Smithsonian Acquires Art Dealer’s Archives
Published: August 26, 2019 by Kenna Wulker
Art dealer Andrea Rosen is donating her gallery papers to the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art (AAA). With over 250 linear feet of documents, the archives contain quite a bit of history that will now be safeguarded by the AAA.
Andrea Rosen is an art dealer who opened her gallery in 1990 in New York’s SOHO neighborhood. Over the next two-plus decades, Rosen represented artists like Yoko Ono, David Altmejd, and John Currin to name a few. However, in February of 2017, Rosen announced that she would be closing her space. Rosen would then be co-representing the estate of Felix Gonzalez-Torres with David Zwirner.
In a letter written by Rosen, she states, “As one of the most influential and significant artists of our time, it simply makes sense that the work of Gonzalez-Torres deserves the attention and stewardship of more than one gallery providing a multi-pronged support structure.”
Rosen was known to keep well documented records and photo documentation. Additionally, she kept correspondence with collectors and artists which will be available to the AAA. Other artists and gallery owners have welcomed Rosen to the Smithsonian family. The Smithsonian represents over two hundred other galleries, preserving their histories for years to come, Rosen’s being the latest.