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Faggi, Alfeo, Collection, 1914-1950

Alfeo Faggi (1885-1966) Collection,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 1998

Alfeo Faggi (1885-1966) Collection, 1914-1950

Accession Number: 00.10

Electronic access to this finding aid was made possible through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Alfeo Faggi (1885-1966) Collection, 1914-1950
EXTENT:.25 linear foot (1 box) and 1 portfolio
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:The collection contains correspondence, exhibition catalogs, articles and photographs documenting the work of Chicago sculptor Alfeo Faggi.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Manuscripts, printed papers, a bound album of photographic prints and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Department of the Museum Registrar, The Art Institute of Chicago
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The date and circumstances of its acquisition are unknown.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Sculptor, lecturer and author, Alfeo Faggi was born in Italy in 1885 and began his formal studies at the age of 13, attending the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. Coming to the United States in 1913, he married Chicagoan Beatrice Butler, an accomplished musician whom he had known in Florence. Faggi received portrait commissions for a number of prominent women in Chicago society including Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson, Mrs. Chauncey-Blair and Mrs. William Vaughn Moody. In 1913 his first American exhibition was held in Chicago at the Henry Reinhardt Gallery. In 1916 Mrs. Frank R. Lillie commissioned Stations of the Cross, a bas-relief executed for the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle. After serving in the U.S. Army 1916-1919, he returned to the United States to become an American citizen. He and his family moved to Woodstock, NY, in 1923 where he lived until his death in 1966.

Faggi exhibited his work in numerous exhibitions, including the Arts Club, Chicago, 1920; the Bourgeois Gallery, New York, 1921; the Chester Johnson Galleries, Chicago, 1926; Ferargil Gallery, New York, 1930; and the Art Institute, 1927. Some of his best-known works are the head of Yone Noguchi, a bronze portrait bust; Mother and Babe; the war monument Pieta; and Walt Whitman, a highly controversial nude statue completed in 1921.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The collection contains correspondence between Faggi and Walter Brewster, exhibition catalogs, articles and photographs of Faggi's work.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
Items are arranged alphabetically by subject type and chronologically within each subject.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Faggi, Alfeo, 1885-1966
Faggi, Alfeo, 1885-1966--Correspondence
Brewster, Walter Stanton, 1872-1954--Correspondence
Sculpture, American--Illinois--Chicago--20th century--Sources
Sculptors--Illinois--Chicago--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.not dated
Portf.Portfolio

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Works by Faggi are held in the permanent collections of the Department of American Art and the Department of Prints and Drawings.

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/access/access.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Alfeo Faggi Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1998. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
This collection was transferred from the Registrar's Office to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1987.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

ARTICLES:
Portf. 1
Bulliet, C.J. "Dawning of a vital new American Art."  Chicago Evening Post Magazine of the Art World.
11/24/1925 1
Box.FF 1.1
"Faggi a pathfinder in sculptural art."  Chicago Herald Examiner.
11/29/1925 1
Portf. 1
"Alfeo Faggi: Anchorite in the modern desert."  Chicago Evening Post.
05/04/1926 1
Box.FF 1.1
"Nailing to the Cross."  Chicago Evening Post Magazine of the Art World.
c.06/1926 1
Box.FF 1.1
Current exhibitions column, The Connoisseur.
06/1926 1
Box.FF 1.1
Current exhibitions column, The Connoisseur.
07/1926 1
Box.FF 1.1
"Collectors acquire Alfeo Faggi's Noguchi and Walt Whitman ."  The Art Digest.
07/1928 1
Box.FF 1.1
" Pieta Alfeo Faggi." Unidentified source.
[1929] 1
Portf. 1
"Alfeo Faggi's exhibition."  The New York Times.
10/12/1930 1
Box.FF 1.1
"Report on Alfeo Faggi."  Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago 28, n.5, pp. 65-66.
Typescript copy.
09/1934-10/1934 1
Portf. 1
"As they are: Man of the Hills."  The Art News.
11/03/1934 2
Box.FF 1.1
"Albright Gallery honors the sensitive sculpture of Alfeo Faggi."  The Art Digest.
03/01/1941 1
Box.FF 1.1
"Guy Eglinton's essays on the appreciation of art."  The New York Times.
02/07/[19--] 1
Box.FF 1.1
"Faggi is vital." Unidentified source.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
"Portrait of Alice Roullier by Alfeo Faggi." Unidentified source.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Citations for articles in The Dial and The Arts III, no. 6, p.417; and V, no.1, p.56.
12/1922 1

CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 1.2
Walter S. Brewster to and from Alfeo and Beatrice Faggi.
03/10/1926-06/30/1927 20
Box.FF 1.3
Walter S. Brewster to and from Alfeo and Beatrice Faggi.
07/07/1927-03/10/1932, n.d. 16
Box.FF 1.4
Walter S. Brewster to and from Chester H. Johnson.
07/03/1926-08/30/1926 6

EXHIBITION CATALOGS:
Box.FF 1.5
Henry Reinhardt Galleries, Chicago, IL.
01/26/1914-01/31/1914 1
Box.FF 1.5
Albert Roullier Art Galleries, Chicago, IL.
12/02/1929-12/16/1929 1
Box.FF 1.5
Ferargil, New York City, NY.
10/17/[1930]/11/18/[1930] 2
Box.FF 1.5
Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; with invitations to private opening.
02/26/1941-03/26/1941 3
Box.FF 1.5
Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, IL; with invitation to opening.
03/14/[1946]-04/02/[1946] 2
Box.FF 1.5
Weyhe Gallery, New York City, NY.
01/09/1950-01/31/1950 1

MISCELLANY:
Box.FF 1.6
List of Faggi's sculpture in Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, Chicago, IL.
1916 1
Box.FF 1.6
The Way of the Cross. Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour. Includes illustrations of sculptures by Alfeo Faggi; poems by Padraic Colum.
1926 1

PHOTOGRAPHS:
Portf. 1
Sculptures by Faggi.
Bound folio of five black and white photographic prints.
c.1935 1
Box.FF 1.7
Rendering of baby in profile.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.7
Sculpture of young woman in long robe.
n.d. 2



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