Guide to the Abe Weiner Papers and Photographs, 1936-2011

Rauh Jewish Archives

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Abe Weiner Papers and Photographs
Creator
Abe Weiner
Collection Number
MSS#582
Date [inclusive]
1936-2011
Extent
1 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English.
Abstract
Abe Weiner was a Pittsburgh Surrealist painter and teacher. This collection consists of his artwork, exhibition and sales records, correspondence, newspaper clippings, awards and certificates, photographs and resumes.

Preferred Citation

Abe Weiner Papers and Photographs, 1936-2011, MSS#582, Rauh Jewish Archives, Library and Archives Division, Senator John Heinz History Center

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History

Abe Weiner (November 5, 1917- June 4, 1993) was a Pittsburgh painter and teacher. A native of Pittsburgh, he lived his entire life there and frequently used the city as the subject of his work. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1941 with a degree in painting and design. After graduation he joined the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and remained a member for the rest of his life. His earliest works are in the 1930s post-Ashcan style favored by his teachers Samuel Rosenberg and Robert Gwathmey. However, early in his career his artistic vision radically shifted, and he switched to painting in the Surrealist style. Common themes in his work include nature, cityscapes and life, decay and rebirth.

He exhibited works at numerous galleries including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Tan Museum of Art (New York), the Herron Art Institute (Indianapolis), the Chicago Art Institute, the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), the Houston Museum of Art and the Butler Art Institute (Ohio). Weiner won numerous awards from the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual Exhibitions held at the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh including First Prize (1941 and 1976), Second Prize (1945), Popular Prize (1957) and the Martin Leisser School of Design Prize (1958). In addition, he won First Prize at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in 1968 and was named one of the “Fifty Most Promising Painters in the United States” by Life Magazine in 1950.

Weiner taught at the Ivy School of Professional Art from 1961-180 and held the position of Assistant Director there from 1961-1972. He also gave private lessons at his home studio, taught at the former Arts and Crafts Center (now the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Shadyside) from 1965-1993 and at the Irene Kaufmann Center (now the Jewish Community Center) from 1956-1960. In addition, he lectured at and judged many art exhibits in the Pittsburgh area including in Butler, Vandergrift, and at the Kittanning Art Association and the New Kensington Art show.

Weiner was devoted to his family, which consisted of his wife Anne, and their three children, Jonathan, Kim and Shari. Weiner continued working and exhibiting into his seventies. After a career spanning over fifty years, Weiner died from heart failure at the age of 75 on June 4, 1993.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Abe Weiner papers and photographs are stored in two manuscript boxes and one oversized folder. The folders are divided by document type. These papers include artwork, awards and certificates, correspondence, a DVD, exhibit and sale records, exhibition catalogs, newspaper clippings and photographs of artwork, exhibited paintings and family. Within each folder the papers are arranged chronologically. The only exceptions are the exhibit and sales records folder, of which one segment is grouped by the creator, and the sketches, which have no discernible dates. The folder arrangement is alphabetical. The DVD was compiled by his family members after his death and features Weiner’s paintings, family photographs and newspaper clippings about him.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Rauh Jewish Archives Senator John Heinz History Center Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania , March 2011

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@heinzhistorycenter.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Restrictions on Access

No Restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Kim Weiner on November 23, 2010.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Eden Orelove in February 2011.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Samuel Rosenberg Papers, MSS#567

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Records, MSS# 399

Separated Materials

This collection contains the following separations:

MSO#582: One oversized folder of sketches.

2011.3: Nine numbered, signed prints, two small artworks and a box of art tools and paints have been separated to the Museum Division.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Weiner, Abe, 1917-1993

Subject(s)

  • Jewish Artists--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh
  • Jews--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh
  • Artists--Pennsylvania--Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Section: Artwork 

  BoxFolder
Drawings undated 11
  Folder
Drawings undated 2
  Folder
Drawings undated 3
  Folder
Finished Drawing undated 4

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  Folder
Awards and Certificates 1936-1941 5

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  Folder
Correspondence 1941-1991 6

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  Folder
DVD undated 7

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  Folder
Exhibition and Sales Records 1946-1981 8

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  Folder
Exhibition Catalogs 1941-1946 9

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  Folder
Exhibition Catalogs 1947-1948 10

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  BoxFolder
Exhibition Catalogs 1949-1959 11

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  Folder
Exhibition Catalogs 1962-1991 2

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  Folder
Newspaper Clippings 1941-1991 3

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  Folder
Copies of Newspaper Clippings 1941-2011 4

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Section: Photographs 

  Folder
Artwork 1940-1993 5
  Folder
Exhibited Artwork 1941-1987 6
  Folder
Family undated 7

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  Folder
Résumés undated 8

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