Ken and Sherri Nahan Collection

  • 1971-1990
  • 27 items (0.5 linear feet)
  • Call no.: MS 848

Ken and Sherri Nahan operated the Nahan Art galleries in New York City, New Orleans, and Tokyo for many years, exhibiting, publishing, and selling works by a international stable of contemporary artists. They remain active in the art world, as agents and publishers and providing consultation and curatorial services.

The prints in the Nahan collection represent the high state of achievement in French fine art printing in the 1970s and 1980s, and includes works on handmade paper by four master printmakers: Max Papart, James Coignard, Theo Tobiasse, and Nissan Engel.

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Background on Ken and Sherri Nahan


An image of: Max Papart, Araire orange, 1972

Max Papart, Araire orange, 1972

Graduates of Tulane University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, Ken and Sherri Nahan operated the Nahan Art galleries in New York City, New Orleans, and Tokyo for many years, exhibiting, publishing, and selling works by an international stable of contemporary artists. The galleries featured one man shows by Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Le Corbusier, Rafael Olbinski, Dorothea Tanning, Philippe Halsman, Max Papart, Theo Tobiasse, James Coignard, and Oscar DeMejo, among many others.

Defying plans to retire in 1997, the Nahans have kept themselves busy in the art world. Sherri Nahan founded Patinae, Inc., in 1992, representing artists such as Rafal Olbinski, Tobiasse, Papart, Coignard, and Demejo, among others, while Ken Nahan founded Nahan Fine Art in 1997, which offers paintings, prints, and unique works by contemporary artists, as well as consultation and curatorial services for artists, galleries, and collectors.

Scope of collection

The prints in the Nahan collection represent the high state of achievement in French fine art printing in the 1970s and 1980s, and includes works on handmade paper by four master printmakers: the Max Papart, James Coignard, and Theo Tobiasse, all from France, and Nissan Engel, from Israel.

Inventory

Coignard, James: Recherche lineaire (H/C I/X). Triptych; printed by Atelier Pasnic
1986
3 etchings, 26 x 20" each
Engel, Nissan: Lieder VI/XXV #18, Opera X/XXV #19, and Recital X/XXV #20. Printed by Dutrout
ca.1990
3 aquatints, 36 x 27.5" and 31 x 23"
Papart, Max: Araire orange (bon a tirer, ed. of 50). Printed by the artist
1972
Etching, 30 x 20"
Papart, Max: Beautiful bird (3/100). Printed by Mourlot
1981
Color lithograph, 30 x 23"
Papart, Max: Double andante (VIII/XXV). Printed by Dutrout (Morsang)
1981
Aquatint, 19 x 30"
Papart, Max: Electronic man. Printed by Dutrout (Morsang)
1984
2 copper printing plates, 30 x 22"
Papart, Max: Fantastic voyage (épreuve from edition of 60). Printed by Fignier
1984
Carborundum print, 21 x 30"
Papart, Max: Floral I (ed. of 50). Printed by the artist
1971
Lithograph, 28 x 20"
Papart, Max: Kaleidoscope (etat 1-2-3). Triptych, printed by Dutrout (Morsang)
1987
3 aquatints, 20 x 19" each
Papart, Max: Oiseau soleil (23/60). Printed by the artist.
1980
Carborundum print, 30 x 20"
Tobiasse, Theo: Le ciel est etroit entre (2/200). Printed by Chave
190
Lithograph, 30 x 22"
Tobiasse, Theo: Le Duomo de Firenze (III/XXV). Printed by Remusat
1980
Carborundum print, 26 x 21"
Tobiasse, Theo: Parfum d'odalisque (portfolio of 4, HC VI/IX). Printed by Chave
1983
4 lithographs, 22 x 30" each
Tobiasse, Theo: Un peuple assis dans d'Lo (4/200). Printed by Chave
1990
Lithograph, 22 x 30"
Tobiasse, Theo: Purim (3/75). Printed by Remusat
1981
Carborundum print, 33 x 26"
Tobiasse, Theo: Le roi la pomme rouge (a.p. from edition of 75). Printed by Remusat
1981
Carborundum print, 34 x 25"
Tobiasse, Theo: Venise est un bateau (III/XXXV). Printed by Chave/Remusat
1985
Lithograph, 22 x 30"

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Ken and Sherri Nahan, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Dec. 2015.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Ken and Sherri Nahan Collection (MS 848). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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Names

  • Coignard, James, 1925-
  • Engel, Nissan, 1931-
  • Papart, Max, 1911-
  • Tobiasse, Théo, 1927-

Genre terms

  • Prints (Visual materials)

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