William A Graham Archives at Museum Fine Art Houston


Whose Cruise, 8’x30′, oil on canvas, 1980, Kelly Alison

Graham Gallery/William A. Graham Archive, 1964-1992 (bulk 1981-1992)

Other materials of note included in the artist files are a lengthy interview with photographer Alain Clement; illustrated correspondence from artist Bob Camblin; a copy of a lecture by Dr. Steven Mansbach on Richard Stout, and a congratulatory note from the Gorilla Girls to Kelly Alison.

The Gallery business records (MS25:02) consist of seven subseries: Correspondence; Subject files; Press clippings; Financial records; Gallery scrapbooks; Printed ephemera; and Artists under consideration. The correspondence contains letters to and from clients, artists, and other galleries and arts organizations. Of note in the subject files are research and notes for open discussions at the Graham Gallery with topics such as the state of the art market, cross-cultural understanding, and women in the arts, Houston Art Dealer Association records; and records for the Houston Center for Photography where William Graham was an Advisory Board member. The Press clippings cover both material specific to the Graham Gallery, the contemporary arts scene and the overall visual arts in Houston. The Gallery scrapbooks is an important resource, chronicling the history of the gallery from the opening in 1981 until it closed in 1992 with press clippings, press releases and various ephemera. Printed ephemera consists of invitations, flyers, and catalogs specific to the Graham Gallery. Artists under consideration consists of correspondence, news clippings and resumes.

The William Graham personal papers (MS25:03) is comprised primarily of correspondence from 1970 through 1984. Much of the material, especially early material is written in French while William Graham was living in Paris. Among the correspondents are Robert Dash, French artist Charles Lepicque and Elimina Auger who worked with Bernard Balanci, Graham´s partner in the Balanci-Graham Gallery, on the catalogue raisonné for Charles Lapicque. Letters from Texas artists Brain Mains, Harvey Bott and Dick Wray appear in the eighties.

The fourth series, Posters & oversize (MS25:04) contains publicity materials related to artists represented by Graham Gallery.

The Graham Gallery Photography Series (MS25:05) is divided into subseries: Artist File Photography; Artist Work Sold; Artists under consideration; Garden Project Photography; and Personal Photography. The bulk of photography is art object and installation photographs. Also included in the Artist File Photography are occasional individual portraits. The garden project documents what appears to be the clearing and resurfacing of the sculpture garden in 1991. The bulk of Subseries 5, personal photography, contains photos from Graham´s time in France in the seventies with pictures of Man Ray, Charles Lepicque, and other artists and associates.


Museum of Fine Art Houston / Archive /File: Bill Graham

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