After three years of work, the papers of legendary dealer André Emmerich and his gallery are now catalogued and available at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. (Thank you to Art in America‘s website for pointing to the news.) The complete papers—including appointment books, correspondence and various records—measure some 300 linear feet and are dated from 1925 to 2008, according to the AAA.
Operating on the Upper East Side, beginning in 1954, Emmerich was a staunch supporter of Color Field painters like Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler. He later moved to the Fuller Building on 57th Street. In 1971, he joined with Leo Castelli, Ileana Sonnabend and Virginia Dwan to open spaces at 420 West Broadway in Soho. He also had a gallery in Zurich for a time.
Emmerich, who died in 2007 at the age of 82, sat down for an interview with the AAA in 1993, which is available online. The papers (organized thanks to support from the Leon Levy Foundation) can be viewed in person at the archives in Washington, D.C. (The list of their contents is lengthy and tantalizing.)
Here’s a little snippet of the AAA interview to bring this to a close:
MONA HADLER: Do you have any stories or anecdotes that you’d like to put into the archives of personalities of artists?
MR. EMMERICH: I’ll tell you – yes. Yes. I’ll tell you a number. One is that I maintain that if you do an autopsy on any artist after their demise, you will find written above their heart the phrase, ‘More is never enough.’