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Hessel Collection Artist Files

Identifier: IA-002

Scope and Contents

The Hessel Collection Artist Files date primarily from 1992 to present, the lifespan of the institution. They consist of materials relating primarily to individual artists. The materials in the artist files range from gallery invitations and press on each artist’s career, to select correspondence with artists and artist multiples. Records may include announcements, multiples, biographical information, books, brochures, correspondence, exhibition catalogs, institutional publications, institutional records, interviews, invitations, memorabilia, newspapers, official records, pamphlets, photographs, postcards, posters, press clippings, press releases, price list and/or checklists, printed works, prints, scripts, serials, photographs and slides.


  • c.1980-

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to researchers without restrictions. Appointments are necessary to consult manuscript and archival materials. Access copies for media materials may not be available yet. Please contact the CCS Archivist for further details.

Use Restrictions

Collection use is subject to all copyright laws. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of the Library & Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Please contact for more information.

Biographical / Historical

The Hessel Collection Artist Files is comprised of various materials collected regarding artists represented in the Marieluise Hessel Collection of Contemporary Art, the principal resident collection of CCS Bard for over two decades. The Hessel Collection is international in scope, encompassing a wide range of media from the 1960s to the present, with representative works of major contemporary art movements including Minimalism, Arte Povera, Transavantgarde, Neo-expressionism, Pattern and Decoration, The Hairy Who and Chicago Imagists, Post-minimalists, and New Media, among others. The primary provenance for the artist files is Marieluise Hessel, who has generously contributed material to the artist files on a regular basis since they were established.


30 Linear Feet (in 35 boxes)

Language of Materials


Guide to the Hessel Collection Artist Files
Molly North; Supervised by Ryan Evans.
© 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Curatorial Studies Library & Archives Repository

Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson 12504-5000 USA
845-758-2442 (Fax)