Letter from Professor Philip Van Keuren

Philip Van Keuren (Professor of Art, Director of the New York Colloquium, Director Emeritus, Pollock Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University) first saw Edmund D. Kinzinger's drawings and collages in the early 1990s when his friend, Irene Coney, who had been an art student of Kinzinger's at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA, showed him a box of loose-leaf pages she had saved from destruction at Kinzinger's hands in the 1960s.

In a letter to B de Lange, September 2022, Professor Van Keuren describes the shocking event and the fate of those artworks which survived.

We include his letter here in an effort to add to the very small amount of information that can be found on the life and work of Kinzinger, a figure who had such an impact on the theory and work of Flora Scales.

Professor Van Keuren had the artworks he describes professionally matted in preparation for the exhibition he went on to curate Edmund D. Kinzinger: The Early Years 1913-1935, held at The Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA, 16 August - 20 September 1992. Works from Corey’s collection were also included in the exhibition Edmund Kinzinger, Cubist and Other Works: 1910-50, held at The Art Center, Waco, Texas, USA, 5 December 1992 - 14 February 1993, curated by Joseph L. Kagle.


Left: Edmund Daniel Kinzinger, Self-Portrait, 1921, 610 x 450mm, oil on cardboard
Photo: Courtesy https://www.galerie-bayer-bietigheim.de/kuenstler/edmund-daniel-kinzinger
Right: Edmund Daniel Kinzinger, Untitled, 1932, pencil on paper
Photo: Courtesy Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Dallas, Texas, USA

13 September 2022

Hi Barbara,

A friend of mine was one of Kinzinger’s students when he taught at Baylor University in Waco Texas. She came upon him one day in his studio in a depressed state throwing away hundreds of his drawings. She asked if she could have them and he said take them all.

When I directed a gallery for the division of art she loaned me around 30 of them mostly very early non-objective collages from around 1913-1914. This was about 25 years ago. Lovely Kurt Schwitters-like compositions/collages on paper as well as quite a few cubist looking drawings.

I did a small brochure. All the gallery records were thrown away by the person that came after me. My friend had a architect friend who basically took control of those works from her taking them to a Dallas gallery named Valley House.

They show some of those works on their website. The completely abstract ones seemed to have disappeared. They were the ones that would take your breath away.

The whole affair with the architect was not above board in my estimation. Really sad. The works were truly spectacular and they and him deserved something much better.

- Philip