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Papers of Sasha Grishin, 1972-2009 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3027700
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Grishin, Sasha
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1972-2009] 
12.0 m. (71 boxes) + 2 fol. packets. 

MS 9091 comprises papers relating to Sasha Grishin's writing on art and his association with artists. They include correspondence with artists, first drafts of exhibition critiques, copies of critiques published in The Canberra times, and drafts of his books, including Vadim Sidur: a study in modern Soviet sculpture, The art of John Brack, Leonard French, John Wolseley: land marks, and, Andrew Sibley: art on the fringe of being. There are also papers relating to membership of the Board of Management of Studio One, the ANU Drill Hall Gallery and the ANU Art Collection Fiftieth Anniversary Touring Exhibition. The major correspondents include Phyllis Boyd, John Brack, Bruno Leti, Leonard French, Andrew Sibley, members of the ANU Drill Hall Gallery Committee, officials and staff of the Australian National University, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Queensland and Nevill Drury of Craftsman House (11 boxes, 2 fol. packets).

The Acc10.206 instalment focuses on the art scene of the Canberra region as well as covering Australian and international art events more generally, consistent with Grishin's role as an art historian and academic. It is composed of invitations, programs, letters, press releases, exhibition lists, newspaper clippings and reviews. Galleries represented in the addition include aGOG, ANCA, Bendigo Art Gallery, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra Museum and Gallery, Coventry Gallery, Craft ACT, Deutscher and Hackett, Drill Hall Gallery, Eva Breuer, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Jardine Street Gallery, Josef Lebovic, Leonard Joel, M16, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Centre for Photography and Redfern Gallery (60 boxes).


Art historian, academic and art critic. Alexander Dmitrievich (Sasha) Grishin established the Fine Arts Program at the Australian National University in 1977 which became the Department of Art History in 1987. He has written several major books on Australian artists and has been The Canberra times art critic since 1977. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2004 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2005 for service to the visual arts and to contemporary Australian artists as an educator, critic and writer, and as an art historian.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 9091, MS Acc10.206.

Source of Acquisition Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and online at: 
Subjects Grishin, Sasha -- Archives.  |  Leti, Bruno, 1941- -- Correspondence.  |  Boyd, Phyllis, -2001 -- Correspondence.  |  Brack, John, 1920-1999 -- Correspondence.  |  Australian National University. Dept. of Art History -- Employees -- Archives.  |  Art historians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Art critics -- Australia -- Archives.  |  College teachers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Art, Australian -- History.  |  Artists -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.  |  Art museums -- Exhibitions -- Australia.  |  Art criticism -- Australia.
Time Coverage 1972-2009 
Occupation Art historians.  |  Art critics.  |  Artists.  |  Academics.


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