the Office of War Information during World War II, for which he wrote radio scripts and conceived propaganda posters; and his consulting work for the American Advertising Council. Unpublished material includes drafts of a never completed book on Dostoevsky. There is also material related to debates surrounding the Nuremberg trials, including a file about Hannah Arendt's book, Eichmann in Jerusalem, and one on Max Ophuls' film The Memory of Justice.
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20 Writings, 1929-1943
20 1 1929
Notes accompanying annotated copy of What Is To Be Done? , by V.I. Lenin.
20 2 1931
Review of Death and Taxes, by Dorothy Parker.
20 3 1931
"Chaos and Its Echo," review of The Melody of Chaos, by Houston Peterson.
20 4 1932
"Character Change and the Drama," Symposium.
20 5 1932
"Character Change and the Drama," (further drafts).
20 6 1933
Review of Men of Good Will by Jules Romains, Symposium
20 7 1934
Review of I, Candidate for Governor and How I Got Licked, by Upton Sinclair
20 8 ca. 1935
"Some Questions Which Face American Writers Today," a questionaire from Partisan Review, with HR's essay-length reply.
20 9 ca. 1935
"Society and Form," review of Permanence and Change, by Kenneth Burke.
20 10 1935
"The Strong Man of Luxury," poem, Alcestis.
20 11 1935
"The American Writers' Congress," Poetry.
20 12 1936
"Sanity, Individuality, and Poetry," The New Act: A Literary Review, ed. Harold Rosenberg and H.R. Hays.
20 13 ca. 1937
"Two Tales," review of The New World, by Edgar Lee Masters, and The Story of Lowry Maen, by Padraic Colum.
20 14 ca. 1937
"The Stages: A Geography of Human Action."
20 15 1938
"The God in the Car," Poetry.
20 16 1938
Essay on American literature, originally enclosed in letter to May Tabak.
20 17 1938-1940
Outline and writings on American art and architecture for WPA Guidebooks.
20 18 1939
"Myth and History," Partisan Review.
20 19 ca. 1939
Journal pages regarding Marx, literature, philosophy.
20 20 1939
Several versions of an essay on Thoman Mann, Partisan Review.
20 21 1941
Men at Work: Stories of People At Their Jobs in America, book in Work Projects Administration, American Life Series, edited by HR.
20 22 1941
"Time in Costume," review of Between the Acts, by Virginia Woolf, Partisan Review.
20 23 1942
"On the Fall of Paris," Partisan Review.
20 24 ca. 1942
"On the Art of Escape," a review of The Seventh Cross, by Anna Seghers.
20 25 1942
Contribution to discussion, "Towards the Unknown," View.
20 26 1943
Radio scripts HR wrote for Office of War Information.
20 27 ca. 1943
Review of Marc Chagall, by Raissa Maritain, Contemporary Record.
20 28 ca. 1943
Review of Camille Pissarro: Letters to His son Lucien, ed. John Rewald.
20 29 ca. 1943
"The Case of the Baffled Radical," review of Arthur Koestler's Arrival and Departure, Partisan Review.
20 30 1943
"Heroes of Self-Defeat," review of The Conspiracy of Carpenters.
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21 Writings, 1944-1949
21 1 1944
"Marc Chagall: Jewish Modernist Master," Contemporary Jewish Record.
21 2 1944-1946
Script by HR for Office of War Information.
21 3 1944-1946
Scripts by HR for the Office of War Information.
21 4 1944
"Clausewitz on War," radio play by HR, broadcast on The Human Adventure.
21 5 ca. 1945
"How to Become Nobody," review of The Perennial Philosophy, by Aldous Huxley and of Vendetta for the Western World, by Christopher Isherwood, Commentary.
21 6 ca. 1945
Political notes, writings, clippings.
21 7 ca. 1945
"Thoman Mann's Joseph: A Humanist Myth."
21 8 1945
"The Messenger," A Radio Drama, and "The Game of the Chinese Laundryman," by HR for Instead.
21 9 1945
"A Novel of Existence," review of For the Sake of Heaven, by Martin Buber, Commentary.
21 10 1946
"Notes on Identity: With Special Reference to the Mixed Philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard," View.
21 11 1946
"Athalie," radio play by HR.
21 12 ca. 1946
Review of In Time and Eternity: A Jewish Reader, Commentary.
21 13 1946
"The Dialectics of Thaw," review of The Short Novels of Tolstoy, Nation.
21 14 1946
Review of David the King, by Gladys Schmitt.
21 15 1947
"Paris Exhibition of Six Americans," catalog essay?
21 16 1947
Galley proofs for Possibilities, co-edited by HR, with writing by HR.
21 17 1947
Brief essay for Baziotes catalog.
21 18 ca. 1947
"Pictures of Jews," review of Polish Jews: A Pictorial Record, by Roman Vishniac, and of The Vanished World, ed. Raphael Abramovitch.
21 19 1947
Review of Island in the Atlantic, by Waldo Frank, Commentary.
21 20 ca. 1948
"Experts of the Self," review of Tales of the Hasidim: The Early Masters, by Martin Buber and of The Story of the Baal Shem, by Dr. J.J. Snitzer, Commentary.
21 21 1948
"Advertising - A New Weapon in the World-Wide Fight for Freedom," a guide prepared by the Advertising Council and USIS.
21 22 ca. 1949
"Explanation of Jean Cocteau's 'The Blood of a Poet'."
21 23 1949
Advertising Council memo on Mental Illness in the US, with notes by HR criticizing the campaign.
21 24 1949
"The Pathos of the Proletariat," Kenyon Review.
21 25 1949
"William De Kooning: A Desperate View."
21 26 1949
"The Communist, His Mentality and His Morals," from Commentary, reprinted in Congressional Record Appendix.
21 27 undated, [1940s?]
"Breton - A Dialogue," play by HR.
21 28 undated, [1940s?]
"The Coming Economic Collapse."
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22 Writings, 1950-1959
22 1 ca. 1950
"French Poetry and American Silence," Encounter.
22 2 1950
Review of The Writer and the Psychoanalyst, by Edmund Berger and of The Psychoanalyst and the Artist, by Daniel E. Schneider, The Scene Before Us.
22 3 ca. 1950
"Portraying Communism," Les Temps Modernes and Twentieth Century.
22 4 ca. 1951
"The Intellectuals and the American Idea," Commentary.
22 5 1951
"Politics As Dancing," review of The Watch, by Carlo Levi.
22 6 1952
"The American Action Painters," Art News.
22 7 1952
"The Anthropologist's Stone," The Twentieth Century.
22 8 1953
"Anti-pereus," review of Painting in Britain 1530-1790, by E.K. Waterhouse, and of Architecture of India, by Benjamin Rowland, Art Digest.
22 9 1953
"Estheticians and Radicals," Saturday Review of Literature.
22 10 1953
"Virtual Revolution," review of Feeling and Form, by Susanne K. Langer.
22 11 1953
"A Fable for American Painters," (published as "Parable for American Painters,") review of the American art show at the Met, Art News.
22 12 1953
Possible topics for Art Digest symposium on the figure.
22 13 1953
"The Sum of Many Colors," review of The Philosophy of Modern Art, by Herbert Read, and A Background for Beauty, by Arnold Silcock, Saturday Review.
22 14 1954
HR's proposal for book about American art, written in letter form to Nathan Glazer of Doubleday & Co.
22 15 1954
"New Painting: Old Song and Dance," (published as "The New American Painting,") Antioch Review.
22 16 ca. 1955
"Roadside Arcadia," a piece about small town America.
22 17 1956
"Everyman a Professional," Art News.
22 18 1956
"The Problem of Jewish 'Alienhood'," review of The American Jew, by Ben Halpern, The New Leader.
22 19 ca. 1956
"The Poet as Intellectual," review of the first seven volumes of Paul Valery's Collected Works (English).
22 20 ca. 1957
Notes for review of The Prince and the Showgirl.
22 21 1958
Catalog for Action Painting show at Dallas Museum, containing conversation with Thomas Hess and Harold Rosenberg.
22 22 1958
"Beings Added to Nature," review of Painting and Reality, by Etienne Gilson, Saturday Review.
22 23 1958
"Twilight of the Intellectuals," Dissent.
22 24 1958
Untitled ("The exposure of passion...")
22 25 ca. 1958
"An Attempt at Anti-Myth," The New Leader.
22 26 ca. 1958
"Tenth Street: A Geography of Modern Art."
22 27 1959
Introduction to Aaron Siskind book.
22 28 undated, [195?]
"The Orgamerican Fantasy."
22 29 undated, [1950s?]
"Pledged to the Marvelous," open letter to Mr. Herberg about Judaism and Marxism, Commentary.
22 30 undated, [195?]
Offprint of Commentary piece by Leslie Fiedler on the Jew-Villain in the Western Tradition, with HR's typewritten annotated response.
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23 Writings, 1950-1976
Research and writing on Dostoevsky, including an article, "Dostoevsky's Idea," not published, and various drafts of chapters for a book HR never completed. See also "The Idiot: Second Century," 1968.
23 1 ca. 1950
"Dostoevsky's Idea," handwritten draft.
23 2 ca. 1950
"Dostoevsky's Idea," typewritten drafts.
23 3 undated
"The Last Idea," a draft of Chapter 1.
23 4 undated
"A Different Modernism," draft of a chapter ?, with various drafts.
23 5 undated
Various drafts, not organized.
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24 Writings, 1959
24 1-2 The Tradition of the New, typescript, 1959
24 3 Notes for The Tradition of the New, 1959
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25 Writings, 1960-1961
25 1 1960
"On Post-Christian Man," Big Table.
25 2 1960
"Judging New Art," Preface to second edition of The Tradition of the New.
25 3 1960
"Literary Form and Social Hallucination," Partisan Review.
25 4 1960
"Art Collector as Hero," review of Confessions of an Art Addict, by Peggy Guggenheim.
25 5 1961
Review of Between Past and Future, by Hannah Arendt.
25 6 ca. 1961
"Community, Values, Comedy," review of Maurice Stein's The Eclipse of Community.
25 7 1961-1963
Large file of notes, drafts, and other material used for lectures given at Oberlin, Princeton and Baltimore.
25 8 1961
"A Spectrum of Poetry Today," Commentary.
25 9 1961
"Saul Steinberg's The Labyrinth, Book find News.
25 10 1961
Review of Sixth Bienal at Sao Paolo, Brazil, Art News.
25 11 1961
"The Cold War and the Future of the West," Partisan Review.
25 12 ca. 1961
"The Search for Jackson Pollock."
25 13 undated
"Moral Attitudes and Will to Achievement of Americans."
25 14 undated
File with various writings and clippings regarding Action Painting.
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26 Writings, 1962
26 1 "Action Painting: A Decade of Distortion,"
Art News, 1962.
26 2 Arshille Gorky
materials regarding Gorky book, including letters, manuscripts, photos, 1962.
26 3 Arshille Gorky
partial typescript, 1962.
26 4 Eulogy for Franz Kline, ca. 1962.
26 5 "The Game of Illusion,"
New Yorker, 1962.
26 6 "Gorky and History,"
HR's response to Paul Goodman's review of his Gorky book, Partisan Review, 1962.
26 7 "The Horse's Mouth,"
review of The Artist's Voice, by Katherine Kuh, 1962.
26 8 "Intelligent Uneasiness,"
review of Letter to a Young Painter, by Sir Herbert Read, ca. 1962.
26 9 Notes
to Irving Howe about intellectuals and McCarthyism, 1962.
26 10 Notes, drafts and clippings
regarding talks HR gave at Brandeis, 1962.
26 11 Notes, drafts, clippings
regarding talk at Baltimore Museum, 1962.
26 12 "Paperback Art Books,"
New York Times Book Review, 1962.
26 13 "Prophet of Psychopolitics,"
review of The Hidden Remnant, by Gerald Sykes, New York Times, 1962.
26 14 Review
of Paul Klee, by Felix Klee, 1962.
26 15 Review
of Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals, by Paul Goodman, ca. 1962.
26 16 Review
of The Tangled Bank, by Stanley Edgar Hyman, 1962.
26 17 "A Risk for the Intelligence,"
essay about the consciousness of art history in contemporary art, New Yorker, 1962.
26 18 Talk
about the media, referring to the Chesman case, ca. 1962.
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27 Writings, 1963
27 1 "The American Scene"
New Yorker, 1963.
27 2 "Anti-Intellectualism and the Intellectuals"
review of Hofstadter book, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, in New York Times Book Review, 1963.
27 3 "The Armory Show"
New Yorker, 1963.
27 4 "Art and Identity"
review of Gorky retrospective at MOMA, 1963.
27 5 "The Art Object"
New Yorker, 1963.
27 6 "Black and Pistachio"
New Yorker, 1963.
27 7 Essay
on Hans Hofmann for MOMA catalog, 1963.
27 8 "Hans Hofmann and the Stability of the New"
New Yorker, 1963.
27 9 "International Art and the New Globalism"
New Yorker, 1963.
27 10 "Literature and Art"
review of The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin, and Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Hannah Arendt, 1963.
27 11 "The New As Value"
New Yorker, 1963.
27 12 "On Art Movements"
New Yorker, 1963.
27 13 "Painting is a Way of Living"
essay about De Kooning, New Yorker, 1963.
27 14 "The Politics of Art"
New Yorker, 1963.
27 15 Transcript of talks HR made at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1963
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28 Writings, 1964
28 1 "Aesthetics of Crisis"
review of Epoch and Artist, by David Jones, New Yorker, 1964.
28 2 "Art and the Shared Metaphor"
(also titled "Modern Art and the Absent Artist"), review of Gombrich's Meditations on a Hobby Horse, Saturday Review, 1964.
28 3 "Art As Thinking"
review of The Thinking Eye, by Paul Klee, 1964.
28 4 "The Art Object"
talk about collage given at Rutgers, 1964.
28 5 "De Kooning"
Vogue, 1964.
28 6 "Insurrection"
essay on Leavis, New Yorker, 1964.
28 7 "Jasper Johns: Things the Mind Already Knows"
Vogue, 1964.
28 8 "Malraux and His Critics: Echoes of Destiny"
review of Malraux anthology edited by R.W.B. Lewis, 1964.
28 9 "The Naturalization Papers of Psychoanalysis"
review of Psychoanalysis and Contemporary American Culture, ed. Ruitenbeek, 1964.
28 10 "1914"
review of Baltimore Museum exhibition of paintings and sculpture from 1914, Art News, 1964.
28 11 "No Room at the Top"
essay about Trotsky, New Yorker, 1964.
28 12 "Novelty and Value"
a talk presented at Penn State, 1964.
28 13 "Problems in the Teaching of Artists"
Art Journal, 1964. (Based on talk given at Midwest College Art Conference, 1962.)
28 14 Reprint
in Bulgarian USIS bulletin of HR's "It Can Happen to Anyone," a review of Alienation: The Cultural Climate of Our Time, New York Times Book Review (rough draft of English version included), 1964.
28 15 Review
of Culture Against Man, by Jules Henry, The New York Review of Books, 1964.
28 16 "The Third Dimension of Georg Lukacs"
(also titled "Elements of the Age"), Dissent, 1964.
28 17 "Vistas in the Arts"
talk given at Columbia, also published in Partisan Review, 1964.
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29 Writings, 1964
29 1 Typescript of The Anxious Object, pp.1-146, 1964.
29 2 Typescript of The Anxious Object, pp.147-235, 1964
29 3 Notes for second edition of The Anxious Object
29 4 Drafts of preface to second edition of The Anxious Object
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30 Writings, 1965
30 1 "The Art Establishment"
Esquire, 1965.
30 2 "Calendar of Creation"
essay about the young artist, Vogue, 1965.
30 3 "Christmas Art Books"
Vogue, 1965.
30 4 Comment
on Partisan Review Statement about Vietnam and Dominican Republic, 1965.
30 5 "Criticism and its Premises"
paper for Penn State seminar on Research and Curriculum Development, 1965.
30 6 "Criticism and its Premises"
more drafts of above paper, 1965.
30 7 "From Play-Acting to Self"
review of The Words, by Sartre, 1965.
30 8 "Guilt to the Vanishing Point"
about Eichmann's trial, Commentary, 1965.
30 9 "Hans Hofmann"
Vogue, 1965.
30 10 "The Method of Hans Hofmann"
partial drafts, research materials, correspondence, clippings, and interviews regarding the proposed book, 1965-72.
30 11 "The New Role of the University in Relation to the Creative Mind"
talk given at Southern Illinois University, 1965.
30 12 "Philosophy in a Pop Key"
review of Understanding Media, by Marshall McLuhan, New Yorker, 1965.
30 13 Review
of Jonah, by Paul Goodman, 1965.
30 14 "Rivers' commedia dell'arte"
Art News, 1965.
30 15 "Scholarship, Criticism and An Educated Public"
talk given for Midwest Public Relations Institute conference on Art as Status, 1965.
30 16 "A State of Mind"
review of The History of Surrealism, by Maurice Nadeau, and Diary of a Genius, by Salvador Dali, in New York Times Book Review, 1965.
30 17 "Toti Scialoja's Serial Images"
catalog essay, 1965.
30 18 "Twentieth Century Art"
lecture delivered at Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, 1965.
30 19 "The Vanishing Intellectual"
New Yorker, 1965.
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31 Writings, 1966
31 1 Autobiographical notes
requested by Horizon Press, 1966.
31 2 "The Commissar and the Id"
review of Art and Society, by Herbert Read, 1966.
31 3 "The End of Art"
a seminar given in Carbondale, 1966.
31 4 Eulogy for Hans Hofmann, ca. 1966
31 5 Is There a Jewish Art?"
Commentary, 1966.
31 6 Lecture
on surrealism; Carbondale, 1966.
31 7 "Leftovers of Revolt"
possibly published in Encounter, but also was version of preface to second edition of The Anxious Object, 1966.
31 8 "Nakian: Eros and Grief"
Vogue, 1966.
31 9 Preface
to Paul Goodman's Five Years, 1966.
31 10 Review (fragment)
of Psychedelic Art show at the Guggenheim, 1966.
31 11 "Saul Steinberg's Art World"
Art News, 1966.
31 12 "Values and Audiences"
talk given at San Francisco Art Institute symposium, "The Current Moment in Art," 1966.
31 13 "Virtuosos of Boredom"
Vogue, 1966
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32 Writings, 1967
32 1 "The American Woman's Dilemma"
Vogue, 1967.
32 2 "The Art Game"
New Yorker, review of Diary of an Art Dealer, by Rene Gimpel, also titled "The Art Dealer," 1967.
32 3 "Art of Bad Conscience"
New Yorker, 1967.
32 4 "Defining Art"
New Yorker, 1967, with related materials, including various notes and drafts, and 2 clippings: "Experimental Art," by Allan Kaprow, and an interview with Frank Stella and Donald Judd.
32 5 "Dr. Taylor's Paper"
The Next Fifty Years, 1967.
32 6 Homage
to Ad Reinhardt, ca. 1967.
32 7 "Homage to Hans Hofmann"
Art News, 1967.
32 8 "Hypothesis for Criticism"
New Yorker, 1967.
32 9 "Liberal Anti-Communism Revisited"
Commentary, 1967.
32 10 "Lights! Lights!"
New Yorker, 1967.
32 11 "Masculinity: Real and Put On"
Vogue, 1967.
32 12 "Means for the Critical Evaluation of Art Performance in the Visual Arts"
talk given at SUNY, Buffalo, 1967.
32 13 "Movement in Art"
Vogue, 1967.
32 14 "Museum of the New"
New Yorker, 1967.
32 15 "The Mythic Act"
also titled "Pollock's Mythic Paintings," New Yorker, 1967. Includes clipping of article on Pollock by Clement Greenberg.
32 16 "The Nineteen-Sixties: Time in the Modern Museum"
review of MOMA exhibition "The 60s," New Yorker, 1967.
32 17 "Retour de l'USSR"
New Yorker, 1967.
32 18 "Steinberg: The Artist and the Mask"
Vogue, 1967.
32 19 "What's Happening to America?"
Partisan Review, 1967.
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33 Writings, 1968
33 1 "Art and Reality"
Commencement address, Lake Forest College, 1968.
33 2 "Art, Design, and the Great Parade"
Vogue, 1968.
33 3 "The Avant-Garde Sensibility"
a chapter of Quality, ed. Louis Kronenberger, 1968.
33 4 Baudelaire Conference, "La Decouverte du Present"
Various materials, including correspondence, programs, ms. of paper HR gave at conference, "Toward the End of Art History," and manuscripts of other participants, 1968.
33 5 "The Concept of Action Painting"
New Yorker, 1968.
33 6 "Discovering the Present"
review of Baudelaire conference where HR was participant, New Yorker, 1968.
33 7 "D.M.Z. Vanguardism"
New Yorker, 1968.
33 8 "Engendered in the Eye"
New Yorker, 1968.
33 9 "Government by Masquerade"
review of The Selling of the President, by Joe McGinnis, ca. 1968.
33 10 "A Guide for the Unperplexed"
translated into Czech for USIS bulletin, Amerika Kultura, 1968. (Originally published in Art News, 1966.)
33 11 "The Idiot: Second Century"
essay on Dostoevsky's novel, New Yorker, 1968.
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34 Writings, 1968
34 1 "L'Histoire de L'Art Touche a Sa Fin"
Preuves, 1968.
34 2 "MOMA Dada"
New Yorker, 1968.
34 3 Notes
on war and anti-war films, 1968.
34 4 "Primitive a la Mode"
review of Dubuffet retrospective at MOMA, 1968.
34 5 "Signs"
review of Gottlieb retrospective at the Whitney, New Yorker, 1968.
34 6 "Surrealism in the Streets"
review of poster exhibition at MOMA, New Yorker, 1968.
34 7 "The Thirties"
New Yorker, 1968.
34 8 "Vicissitudes of the Square"
review of Constructivism, by George Rickey, New Yorker, 1968.
34 9 "What is the art for today?"
Chicago Daily News, 1968.
34 10 "Where to Begin"
chapter in book based on symposium at U. of Kentucky, The Humanities in the Schools, included with preface by Harold Taylor, editor, 1968.
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35 Writings, 1969
35 1 "Aesthetic America,"
chapter by HR in American Civilization, ed. Daniel Boorstin, with correspondence and other relevant material, 1969.
35 2 "Aesthetic America"
rough drafts of chapter by HR in American Civilization, ed. Daniel Boorstin, 1969.
35 3 "After Ten Years"
preface to new edition of the Tradition of the New, 1969.
35 4 "Arp: Pro-Art Dada"
New Yorker, 1969.
35 5 "Art and Words"
about the use of language in visual art, New Yorker, 1969.
35 6 "Educating Artists"
New Yorker (with earlier draft of paper given at conference, "The New University Trained Artist"), 1969.
35 7 "Europe en Route"
review of the European Painting Today show at The Jewish Museum, New Yorker, 1969.
35 8 "Icon Maker"
review of Barnett Newman exhibition, New Yorker, 1969.
35 9 "Insolence of Office"
article about artists' and critics' protest against MOMA's policies and practices, with various clippings and notes, 1969.
35 10 "L'Ecole de New York"
review of Metropolitan Museum exhibition, "New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970," New Yorker, 1969.
35 11 "Marilyn Mondrian"
review of Pop Art Redefined, by Suzi Gablik and John Russell, New Yorker, 1969.
35 12 MOMA's Napas
New Yorker, 1969.
35 13 "Past Machines, Future Art"
review of MOMA exhibition "The Machine as Seen at the End of the Mechanical Age," New Yorker, 1969.
35 14 Review
of De Kooning's Drawings, by Thomas B. Hess, New Yorker, undated (ca. 1969)
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36 Writings, 1969
36 1 Act and Actor
corrected typed ms. of HR's book, 1969.
36 2 Act and Actor
notes, rough drafts, 1969.
36 3 Act and Actor
notes and various drafts, including ms. "The Diminished Act," about Valery.
36 4 Act and Actor
notes, correspondence, and clippings.
36 5 "Art and Its Double"
first chapter of Artworks and Packages; with Christo photo and catalog, 1969. (Previously published as "L'Histoire de L'Art Touche a Sa Fin," Preuves, 1968; also given as talk at Baudelaire conference, "Toward the End of Art History," 1968.)
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37 Writings, 1970
37 1 Art News
HR's answers to questionnaire about museums, with letters from Tom Hess, 1970.
37 2 Barnett Newman eulogy, 1970
37 3 Conference
on Structures of Meaning, including HR's memo on the topic, correspondence, etc., 1970.
37 4 "Confrontation"
review of Art and Confrontation: The Arts in an Age of Change, New Yorker, 1970.
37 5 "De-aestheticization"
essay about the trend toward de-aestheticizing the work of art, New Yorker, 1970.
37 6 "Dilemmas of a New Season"
essay about the relationship between politics and art as portrayed by museums, New Yorker, 1970.
37 7 "Internationalism and Regionalism"
conference paper given at second congress of the International Association of Art Critics and published as chapter of Art et/and Perception, 1970.
37 8 "Keeping Up"
about current American painting, New Yorker, 1970.
37 9 "Liberation from Detachment"
review of Philip Guston show, New Yorker, 1970.
37 10 "Megaphones"
anouncement of sale of prints by artists in support of peace candidates, ca. 1970.
37 11 "Politics of Illusion"
essay about Marx and farce for The Humanities in Revolution, ed. Ihab Hassan?, 1970.
37 12 "Pollock to Pop: Twenty Years of Painting and Sculpture"
Horizon, 1970.
37 13 "The Post-Art Artist"
talk given at Penn State conference to be included in Arts in Society, ed., Edward Kamarck, 1970.
37 14 "Redmen to Earthworks"
review of "19th Century America" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, New Yorker, 1970.
37 15 "Rothko"
New Yorker, 1970.
37 16 "The Woman Behind Great Thinkers"
about Ruth Nanda Anshen, Vogue, 1970.
37 17 "Young Masters, New Critics"
review of Frank Stella retrospective at MOMA, New Yorker, 1970.
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38 Writings, 1971
38 1 "The Art Object"
essay for Plural, 1971.
38 2 "Art's Other Self"
on Andy Warhol, New Yorker, 1971.
38 3 "The Cubist Epoch"
review of Douglas Cooper exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, New Yorker, 1971.
38 4 "The Imperator Complex"
New Yorker, 1971.
38 5 "Johnson's Men"
review of Lester Johnson show, New Yorker, 1971.
38 6 "Meaning in Mondrian"
New Yorker, 1971.
38 7 "Not Making It"
essay about Duchamp, with Calvin Tomkins article about Duchamp (1965), New Yorker, 1971.
38 8 "On the De-Definition of Art"
Marilyn Institute commencement address, 1971.
38 9 "Paris Annexed"
review of "Four Americans in Paris," exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, 1971.
38 10 Review
of My Galleries and Painters, by Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, 1971.
38 11 Review
of The Unfashionable Human Body, by Bernard Rudofsky, 1971.
38 12 "Set Out for Clayton!"
review of Herbert Marcuse's "On the Future of Art," New Yorker, 1971.
38 13 "Shall These Bones Live?"
New Yorker, 1971.
38 14 "Thoughts in an Off-Season"
essay about the artist in the era of post-object art, New Yorker, 1971.
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39 Writings, 1972
39 1 Broken Obelisk
ms. for book about Newman sculpture at U. of Washington, 1972.
39 2 "Inquiry '72: On the Edge"
review of Documenta 5, New Yorker, 1972.
39 3 "Meaning in Abstract Art"
review of Barnett Newman retrospective at MOMA, New Yorker, 1972.
39 4 "Miro's Fertile Fields"
New Yorker and Art International, 1972.
39 5 "The Philosophy of Put-Togethers"
New Yorker, 1972.
39 6 "Place Patriotism and the New York Mainstream"
New Yorker, 1972.
39 7 "The Profession of Art"
on the Depression-era artist, New Yorker, 1972.
39 8 "Reality Again"
review of "Sharp Focus Realism" at Sidney Janis, New Yorker, 1972.
39 9 "The Refusal of the Great Refusal and the Refusal of the Refusal of the Great Refusal"
given as talk at Politics of Art conference, 1972; published in Plural.
39 10 Review
of Marinetti: Selected Writings, ed. R.W. Flint, 1972.
39 11 "Trials of Eros"
review of Erotic Art Today, by Volker Kahmen, and Eroticism in Western Art, by Edward Lucie-Smith, New Yorker, 1972.
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40 Writings, 1973
40 1 "Adding Up"
on Conceptual Art, New Yorker, 1973.
40 2 "Anyone Who Could Write English"
on the Federal Writers' Project, New Yorker, 1973.
40 3 "Art and Technology"
article for Encyclopedia of the Future, 1973-74.
40 4 "Avant-Garde Masterpieces"
review of Miro exhibition at MOMA, 1973.
40 5 Discovering the Present
Corrected galleys, 1973.
40 6 "Dogma and Talent"
New Yorker, 1973.
40 7 "Futurism et Seq."
review of the Guggenheim exhibition, "Futurism: A Modern Focus," New Yorker, 1973.
40 8 "Landscapes and Worktables"
review of Saul Steinberg show at Sidney Janis Gallery, New Yorker, 1973.
40 9 Scialoja article
for Art Museum of South Texas, 1973.
40 10 "Shockers and Fairy Tales"
review of Dubuffet retrospective at the Guggenheim, New Yorker, 1973.
40 11 "Thugs Adrift"
article about Watergate, Partisan Review, 1973.
40 12 "What's New"
review of Everything About Everything, by Lucy Lippard, and The New Avant-Garde, by Gregoire Muller, New Yorker, 1973.
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41 Writings, 1974
41 1 Adolph Gottlieb's eulogy, 1974.
41 2 Art on the Edge,
typed, corrected book ms., 1974.
41 3 "Duchamp: Public and Private"
review of Duchamp retrospective at MOMA, New Yorker, 1974.
41 4 Fact Sheet
on Smoking written by HR, for American Lung Association, 1974-76.
41 5 "The Hirshhorn"
New Yorker, 1974.
41 6 "Men and Ideas: Art and Political Consciousness"
Carnegie Institute Speech, 1974.
41 7 "Old Age of Modernism," 1974
41 8 "Peaceable Kingdom"
review of Whitney museum exhibition "The Flowering of American Folk Art 1776-1876," New Yorker, 1974.
41 9 Poem
to accompany etching by De Kooning, Chelsea, 1974.
41 10 Willem De Kooning
typescript, 1974.
41 11 Willem De Kooning
notes, drafts and other material.
41 12 "Up Against the News"
review of Mary McCarthy books, New York Review, 1974.
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42 Writings, 1975
42 1 "Aesthetics of Mutilation"
on Francis Bacon and Leon Golub, New Yorker, 1975.
42 2 "Artist of Our Time"
about Kokoschka, New Yorker, 1975.
42 3 Contribution
to Commentary symposium on U.S. international behavior, 1975.
42 4 "Death and the Artist"
about Rothko trial, New Yorker, 1975.
42 5 "Death and the Artist"
clippings and legal documents regarding Rothko trial, 1975.
42 6 "Defeat"
review of books on Trotsky, New Yorker, 1975.
42 7 "Evidences of Surreality"
review of Max Ernst retrospective at the Guggenheim, New Yorker, 1975.
42 8 "History at the Met"
New Yorker, 1975.
42 9 "Jews in Art"
review of "Jewish Experience," an art exhibition at the Jewish Museum, New Yorker, 1975.
42 10 "Lyric Steel"
review of Anthony Caro exhibition at MOMA, New Yorker, 1975.
42 11 "Metaphysical Feelings in Modern Art"
Critical Inquiry, 1975.
42 12 "The Revenge of the Philistines"
by Hilton Kramer, a review of Tom Wolfe's The Painted Word, published in Commentary, with handwritten draft of HR's rebuttal, 1975.
42 13 "Smile of Memory"
review of Guggenheim retrospective of Jiri Kolar, New Yorker, 1975.
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43 Writings, 1976
43 1 "American Art: Form and Exploration"
Smithsonian, 1976.
43 2 "American Drawing and the Form of the Erased De Kooning"
New Yorker, 1976.
43 3 "Being Outside"
review of Two Centuries of Black American Art, ca. 1976.
43 4 "Ben Shahn"
New Yorker, 1976.
43 5 Contribution
to Commentary symposium "What is a Liberal -- Who is a Conservative?" 1976.
43 6 Introduction
to Paul Goodman's The Empire City, 1976.
43 7 "A Mediumistic Artist"
review of Masson retrospective, New Yorker, 1976.
43 8 "MOMA Package"
review of "The Natural Paradise," exhibition at MOMA, 1976.
43 9 "Morality in Society"
notes, 1976?
43 10 "Nuremberg and Some Corrupters of Thought"
review of Max Ophuls film, The Memory of Justice, in New York Review, with Ophuls' lengthy response and HR's counter-response; other reviews and letters; 1976.
43 11 "Portraits: A Meditation on Likeness"
HR's preface to Richard Avedon's book of same title, 1976.
43 12 "Purifying Art"
on Ad Reinhardt, New Yorker, 1976.
43 13 Review
of Barry Lyndon, ca. 1976.
43 14 Review
of Statue of Liberty, by Marvin Trachtenberg, 1976.
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44 Writings, 1977-1978
44 1 "Kenneth Noland"
New Yorker, 1977.
44 2 List
of articles to be considered for inclusion in book HR was planning with Thomas Hess, 1977.
44 3 "Outrageously Unique"
review of James Ensor exhibition at the Guggenheim, New Yorker, 1977.
44 4 Proposal
for symposium on Modernism sent to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1977.
44 5 Review
of Surrealists and Surrealism, by Picon, ca. 1977.
44 6 "Seventy-five Years of Art News"
in Art News 1977.
44 7 "Souvenirs of an Avant-Garde"
review of Rauschenberg retrospective at National Collection of Fine Arts, 1977.
44 8 "Subhead TK"
review of Ensor, by Roger Van Gindertael, and Ensor, by John David Farmer, New Yorker, 1977.
44 9 "Twenty Years of Jasper Johns"
New Yorker, 1977.
44 10 "Vanguard Dealers"
about the Julien Levy Gallery, New Yorker, 1977.
44 11 "Artist on Art"
review of Matisse on Art, by Jack Flam. (The last article HR wrote before his death), 1978.
44 12 "Inquest into Modernism"
New Yorker, 1978.
44 13 "The Last Exiles"
review of Stuart Davis retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, New Yorker, 1978.
44 14 "Women and Water"
review of De Kooning exhibition at Guggenheim, New Yorker, 1978.
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45 Writings, 1978
45 1 Barnett Newman
handwritten manuscripts, 1978.
45 2 Barnett Newman
corrected proofs, 1978.
45 3 Materials
regarding Saul Steinberg exhibition that HR curated for Whitney Museum, 1978.
45 4 "Steinberg"
catalog essay for Whitney Museum show, 1978.
45 5 "Steinberg"
partial catalog galleys, 1978.
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46 Titled writings, undated
46 1 "The Academy in Totalitaria"
46 2 "Action in Art"
lecture given at MOMA.
46 3 "American Sculpture: Ideal and Real"
on Hiram Powers.
46 4 "American Surrealist"
on David Hare.
46 5 "Art and the Media"
46 6 "Art and the Public"
46 7 "Art in the Last Twenty Years"
46 8 "Art Since the War"
46 9 "The Artist as Perceiver of Social Realities"
46 10 "The Artist in Residence"
46 11 Comments
on Rockfeller Conference on the Humanities.
46 12 "The Crisis of Art 'Informel'"
46 13 "Exhumation of Surrealism"
46 14 "The Eye of Polyphemus"
46 15 "Freedom and the Arts"
46 16 "Giacometti: Reality at Cockcrow"
New Yorker
46 17 "Guernica"
46 18 "Guild Hall Auction"
46 19 "Identity and Freedom"
46 20 "Joan Mitchell: Artist Against Background"
New Yorker, undated
46 21 "Liberalism, Conservatism and Literature"
46 22 "Marca-Relli"
46 23 "Mobile and/or Active"
46 24 "The Modernist Tradition"
46 25 "Mona Lisa Without a Mustache"
on art and poular culture.
46 26 "New Dada"
46 27 "On Art and On History"
46 28 "On the Art of Escape"
46 29 "On the Radical Content of Contemporary Art"
46 30 "Philosophy of Old and New Materials"
46 31 "Position Precis," on the word "elite"
46 32 "Seven Numbered Notes"
46 33 "Style and Concept"
46 34 "Subjective Painting"
46 35 "Totalitarian Art"
46 36 "Tradition and Eccentricity"
46 37 "Using a New Medium"
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47 Miscellaneous writings, undated
47 1 Drafts
of manuscripts relating to question of modernism.
47 2 Essay
on crafts
47 3 Lecture
at opening of new art building
47 4 Outline
for ms. about action painting.
47 5 Outline
of proposed book.
47 6 Miscellanous
pages regarding the concept of "action."
47 7-26 Notes
sets of notes, notebook pages, drafts of unidentified manuscripts, miscellaneous pages, or scraps.
Series II.B. Teaching Files, 1953-1978 0.83 Linear Feet
These files contain materials related to the courses Harold Rosenberg taught, first at New York University (1953-64) and then at University of Chicago, as a member of the Committee on Social Thought (1967-78). Included are class rosters, student papers, departmental memos, lecture notes, relevant clippings, and occasional correspondence. Manuscripts of special lectures or talks given at Princeton, Harvard, or elsewhere, are filed in subseries II.A.
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48 Teaching Files, 1953-1972
48 1 1953-1965
48 2 1967
48 3 1968
48 4 1969
48 5 1970
48 6 1971
48 7 1972
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49 Teaching Files, 1973-1978
49 1 1973
49 2 1974
49 3 1975
49 4 1976
49 5 1977
49 6 1978
49 7 Transcript of tutorial on Marx's "18th Brumaire," with lecture notes, corrections, undated
Series II.C. Interviews, 1943-1978 0.417 Linear Feet
These files include manuscript drafts of interviews of and by Harold Rosenberg, photocopied clippings of interviews with Rosenberg, and interviews with art world figures about Rosenberg.
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50 Interviews, 1943-1979
50 1 American Council of Learned Societies meeting,
about tour books of American cities that HR, among others, worked on, 1943.
50 2 Interview of Rosenberg by Frank Kermode
about tradition in the arts for BBC, 1963.
50 3 Transcript of symposium
of symposium, "Problems and Issues in Art Today," with HR, Thomas Hess, Barnett Newman, and others, 1964.
50 4 HR interview of Phillip Guston, 1966
50 5 HR interview of De Kooning, 1971
50 6 Lee Hall's interview of HR, 1973
50 7 Paul Cummings's interview of HR, 1973
for Archives of American Art.
50 8 Interview of HR by Dr. Hyman Weitzen, 1974
about daydreams.
50 9 HR interview of Phillip Guston, 1974
50 10 interview of HR by Malitte Matta, 1975
about American art.
50 11 8th International Sculpture Conference, 1975
Roundtable with HR.
50 12 Interview of HR by Melvin Tumin, 1978
about what is and is not art.
50 13 Chicago Literary Review interview of Michael Denneny, undated
HR discussed.
50 14 Martin Friedman and Christopher Finch interview of Barbara Rose, undated
HR discussed.
50 15 Transcript
of interview of HR(?) by interviewer Milton ____? about the current American art scene, undated
50 16 Photocopies of clippings
of interviews of or by HR, including HR interviewed by Jan van der Marck, 1969; HR and Benjamin Nelson interviewed by Robert Boyers and Dustin Wees, 1972; Willem De Kooning interviewed by HR, 1972; Phillip Guston interviewed by HR, 1974; HR interviewed by Howard Conant, 1975; HR interviewed by Melvin Tumin, 1978 (see Ms. above); HR interviewed by Jonathan Fineberg, 1979; offprint of interview with Kenneth Burke, Malcom Cowley and others by American Scholar about the American Writers' Congress (HR is discussed), 1965.
Series II.D. Location magazine, 1957-1971 0.417 Linear Feet
Materials regarding the founding, funding, and editing of Location, edited by Rosenberg and Thomas Hess. Correspondence from the Longview and Stern Family foundations is included, as are manuscript submissions. All editorial correspondence, from Location colleagues such as Kenneth Burke, Thomas Hess, Saul Bellow and Donald Barthelme, is interfiled with Professional Correspondence, 1961-1971, Boxes 2-7.
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51 Location, 1957-1970
51 1 Report
on the Creative Arts to the Edgar Stern Foundation, 1957.
51 2 Longview Foundation proposal, 1959-1969
for Location magazine, including correspondence from Stern family members, an issue of the magazine, brochure announcing other Longview activities, etc.
51 3 Submissions for Location, 1961-1965
51 4 Proof pages from issue of the magazine, 1970


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