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George Sugarman papers, 1912-2001

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Sugarman, George, 1912-1999
Kushner, Robert
Honegger, Gottfried
Jaffe, Shirley
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Physical Description:
12.1 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
The papers of painter and sculptor George Sugarman measure 13.1 linear feet and date from 1912 to 2001, with the bulk of the material dating from 1959 to 1999. The collection documents Sugarman's career as a sculptor primarily through correspondence, project files, exhibition files, writings, and photographs. The collection also includes address and appointment books, business and financial records, printed material, audio and video recordings, and one motion picture film.
The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence with family members, friends, artists, and scholars, reflecting Sugarman's diverse influences and interests. The project files and exhibition files illustrate Sugarman's prolific career as an artist and document Sugarman's numerous projects and exhibitions abroad, particularly in Japan.
The writings by Sugarman are noteworthy as they reveal the integral relationship between Sugarman's philosophical theories about art and his actual works of art. The business and financial records mainly document expenses incurred while working on various projects and exhibitions and while traveling. Maps, clippings, and brochures from Sugarman's many travels are included as well as exhibition catalogs and announcements for Sugarman and others. The collection also contains photographs of George Sugarman and his artwork, dating mostly from the 1970s.
An addition donated 2006 includes audio (3 sound cassettes) and video recordings (1 video reel, 1/2", 11 videocassettes, 7 U-matic and 4 VHS), and one Super 8 mm motion picture film, as well as 12 DVD copies of the film and video recordings. Recordings consist of lectures by Sugarman, documentaries about Sugarman and his sculptures, and radio and television appearances by Sugarman. Among the documentaries are a film, "Baltimore Federal" (1977), by Mark Mikolas, about the public sculpture installed at the Baltimore, Md. Federal Building, and a video copy of a film by Sue Marx entitled "Seven Artists Seven Spaces, In a Hospital" (1976), about a public art project in Detroit, Mich.
An addition of 5.0 linear feet donated 2016 includes biographical material consisting of statements, brief biographies, résumés and chronologies, passports, papers regarding George Sugarman's service in the U.S. Navy and his memorial service, engagement calendars and address lists; administrative files regarding George Sugarman's estate and foundation including two DVDs and a list of artists who received grants from the foundation; correspondence; personal business recordings including contracts, price lists, inventories of works of art, and index cards of paint forumlas used by Peter and George Sugarman; photographs of George Sugmarman and works of art and slides of works of art; printed material consisting of exhibition catalogs and newspaper and magazine clippings; and 12 DVDs of images of works of art created by the foundation as a catalog raisonné.
George Sugarman papers, 1912-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Microfilm reels N70-50-N70-51 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Location of Originals:
Reel N70-50 (part)-N70-51: Originals returned to the lender, George Sugarman, after microfilming.
Related Materials:
Material loaned by George Sugarman in 1970 (reels N70-50 and N70-51) includes biographical material, an essay about George Sugarman, exhibition catalogs and announcements dating from 1954 to 1960, a certificate, writings by Sugarman, and correspondence dating from 1953 to 1970. The originals of most of those materials are included in the papers later donated. Reel N70-50 also contains a substantial number of photographs of Sugarman's natural wood sculptures from the late 1950s, his early works in wood, clay, and plaster dating from 1951 to 1958, his drawings and paintings from the late 1960s, installations and works in progress from 1960 to 1970, and photographs of Sugarman working in the studio in the 1960s. Many of these photographs were not included in the later gifts of papers. Reels N70-50 and N70-51 contain twelve sketchbooks and loose pages dating from 1943 to 1958 which document Sugarman's travels to the South Pacific, New York City, France, Spain, and North Africa.
The transcript and audiotapes of an interview with George Sugarman conducted by Paul Cummings in 1974 for the Archives of American Art's Oral History Program is available at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
George Sugarman (1912-1999) was a sculptor and painter from New York, N.Y. Sugarman studied sculpture with Zadkine in Paris. He received the second prize for sculpture at the 1961 Pittsburgh International, and was one of the sculptors selected to represent the United States at the Sao Paulo Biennal in 1963. In 1960, Sugarman became a teacher in the graduate school at Hunter College in New York City.
Language Note:
Szeemann typescript is in German.
In 1970 George Sugarman lent papers for microfilming (reels N70-50-51). In 1980 and 1983 Sugarman he donated portions of the material previously lent, along with additional material. More additions were received in 1999 and 2000 by the Arden Sugarman, Sugarman's neice. The collection was processed in 2003 with funding provided by the Judith Rothschild Foundation. In 2006, the Sugarman Foundation via Arden Sugarman donated the audio and video recordings and additional papers in 2016.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Sculpture, Modern
Sound recordings
Record number:
Lives of American Artists
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Archives of American Art
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