MS 8327
Records of the Rudy Komon Art Gallery



Scope and Content Note

  • Records
  • c1900, 1959-2000 (bulk 1961-84)
  • 7.26 m (39 boxes; plus 5 large folio packages package and 5 drawers of card indexes)
  • Available for reference

The records were presented to the National Library by Mrs Gwen Frolich under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme in 1991.

The records consists of correspondence, photographs, exhibition catalogues, scrapbooks containing reviews and catalogues of Rudy Komon. They provide a comprehensive record of the activities of Rudy Komon and his Gallery for the period 1959-84, although there is no correspondence dating from the first two years of the Gallery (1959-61).

Biographical Note

Komon was an art dealer and wine judge. He came to Australia from Czechoslavia, where Komon was working as a journalist, in 1952. The Rudy Komon Art Gallery was opened in Woollahra in 1959. Komon is suvived by his wife Ruth.

Mrs Gwen Frolich joined the gallery in 1961 as Komon's business partner until his death in 1982. The Gallery was then ran by Frolich until it was closed in 1984.

See: Who's who in Australia, 1980, p. 496; Encyclopedia of Australian art, vol. 1, p.663.


Series List

  1. Correspondence: general files, arranged by artists, 1961-84
  2. Correspondence: specific files, arranged by artists, galleries and companies, 1962-84
  3. Photographs (General)
  4. Photographs (Personal)
  5. Exhibition catalogues, 1965-83
  6. Scrapbooks, 1959-84
  7. Index cards of paintings and other art works
  8. Miscellaneous, 1962-84
  9. Miscellaneous papers bequeathed by Ruth Komon, c.1900-2000

Series Description

Series 1. Correspondence arranged by artists, 1961-84

This series consists of alphabetical file mainly containing letters from artists whose works were exhibited in the Rudy Komon Art Gallery, as well as young artists trying to publicize their works and Gallery Directors. The files have been arranged in alphabetical order. In some cases letters from the same individuals can be found in the specific files in Series 2.

The correspondents include Tate Adams, George Baldessin, H. C. Coombs, Sir William Dargie, David Thomas, Guy Grey-Smith, Jack (Elwyn Augustus) Lynn, John Siddeley, Tom Silver, Roy Dalgarno and Betty Churcher.

For more information see File List 1

Series 2. Correspondence arranged by artists, galleries and companies, 1963-84

This series contains files relating to specific correspondence with artists, commercial and public galleries, and business firms, mainly concerning the sale of art works or exhibitions. Letters from the same individuals can sometimes be found in the alphabetical files in Series 1

The correspondents include Tate Adams, Bruce Arthur, Jim Ede, Tony Underhill, Keith Moore, David Aspen, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Judy Cassab, Leonard French, Peer Lindholt Savage, Margaret Mackean, Jolly Barry, Kym Bonython, Alex Bortignon, Jeffrey Bren, Joseph Brown, Phillip Cannizzo, Jock Clutterbuck, Lawrence Daws, Sidney Nolan, Ewa Pachuka, Clifton Pugh, Alan McCulloch, Frank Hodginson, Jon Molvig, Norma Redpath, John Olsen, Peter Powditch, Ron Robertson-Swan and Fred Williams.

For more information see File List 2

Series 3. Photographs (General)

This series, which has been arranged in alphabetical order by name of artist, contains photographs and negatives mostly of art works but also of artists. They include George Baldessin, Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, James Gleeson, Ewa Pachuka, Clifton Pugh, Jeffrey Smart and Bret Whiteley.

For more information see File List 3

Series 4. Photographs (Personal)

This series comprises of photographs of Rudy Komon relating to his activities as the Cellarmaster of the Food and Wine Society in Sydney (1956-76) and Wine Judge at the Royal Agricultural Shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra (1959-79).

Series 5. Exhibition catalogues, c.1965-83

The series comprises catalogues, marked up with prices and other annotations, of the Rudy Komon Art Gallery exhibitions. The catalogues, mostly printed but some typescripts, have been arranged alphabetically by artists.

Series 6. Scrapbooks, 1959-84

The scrapbooks contain reviews and catalogues of all of the exhibitions in the Rudy Komon Gallery. The reviews appeared in most Australian newspapers, including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and the Financial Review.

Series 7. Index cards

This series consistsof card index to paintings and other art works, arranged alphabetically by artist, showing when and where they were exhibited, how they were disposed of, and in many cases giving the prices.

Series 8. Miscellaneous

This series contains financial papers (1962-84) and miscellaneous valuations (1977-84).

Series 9. Miscellaneous papers bequeathed by Ruth Komon, c.1900-2000

This series consists of materoal relating to the book launch of 52 Faces of Rudy Komon, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence and miscellaneous items.


File Lists

FILE LIST 1

Folders                  Correspondence           Dates                   

1-2                      A                        1965-69                 
3                        A                        1970-71                 
4                        A                        1972-77                 
5                        A                        1978-81                 
6                        A                        1981-84                 
7-8                      B                        1965-69                 
9                        B                        1970-77                 
10                       B                        1978-84                 
11                       C                        1963-70                 
12                       C                        1970-77                 
13                       C                        1978-83                 
14                       C                        1984                    
15                       D                        1965-70                 
16                       D                        1970-72                 
17                       D                        1973-84                 
18                       E                        1963-69                 
19                       E                        1970-84                 
20                       F                        1964-66                 
21                       F                        1970-79                 
22                       F                        1980-84                 
23-24                    G                        1964-69                 
25                       G                        1970-72                 
26                       G                        1973-77                 
27                       G                        1978-84                 
28-29                    H                        1964-70                 
30                       H                        1970-79                 
31                       H                        1980-84                 
32                       I                        1963-83                 
33                       J                        1963-70                 
34                       J                        1970-84                 
35-36                    K                        1961-70                 
37                       K                        1970-83                 
38                       K                        1984                    
39                       L                        1972-77                 
40                       L                        1978-84                 
41-42                    M                        1964-1970               
43                       M                        1970-77                 
44                       M                        1978-83                 
45                       M                        1984                    
46                       Mc                       1964-71                 
47                       Mc                       1972-84                 
48-49                    N                        1964-70                 
50                       N                        1970-77                 
51                       N                        1978-81                 
52                       O                        1964-84                 
53                       P                        1964-66                 
54                       P                        1967-70                 
55                       P                        1971-76                 
56                       P                        1977-81                 
57                       P                        1982-84                 
58                       Q                        1964-66                 
59                       Q                        1967-71                 
60                       Q                        1972-77                 
61                       Q                        1978-84                 
62                       R                        1962-66                 
63                       R                        1967-69                 
64                       R                        1970-77                 
65                       R                        1978-84                 
66-67                    S                        1964-69                 
68                       S                        1970-71                 
69                       S                        1972-77                 
70                       S                        1978-83                 
71                       S                        1982-84                 
72-73                    T                        1964-70                 
74                       T                        1970-77                 
75                       T                        1978-84                 
76                       U                        1963-70                 
77                       U                        1971-83                 
78                       V                        1963-70                 
79                       V                        1971-73                 
80                       V                        1974-77                 
81                       V                        1978-83                 
82                       W                        1964-65                 
83                       W                        1966-67                 
84                       W                        1968-69                 
85                       W                        1970-72                 
86                       W                        1973-74                 
87                       W                        1975-77                 
88                       W                        1978-83                 
89                       W                        1984                    
90                       XYZ                      1964-84                 

FILE LIST 2

Folders                                           

1         Adam, Tate, 1968-79                     
2         Art Gallery of South Australia, 1972-81        
3         Arthur, Bruce, 1970-76                  
4         Aspden, David, 1970-83                  
5         Atelier'72, 1974-77                     
6         Baldessin, George, 1970-84              
7         Ballarat Art Gallery, 1970-78           
8         Barry's Art Gallery, 1970-73            
9         Bonython, Kym, 1970-83                  
10        Bortignon, Alex, 1972                   
11        Boyd, Arthur, 1970-83                   
12        Brack, John, 1970-83                    
13        Bren, Jeffrey, 1973-83                  
14        Brown, Joseph, 1970-80                  
15        Cannizzo, Phillip, 1970-84              
16        Cassab, Judy, 1970-82                   
17        Clutterbuck, Jock, 1971-84              
18        Daws, Lawrence, 1973-82                 
19        Desborough Galleries, 1973-75           
20        Ede, Jim, 1965-70                       
21        French, Leonard, 1962-79                
22        French, Leonard, 1980-84                
23        Leonard French Exhibition, 1965-67      
24        Gallery A, 1970-74                      
25-26     Georges Australia Ltd. 1963-71          
27        Georges Australia Ltd., 1972-82         
28        Hodgkinson, Frank , 1970-83             
29        Holdsworth Gallery, 1970-77             
30        Ikon Fine Art , 1963-70                 
31        Lidums Art Gallery, 1968-72             
32        Alan McCullock, 1972-84                 
33        Molvig, Jon, 1965-79                    
34        Moore, Keith, 1966-71                   
35        [Australian] National Gallery, 1970-77  
36        [Australian] National Gallery, 1978-83  
37        [Australian] National Gallery, 1984     
38        NRMA ,1970-80                           
39        Nolan, Sidney, 1976-84                  
40        Olsen, John, 1966-84                    
41        Pachucka, Ewa, 1972-83                  
42        Powditch, Peter, 1971-83                
43        Pugh, Clifton, 1963-71                  
44        Pugh, Clifton, 1972-84                  
45        Realities Pty. Ltd., 1976-84            
46        Reid Gallery, 1970-75                   
47        Redpath, Norma, 1970-82                 
48        Robertson, Ron - Swan, 1970-77          
49        Senbergs, Jan, 1966-84                  
50        Sibley, Andrew, 1966-71                 
51        Smart, Jeffrey, 1973-84                 
52        Solander Gallery, 1974-84               
53        Sydney University, 1972-84              
54        Travelodge, 1972-73                     
55        Underhill, Anthony, 1964-66             
56        Whiteley, Brett ,1963-69                
57        Williams, Fred, 1966-71                 
58        Williams, Fred, 1972-84                 

FILE LIST 3

Folders   Photos                                                     

1         Alexander (a sculptor)                                     
2         Aspen, David                                               
3         Baldessin, George                                          
4         Blackman, Charles                                          
5         Boyd, Arthur                                               
6         Boyd, Ivon,  Brack, John and Bren, Jeffrey                 
7         Bungay, Robert and Byrne, Sam                              
8         Carse, J.H.,  Chirico, G. de,  Collins, Lynn,  Coburn,     
          John  and  Crawford, L.                                    
9         Cassab, Judy                                               
10        Clutterbuck, Jock                                          
11        Dabro, Ante                                                
12        Daen, Lindsay                                              
13        Dalgarno, Roy,  Daws, Lawrence  and de Maistre, Roy        
14        Dent, John and Dobell, William                             
15        Drysdale, Russell                                          
16        Ellis, Robert                                              
17        Escobedo, Augustus (Mexican sculptor)                      
18        Feint, Adrian and Fairweather, Ian                         
19-20     French, Leonard                                            
21        Frolich, Gwen                                              
22        Gleeson, James                                             
23        Gleghorn, Tom,   Greenhalgh, Victor,  Grey-Smith, and      
          Gaudier-Brzeska, H.                                        
24        Haynes, George,  Heger, D. Hill,  Hodgkinson, F. and       
          Hope, Lawrence, Hope and Hopkins,A.                        
25        Jakola, Isto,  Johnson, G. and Jamieson, Gill              
26        Klippel, Robert and Kemp, Katz                             
27        Klippel, Robert                                            
28        Kossatz, Les                                               
29        Leach-Jones, Alun                                          
30        Leti, Bruno and Lewers, Margo                              
31        McKay, Ian and McKay, Barbara                              
32        May, Edward,  Madigan, Rosemarry and Marcus, Ed            
33        Miller, Godfrey                                            
34        Molvig, Jon and Moller, Peter                              
35        Moore, Henry and Murray-White, Clive                       
36        Kellner, S.                                                
37-38     Nolan, Sidney                                              
39        Olsen, John and Orban, Desiderius                          
40-41     Pachucka, Ewa                                              
42        Percival, John,  Picasso, Pablo  and Powditch, Peter       
43        Pugh, Clifton                                              
44        Ragus, Aurel,  Rapotec, Stanislaus and  Rees, Lloyd        
45-46     Redpath, Norma                                             
47        Richardson, Douglas,  Robertson-Swann, Ron  and Roberts,   
          Tom                                                        
48        Sanders, Tom,  Schaffer, C. and  Sellbach, Udo             
49        Senberg, Jan                                               
50        Smart, Jeffrey                                             
51        Smith, Eric                                                
52        Sibley, Andrew and Shepherdson, Gordon                     
53        Tuck, Marie,  Tucker, Albert and  Thornton, Wallace        
54        Underhill, Anthony                                         
55        Upward, Peter and Vassilief, Danila                        
56        Wakelin, Roland                                            
57        Walker, Stephen and Whiteley, Bret                         
58        Fred Willams Exhibition, 1978                              

Folio 1   Miscellaneous photographs and cuttings, including          
          photographs on Dickerson                                   

Addition 7.06.01

Series 9 Miscellaneous papers bequeathed by Ruth Komon, c.1900-2000

Box 36

Folder

1			  Material relating to the book launch of 52 Faces of Rudy Komon; 
           guest lists, book distribution lists, typescript of the launch speech, 1999

2          Cards and letters to Ruth Komon from people expressing their appreciation of
           52 Faces...., includes photographs taken at an after launch party, 1999-2000

3          Various correspondence, 1956-82

4-6        Photographs of family and friends, c.1900-1982

7          Photographs of Rudy's 70th birthday party, 1978

Box 37

8          Photographs of Rudy's wake, 1982

9          Official documents of Rudy Komon, e.g. passports and ID papers

10			  Catalogue, articles and newspaper clippings for an exhibition at the Art
           Gallery of New South Wales, 1999 titled 'The Innovators: collectors who
           shaped Sydney's avant-garde, 1963-78'

11-12      Newspaper clippings relating to Rudy's wine and art interests, including 
           clippings on Ruth's teaching career, 1970's-80's

13         Miscellaneous publications, exhibition lists, catalogues etc.

Box 38 

           Bag of petty cash receipts (1970's), 1 notebook (1980), 1 diary/address book (1982)
           wine judging medals, (mostly Agricultural Society of NSW), 1 gold tooth filling,
           1 file miscellaneous pamphlets and notes

Box 39

           Tape cassettes, 2 gallery guest books (1967, 1971)

Box List

Series    Box                                                                   

1         1-15                                                                  
2         16-22                                                                 
3         23-30; Folio item 1 in Folio box 1                                    
4         31                                                                    
5         31-34                                                                 
6         Folio items 2-5 in Folio box 1                                        
6         Folio items 3-4 in Folio box 2                                        
7         5 metal drawers                                                       
8         34-35                                                                 
List prepared January 1992
Updated 18 September 1996
Updated October 2001