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Maxine Kim Stussy papers, circa 1930-2018, bulk 1956-1999

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Stussy, Maxine Kim, 1923-2020  Search this
Stussy, Jan  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles  Search this
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Physical Description:
2.7 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as seven series. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1957-2001 0.1 Linear feet (Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1957-2001 0.1 Linear feet (Box 1) Series 3: Writings, circa 1940-2009 0.1 Linear feet (Box 1) Series 4: Professional Files, circa 1958-2018 0.1 Linear feet (Box 1) Series 5: Printed Materials, circa 1957-2017 0.3 Linear feet (Box 1, 4) Series 6: Scrapbooks, circa 1956-1986 0.1 Linear feet (Box 4) Series 7: Photographic Material, circa 1930-2018 2 Linear feet (Boxes 1-4)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The papers of sculptor Maxine Kim Stussy measure 2.7 linear feet and date from circa 1930-2018, bulk 1956-1999. Included is biographical material; a transcript of an interview of Stussy conducted by Gregory Cloud, May 12, 1972; transparencies, photographs, negatives and slides of works of art, Maxine Kim Stussy, Jan Stussy and others; writings by Maxine and Jan; printed material; scrapbook pages; lists of works of art and price lists; exhibition planning documents; and correspondence.
Maxine Kim Stussy papers, circa 1930-2018, bulk 1956-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Jan Stussy papers, 1943-1989.
Biography Note:
Maxine Kim Stussy (1923-2020) was a native Los Angeles modernist sculptor and painter. Stussy studied at University of California, Los Angeles, earning her B.A. in 1947. During her studies at UCLA she met painter Jan Stussy whom she married in 1949. The couple often exhibited together in the late 1950s and 60s. Her sculptural work is comprised of many forms of materials ranging from ceramic to wood, bronze, and wood cast in bronze. She created an enormous body of work, with subjects including horses, abstract figures and towering human figures over six feet tall. Over the past sixty years, Stussy exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the United States and in Europe, such as the Esther Robles Gallery and Ceeje Gallery. In addition to her fine arts, Stussy also wrote poetry. In 1982, she married her long-time friend Raymond Frankel, Jr. They moved to New York for 16 years before returning to Los Angeles where she continued her artistic pursuits. Maxine Kim Stussy passed away in March of 2020.
Language Note:
English .
Donated in 1977 by Maxine Stussy. 84 of the slides of her art work were donated in 1985 by her ex-husband, Jan Stussy, with his papers. Additional material donated in 2022 by Belinda Frankel, Maxine's stepdaughter.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
American poetry  Search this
Animals in art  Search this
Women  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art