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Ary Stillman
Spirits of the Underworld

Van Deren Coke Gallery
at the University of
New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque

October 7-December 2, 2008

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American Art Archieves

The Archives of American Art collections include papers of artists, art dealers, art historians, collectors, and others; records of art galleries, museums, and art organizations; videos; and interviews from AAA's oral history project.

Many collections are available on microfilm at AAA's Research Centers in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Marino, California, as well as in affiliated institutions serving unrestricted microfilm at the Boston Public Library and the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco.


Creator/Author: Stillman, Ary, 1891-1967

Title: Ary Stillman papers, 1924-1979.

Physical Description:

0.4 linear ft. (microfilmed on 4 reels),
Unmicrofilmed: 2 videocassettes,
reels 99-100,
reel 1772,
reel 1773

Bio/Historical Note:

Painter; New York, N.Y. Born in Russia, he emigrated to the United States at the turn of the century.


Printed material, photographs, correspondence, Reminiscences, diaries, and videotapes.

REELS 99-100: Photographs; Reminiscences; Frances Stillman's diary of a 1952 trip to Europe; and clippings and catalogs.

REEL 1772: Correspondence, 1976-1979, between Frances Stillman and Clement Greenberg regarding Ary's work; a 109 page Reminiscences, dictated by Stillman and supplemented by Frances, covering his early life, his move to the United States, and subsequent trips abroad; excerpts from Frances' diary; and Stillman's remarks about his art.

REEL 1773: A list of museums with work by Stillman; clippings and an article on Stillman; 3 exhibition catalogs; and a scrapbook, 1967-1972, documenting the establishment of the Stillman-Lack Foundation, containing notes by James Chillman, Jr., Director Emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the first catalog published by the foundation, clippings, exhibition catalogs, and announcements from Stillman exhibitions.

VIDEO RECORDINGS: Two VHS videos. One, produced by Pearlman Productions, Houston, Tx., 1983, is excerpts of a conversation Sid Lash held with Frances Stillman on her husband's paintings for KHOU-TV, Houston, February 20, 1969 (10 minutes). The other,"Ary Stillman: 58 years of painting," was produced and directed by Henry L. Thomas, director of Technical Instruction for the Spring Branch Independent School District, and narrated by Frances Stillman (55 min.) In both videos, Mrs. Stillman discusses her husband's paintings as they are shown.


Reel 1772: ACCESS RESTRICTED: written permission required.
Microfilmed portion must be consulted on microfilm. Use of videotapes requires an appointment.


Material on reels 99-100 and 1773 (fr. 5-57) donated 1967 and 1980 by Frances Stillman, Ary Stillman's widow and president of the Stillman-Lack Foundation; she donated the videos in 1985. Material on reel 1772 and the scrapbook on reel 1773 were lent for microfilming by the Stillman-Lack Foundation, 1980.

Additional Forms:

35mm microfilm reels 99-100 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

35mm microfilm reel 1772 available for use only at AAA's Southern California office - Huntington Library; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Unavailable through interlibrary loan until restriction is lifted.

35mm microfilm reel 1773 available for use only at AAA's Southern California office-Huntington Library, San Marino, California; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and through interlibrary loan.

Location of Originals:

Reel 1772 and scrapbook on reel 1773: Originals in the Stillman-Lack Foundation, Houston, Texas.


Stillman-Lack Foundation
Painting, Modern --20th century--New York (N.Y.)
Painting, Modern --20th century--Texas--Houston
Painters --New York (N.Y.)
Painters --Texas--Houston


Video recordings


Chillman, James, 1891
Greenberg, Clement, 1909

Repository Loc.:

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560