Betty Parsons Gallery Sales and Purchases, 1946–1981

The Betty Parsons Gallery Sales and Purchases, 1946–1981 dataset compiles sales information pertaining to works of art made by Ellsworth Kelly, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, and Hedda Sterne. The dataset logs, documents, and stores metadata on 213 art objects sold by the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York City between 1946 and 1981. The information in the dataset was mined from digitized sales invoices from the Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920–1991, hosted by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. The sales invoices can be located at the following web address: The Betty Parsons Gallery, which opened in 1946, championed various artists including abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman. While information regarding the sale of works of art at auction houses is readily available via sales catalogues, trends in gallery sales are difficult to track. This dataset compiles all extant, digitized sales records from the Betty Parsons Gallery papers hosted by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art in order to reveal trends in purchasing habits and sales trajectories of four key artists working after World War II. Metadata fields include sales price, dimensions, medium, and buyer location to better understand which factors contributed to the pricing of contemporary works of art over several decades during the Cold War. The dataset allows for comparisons of artist prices over time across lines of gender, artwork size, and buyer location.



Work Title Betty Parsons Gallery Sales and Purchases, 1946–1981
Open Access
  1. Mongelluzzo, Keri L.
  1. Ellsworth Kelly
  2. Jackson Pollock
  3. Hedda Sterne
  4. sales
  5. art market
  6. Barnett Newman
  7. Betty Parsons Gallery
License CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
Work Type Dataset
DOI doi:10.18113/S1H63C
Deposited August 09, 2018




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  • Added BettyParsons_SalesInvoices.csv
  • Added Creator Mongelluzzo, Keri L.
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