COLLECTION / 1945-1989 / Europe and Unites States of America / E. C. Goossen

2500 works of art, publications and documents.

The Goossen Archives are composed of documents and works gathered together by the American art critic, curator and professor Eugene C. Goossen (1920–1997). From the forties to the mid-nineties he compiled material related to his occupation and those artists whose output interested him.

Goossen kept in contact, both in-person and by means of letters and telegrams, with over 30 artists, including Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Ad Reinhardt, Tony and David Smith and Georgia O’Keeffe. He was also in contact with art dealers, curators and critics, such as Clement Greenberg, from whom he received letters, cards, designs and an array of postal items. Carl Andre, for instance, sent him the poems Aviaticanda, Blue… Step and young girls among themselves, and he preserved 40 mail art items from Ray Johnson addressed to the artist and wife of Goossen, Patricia Johanson.

Archivo Lafuente boasts manuscripts, cards, catalogues, pamphlets, photographs, slides and more from his teaching practice—both at Bennington College (Vermont, USA) and at Hunter College (City University of New York, New York)—as well as his other professional activity.

Goossen’s archives also contain information and publications by over 130 artists, such as Brancusi, Calder, Caro, De Kooning, Klein, Lichtenstein and Pollock, as well as an extensive collection of, mainly American, catalogues from the time.


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