Ward Jackson collection of the "Art Now Gallery Guide"
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Periodicals.
William Ward Jackson (WWJ) born September 10, 1928 in Petersburg, Virginia. More commonly referred to as Ward Jackson, WWJ earned his BFA, 1951, and his MFA, 1952, from the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary. He also studied briefly under Hans Hoffman before going on to teach and direct the Morse Gallery of Art at Rollins College.
In 1955, after an almost ten year correspondence with co-founder and then director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM) Hilla Rebay (HR) regarding his art work, WWJ moved to New York where he was hired by HR to work at the museum. WWJ remained at the museum until he retired in 1994, working his way up from general assistant working alongside now known contemporary artist Dan Flavin in the museum's mailroom to archivist in the early 1970's.
Throughout his tenure at SRGM, WWJ continued to pursue his artistic career building upon the work and attention he received after participating in the 1949 American Abstract Artists annual exhibition by producing paintings and participating in shows that defined pivotal moments in Abstract Expressionism, contemporary art and Minimalism. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows world-wide and can currently be found in the collections of many museums including SRGM.
In 1969 WWJ co-founded the "Art Now: New York" publication, now known as the "Art Now Gallery Guide," with Roger Peskin and Paul Katz. The publication initially featured full page reproductions and statements from artists such as Jasper Johns, Louise Bourgeois and Donald Judd, before transforming into a comprehensive guide to the growing collective of New York City galleries. WWJ served as the advising editor of the publication until 1998 and died six years after on February 3, 2004.
Scope and Content Note
The "Art Now Gallery Guide" created in 1969 and still in production at the present (2007) has evolved substantially. From its inception, the guide served to document and introduce the works of contemporary artists by documenting the exhibition of their work throughout New York City galleries.
The Ward Jackson collection of the "Art Now Gallery Guide" consists of guides edited and collected by William Ward Jackson (WWJ) from 1971-1977. The guides are annotated by William Ward Jackson and a small reproduction of his work can be found in the April 1975 issue.
It is important to note that some issues of the monthly publication are missing. Please see the folder list for a detailed list of available records.
|000560||March 1971 – May 1971||1971|
|000560||June 1971 – August 1971, October 1971||1971|
|000560||January 1972 – March 1972||1972|
|000560||April 1972 – May 1972||1972|
|000560||September 1972 – December 1972||1972|
|000560||January 1973 – March 1973||1973|
|000560||April 1973 – June 1973||1973|
|000560||September 1973, November 1973 – December 1973||1973|
|000560||February 1974, April 1974 – May 1974||1974|
|000560||Summer 1974, September 1974 – October 1974||1974|
|000560||November 1974 – December 1974||1974|
|000560||January 1975– March 1975||1975|
|000560||April 1975 – Summer 1975||1975|
|000560||November 1975 – December 1975||1975|
|000560||February 1976 – April 1976||1976|
|000560||May 1976, Summer 1976, September 1976||1976|
|000560||October 1976 – December 1976||1976|
|000560||January 1977– March 1977||1977|
|000560||April 1977 – Summer 1977||1977|
|000560||September 1977 – December 1977||1977|