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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute: CAI ARC 2019.01CAI ARC 2019.01

Collection of Steven Leiber catalogs and related materials

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Archives

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2019-04-16 15:06:57 -0400.
Language: Finding aid written in English.

Repository: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Archives
creatorSterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library
Title: Collection of Steven Leiber catalogs and related materials
Dates: 1994-2010
Dates: 1994-2013
Quantity: 5.33 Linear feet2 letter document boxes, 1 legal document box, 1 record storage carton, 1 oversize flat box, 1 clamshell box, 1 poster tube
Abstract:This collection contains dealer and exhibition catalogs created by or relating to Steven Leiber.
Identification: CAI ARC 2019.01
Language: English


This collection is arranged chronologically where possible. Due to the varying sizes and formats of the catalogs, exceptions to this order have been made as necessary.The chronological order is as follows: 1994, Something ? More.
1994, Art for all assemblin zusammenstellung assemblage assemblaggio.
1995, Intermedia special European and Latin American issue.
1995, Art information 3/18/95.
1995, Bulletin 1995.
1995, Ray Johnson, North American networkers and dadazines.
1995, Chain reaction.
1996, Inventory of the Swedish Archive Of artist books.
1996, SAAB.
1996, Artform.
1996, Flappenings and huxus.
1997, The white pages.
1997, Library science.
1998, Reflection Press.
1998, Artits' Recordworks.
2002, Primarily books from a Miami Beach private collection.
2002, Signatures.
2003, A succulent dilemma.
2003-2005, Proposal Series.
2005, Various small Pettibons and a Ruscha.
2006, Raymond Pettibon flyers.
2006, Catalogue-catalogus.
2007, NY Art Book Fair II.
2007, Ephemeron.
2007, The sound of music.
2008, Images nr. 2.
2008, Hal Glicksman Beat archive.
2009, Vital perfection : Milano, Paris, London.
2010, Images nr. 3.
2010, Buchwerke bookworks.
2010, De-struc/tion in print.
2010, Art, activism, ephemera.
2010, NY Art Book Fair 2010.
2013, Artists and editions.

Scope and Contents

Steven Leiber was an art and ephemera dealer and collector located in San Francisco. He was active from 1983 to his death in 2012. In 1992, Leiber began producing catalogs for his gallery Steven Leiber Basement. These unique catalogs come in many different formats, often mimicking the design of a piece sold within, and have become collectible in and of themselves. Forms here include, but are not limited to, an imitation library card catalog, a thirty foot long scroll, and a pack of baseball cards complete with a stick of gum. The pieces for sale listed within the catalogs are various and can range from art ephemera to artists' books to signed pieces. The collection also includes various exhibition catalogs and promotional materials related to Steven Leiber.

History of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.

Black Flag (Musical group)
N.E. Thing Company‏
20th Century Art Archives
Art -- Catalogs
Art dealers
Art, modern
Artists' books
Auto-Destructive Art
Beau Geste Press
Berman, Wallace, 1926-1976
Boltanski, Christian, 1944-
Booksellers' catalogs
Broodthaers, Marcel
Exhibition catalogs
Feldmann, Hans-Peter, 1941-
Fluxus (Group of artists)
Galerie Bischofberger‏
Glicksman, Hal
Graham, Dan, 1942-
Johnson, Ray, 1927-1995
Kasprzak, David
Kunsthalle Bern
Leiber, Steven
Mail art
Metzger, Gustav
NY Art Book Fair (5th : 2010)
NY Art Book Fair (2nd : 2007)
Paolini, Giulio, 1940-
Pettibon, Raymond, 1957-
Printed ephemera
Reflection Press
Rite editions
Roeper, Susan, 1957-
Sales catalogs
San Francisco (Calif.)
Seth Siegelaub (Art Gallery)
Something Else Press‏
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach (Germany)
Steven Leiber (Gallery)
Swedish Archive of Artist Books
Track 16 Gallery and Mainspace
Williamstown (Mass)


Restrictions on Access

This material is not restricted.

Restrictions on Use

This material is not restricted.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

These catalogs were transferred from the office of Susan Roeper, Library Director, Clark Art Institute, to the Library Archives in 2019.

Preferred Citation

[Cite the item (as appropriate)], Collection of Steven Leiber catalogs and related materials, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Acquisition Information

These catalogs were sent to Susan Roeper at the Clark Art Institute Library from Steven Leiber contemporaneously.

Processing Information

This material was minimally processed. Items were placed in acid free folders. Items were left in their original mailers when present.

Related Material

Aarons, Philip E. and Tom Patchett. The Catalogues of Steven Leiber: A Memorial Exhibition. New York, NY: Printed Matter, 2012.

Available at the Clark Art Institute Library. Call number: NF237 L525 N48 2012

Trepanier, Peter. Leiber and Sullivan. Ottawa, CA: National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives, 2012.

Available at the Clark Art Institute Library. Call number: NF195 O88 2012

Steven Leiber's catalogs were often inspired by or paid homage to existing artists' books. Reference information for the source of inspiration is included in the item level descriptions where applicable.

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