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Creator:
Constant, George, 1892-1978  Search this
Subject:
Eaton, Charles Warren  Search this
Preston, Georgette  Search this
Perret, Nell  Search this
Pach, Walter  Search this
Neuberger, Roy R.  Search this
Kanaga, Consuelo  Search this
Landgren, Marchal E.  Search this
Gecan, Vilko  Search this
Davidson, Morris  Search this
Caparn, Rhys  Search this
Burliuk, David  Search this
Carnell, Julia Shaw Patterson  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Avery, Sally  Search this
Putnam, Wallace  Search this
Whitney Museum of American Art  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
United States  Search this
Spanish Refugee Aid (Organization)  Search this
Parrish Art Museum  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Lyman Allyn Art Museum  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Ferargil Galleries  Search this
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors  Search this
Dayton Art Institute  Search this
Carnegie Institute  Search this
Heckscher Museum  Search this
Audubon Artists (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Type:
Christmas cards
Photographs
Video recordings
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
4.6 Linear feet
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 4 series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1923-2007 (Box 1; 17 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1930-1979 (Box 1-2; 1.4 linear feet) Series 3: Printed Material, 1927-2005 (Box 2-3; 2 linear feet) Series 4: Photographic Material, 1912-1978 (Box 4-6; 1 linear foot)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Summary:
The papers of modernist painter and printmaker George Constant measure 4.6 linear feet and date from 1912-2007, with the bulk of the material dating from 1932-1978. They consist of biographical material, inventories of artwork, audio interviews and recorded statements on art, personal and business related correspondence, holiday cards, printed material, an exhibition related video recording, and photographs of Constant, his family and friends, and his work. A small portion of the correspondence and printed materials are written in Greek.<br /> Biographical material includes artist statements written and recorded by Constant, two audio interview recordings discussing his philosophies on art and his work, inventories of artwork, personal property deeds and legal correspondence, and other miscellaneous material.<br /> Correspondence is predominantly in the form of business and personal letters, postcards, and holiday cards received from family and friends. These include correspondence from Constant's daughter, Georgette Preston, and extended family members. Other frequent personal correspondents include Milton and Sally Avery, Lewis Balamuth, Margaret Brunning, David Burliuk, Nathaniel Burwash, Rhys Caparn, Julia Shaw Patterson Carnell, Phillip Cavanaugh, Morris Davidson, Charles Eaton, Vilko Gecan, Marchal Landgren, Roy Neuberger, Walter Pach, Nell Perret, Constantine Pougialis, Wallace Putnam and Consuelo Kanaga, Hi Simons, and Helen Slosberg. Business related correspondents include Audubon Artists, Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Institute, Dayton Art Institute, Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, Ferargil Galleries, Guild Hall, Heckscher Museum, Lyman Allyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Spanish Refugee Appeal, and the Whitney Museum. Other business correspondence related to Constant's work with the WPA are also included in the series.<br /> Printed material includes books and booklets on American and Greek art, including a limited print edition of <em>George Constant</em> by George Constant, clippings and articles reviewing Constant's work, exhibition announcements and catalogs of Constant's shows, periodicals profiling his artwork, and dance and theater related programs that Constant consulted on.<br /> Photographs include black and white prints of Constant and his family and friends in St. Louis, Missouri, Dayton, Ohio, and in and around his studio in Shinnecock Hills, New York. The collection also includes photo stills from his 1965 exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum and a comprehensive set of black and white prints, a handful of color prints, and several color slide sheets of Constant's artwork from the 1920s to 1978.
Citation:
George Constant papers, 1912-2007, bulk bulk 1932-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
All of the sound and video recordings in this collection were digitized for research access in 2011 and are available at the Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original cassettes for the archival notations on them, but original cassettes are not available for playback due to fragility.
Funding:
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art
Use Note:
The George Constant papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Biography Note:
Greek American George Zachary Constant (1892-1978) worked from his studios in Shinnecock Hills, and New York City, New York as a painter and printmaker. A founder and lifelong member of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, Constant worked for the Work Projects Administration (WPA) during the Depression and early years of World War II, and exhibited regularly at major galleries and museums from the 1920s to 1970s.
Language Note:
English and Greek English; Greek
Provenance:
The papers of George Constant were donated by the artist in 1969 and 1978. Additional materials were donated in 2001 and 2007 by his daughter Georgette Preston.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art -- Philosophy  Search this
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9389
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211586
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Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211586