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George Tooker papers, 1930-1973

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Creator:
Tooker, George, 1920-
Subject:
Bachinski, Walter
Bishop, Isabel
Cadmus, Paul
Christopher, William R. (William Rodolphus)
Dix, Otto
French, Jared
French, Margaret
Ginzburg, Ralph
Gonzalez, Xavier
Isaacson, Robert
Kirstein, Fidelma
Kirstein, Lincoln Edward
Laning, Edward
Lynes, George Platt
Nordness, Lee
Perlin, Bernard
Peterson, Joan
Stamos, Theodoros
Wescott, Glenway
Wheeler, Monroe
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1.5 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Summary:
The papers of painter George Tooker measure 1.5 linear feet and date from circa 1930 to 1973. The papers document Tooker's personal and professional life through biographical material, correspondence, project files, printed material, artwork and one sketchbook, and 209 photographs, including some taken by noted photographer George Platt Lynes.
Biographical material consists of an address book, resume, biographical essay, and papers regarding Tooker's education.
Correspondence is with friends, colleagues, and organizations. Correspondents include Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Walter Bachinski, William Christopher, Otto Dix, Jared and Margaret French, Ralph Ginzburg, Xavier Gonzalez, Robert Isaacson, Edward Laning, Lincoln Kirstein, Lee Nordness, Bernard Perlin, Joan Peterson, Theodore Stamos, Bridget Tichenor, and others.
Project files document Tooker's commissions including the set and costume design for Gian-Carlo Menotti's opera, "The Saint of Bleecker Street" and Tooker's participation in the selection of candidates for the Vestris Prize for Choreography. Files contain correspondence, business documents, printed ephemera, sketches, photographs, three volumes of vocal scores, and textile samples.
Printed material consists of a book entitled, "Conversations with Artists" by Selden Rodman that includes a transcript of a conversation with Tooker, two scrapbooks containing news clippings and annotations about Tooker's artwork and exhibitions, press releases, and miscellaneous invitations and announcements.
Artwork includes one sketchbook, loose drawings, and sketches from Tooker's studies at the Art Students' League in the mid 1940s.
Photographs primarily consist of black and white photographs taken by George Platt Lynes and PaJaMa in the mid to late 1940s. A majority of the photographs depict artists and friends, among them: George Tooker and his companion William Christopher, Paul Cadmus, Jared and Margaret French, Lincoln and Fidelma Kirstein, Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, and Bridget Tichenor. Other photographs are of Tooker building his home, gardening, and working in his studio in Hartland, Vermont. Also included are installation views from the exhibition, "Painting in the United States" (1949) at the Carnegie Institute in Pennsylvania.
Citation:
George Tooker papers, 1930-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels, 678-679 and 692, at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the collection as described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm due to processing.
Related Materials:
Available in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with George Tooker conducted in 1966 by Grace G. Alexander for radio station WNYC, New York City.
Biography Note:
George Tooker (1920-2011) was a painter based in Hartland, Vermont and New York, New York.
Provenance:
George Tooker donated his papers to the Archives of American Art in 1973.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Artists' studios
Costume designers
Drawings
Painters
Painting, American
Photographs
Printmakers
Scrapbooks
Set designers
Sketchbooks
Sketches
Transcripts
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9251
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211446
AAA_collcode_tookgeor
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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