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Hiler, Hilaire, 1898-1966  Search this
Flax, Jerome  Search this
Boldt, O'Brien  Search this
Snow, C. P. (Charles Percy),  Search this
Birren, Faber  Search this
Levi, Albert William  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
LÔeger, Fernand  Search this
Cunningham, Ben  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
Moran, Jim  Search this
Hirschfeld, Al  Search this
Varèse, Edgard  Search this
Schnakenberg, H. E. (Henry Ernest)  Search this
Lavell, Charles  Search this
Connelly, Marc  Search this
Kepes, Gyorgy  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Boyle, Kay  Search this
Ferren, John  Search this
Schapiro, Meyer  Search this
Herz, Jay H.  Search this
Crosby, Caresse  Search this
Miller, Henry  Search this
Cunard, Nancy  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Mathews, Paul  Search this
Wittenborn, George  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Williams, William Carlos  Search this
Inverarity, Robert Bruce  Search this
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George),  Search this
Hiler, Hilaire  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
America's Artists in Particular  Search this
Foundation for Integrated Education  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Physical Description:
3.4 linear feet (on 6 microfilm reels).
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Correspondence; printed materials; art works and miscellaneous papers.
REELS D302-D302a: Correspondence, some dating from Hiler's years in Paris in the 1920s; autobiographical and biographical material; published articles by Hiler, "Costumes and Ideologies," "Some Associative Aspects of Color," "Structuralism," "The Search for a Method of Graphic Expression," and "The Origin and Development of Structural Design;" the book Why Abstract, co-authored by him; exhibition catalogs; magazine articles on and about him; and miscellaneous papers. Some material on D302 has been duplicated on reel D302a.
Correspondents include: Faber Birren, Kay Boyle, Marc Connelly, Caresse Crosby, Nancy Cunard (11 items), Ben Cunningham (to Hiler's daughter), John Ferren, Al Hirschfeld, Carl Holty (5 items, up to 14 p. each), Robert Bruce Inverarity, Gyorgy Kepes, Katharine Kuh, Rico Lebrun, Fernand Leger, Albert W. Levi, Paul Mathews, Henry Miller, Abraham Rattner, Man Ray, Ad Reinhardt, Meyer Schapiro, Charles P. Snow, Edgar Varese, Herbert G. Wells, and William Carlos Williams.
In the 5 Holty letters, up to 14 p. each, Holty comments on aesthetics, color theory, the work of Abraham Rattner, Holty's painting, the history of modern art after WWII, and his trip across America with Henry Miller and Rattner.
REELS 611-614: Personal and business correspondence, bills and receipts, certificates, licenses, membership cards; 2 sketchbooks, and 17 loose sketches, many with notes and instructions; 3 notebooks, containing miscellaneous writings, clippings and sketches; 37 illustrations and diagrams, possibly for a book; 119 miscellaneous items relating to color and design; articles and short stories; writings on structuralism, including a copy of the typescript for COLOR AND DESIGN: A STRUCTURALIST APPROACH; a typed draft of Hiler's autobiography (292 p.); 14 exhibition catalogs and announcements; 20 clippings, and printed material; and miscellaneous papers.
Correspondents include America's Artists in Particular (organization), O'Brien Boldt, Kay Boyle, Ben Cunningham, Jerome Flax, the Foundation for Intergrated Education, Jay H. Herz, Gyorgy Kepes, Charles Lavell, Jim Moran, Henry Schnakenberg, and George Wittenborn.
Hilaire Hiler papers, 1925-1966. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels 611-614 & D302-D302a available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Biography Note:
Mural painter, designer, decorator, writer; New York, N.Y. and Paris.
Donated 1967-1968 by Hilaire Hiler.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Sketches & Sketchbooks
Art Theory and Historiography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art