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Hillsborough -- Magowan Garden

Former owner:
Pope, George  Search this
Landscape architect:
Church, Thomas Dolliver  Search this
Stafford, Jack Casper, 1921-1998  Search this
Architect:
Wurster, William  Search this
Sculptor:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Provenance:
Hillsborough Garden Club  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Place:
Magowan Garden (Hillsborough, California)
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo County -- Hillsborough
Scope and Contents:
The folder includes a description and worksheet by the GCA researcher and plans of the garden.
General:
"Home was planned and built for the George Pope family in 1933. Pope family were the only owners for 50 years. The garden is thought to be among the first (if not the first) commission for Thomas Church in Hillsborough. The earth was moved by pack mules--the total installation cost $5000.00."
"One enters the property by a bridge over a creek which flows year round. The two story stucco house has a three story tower with a foundation planting, trellises and some original fixtures. Urns aand pots enhance the entry terraces."
The central focus of the front garden is a sunken grass allee bordered by narrow pea gravel paths. Boxwood hedges and elevated flower borders are backed by serpentine hedges. A row of flowering fruit trees define each side of the allee. Perennials are planted in the borders beneath the fruit trees.
A focal point is created at the end of the allee by a sculpture, Balanced and Unbalanced D by Fletcher Benton. Perennial borders flanks both left and right sides of the garden.
Magnificent California live oaks are a feature of the rear garden. A large sunken brick patio is directly off of the living room. Four pollared Plane trees planted in the patio provide shade in the summer and architectural interest in the winter. Beyond is lawn bounded on the left by a curving border of rhododendrons and azaleas. On the right is the swimming pool area separated from the lawn by a boxwood hedge.
A second tier of lawn is surrounded by a natural planting. The eye is carried to a small waterfall pond set in river rock and surrounded by large shade loving plants.
Persons associated with the property include: Thomas Church (landscape architect); Jack Stafford (landscape architect); William Wurster (architect); Fletcher Benton (sculptor).
Related Materials:
George Pope Garden related holdings consist of 1 folder (11 35-mm slides.)
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Gardens -- California -- Hillsborough  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, File CA339
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6b224af5c-b266-438e-9ee5-34985f6b092e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24210

[Magowan Garden]: North garden from terrace.

Sculptor:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Photographer:
Owens, Jane  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
California -- Hillsborough
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo County -- Hillsborough
Date:
1996 Aug. 15.
Local Call Number(s):
12636
General:
The garden is thought to be among the first (if not the first) commission for the Thomas Church in Hillsborough. The earth was moved by a pack of mules and the total installation cost was $5000.00.
Sculpture by Fletcher Benton "Balanced and Unbalanced D".
Vertical slide. See also CA001.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Sunken gardens  Search this
Lawns  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Topiary work  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Walkways, gravel  Search this
Box  Search this
Autumn  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA339001
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA339: Hillsborough -- Magowan Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb60f2b45a9-ae19-47c9-8100-89af953a2c97
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24812

[Magowan Garden]: North garden.

Sculptor:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Photographer:
Owens, Jane  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
Magowan Garden (Hillsborough, California)
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo County -- Hillsborough
Date:
1996 Aug. 15.
Local Call Number(s):
12635
General:
Sculpture by Fletcher Benton "Balanced and Unbalanced D". Vertical slide.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Sunken gardens  Search this
Lawns  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Topiary work  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Walkways, gravel  Search this
Box  Search this
Autumn  Search this
Stairs  Search this
Gardens -- California -- Hillsborough  Search this
Houses  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA339002
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA339: Hillsborough -- Magowan Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6d17ab911-d966-4c63-8e7e-d5ba03f8bfbb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24813

[Magowan Garden]: Spring view of North Garden.

Sculptor:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Photographer:
Owens, Jane  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
California -- Hillsborough
Magowan Garden (Hillsborough, California)
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo County -- Hillsborough
Date:
1997 April 4
Local Call Number(s):
12629
General:
Sculpture by Fletcher Benton "Balanced and Unbalanced D". View of north garden looking north with flowering apple allee.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Walkways, gravel  Search this
Sunken gardens  Search this
Lawns  Search this
Walkways, gravel  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Box  Search this
Topiary work  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Spring  Search this
Allées  Search this
Apples  Search this
Flowering trees  Search this
Gardens -- California -- Hillsborough  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA339003
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA339: Hillsborough -- Magowan Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6a696ee74-6e91-49fd-9012-cb4aca5bc0e4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24814

[Magowan Garden]: Sculpture and treillage.

Sculptor:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Photographer:
Owens, Jane  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
California -- Hillsborough
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo County -- Hillsborough
Date:
1997 Apr. 4
Local Call Number(s):
12633
General:
Focal point of north garden. Sculpture by Fletcher Benton "Balanced and Unbalanced D". Vertical slide.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA339005
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA339: Hillsborough -- Magowan Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb60ba8efb7-0ab8-409d-8f84-8464d37db9b3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24816

[Magowan Garden]: Sculpture and treillage.

Sculptor:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Photographer:
Owens, Jane  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
California -- Hillsborough
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo County -- Hillsborough
Date:
1997 Apr. 4.
Local Call Number(s):
12634
General:
Finials of rear treillage visible. North view Sculpture by Fletcher Benton "Balanced and Unbalanced D". Vertical slide.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Finials  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Box  Search this
Walkways, gravel  Search this
Spring  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA339006
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA339: Hillsborough -- Magowan Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6c95a29f0-2e74-4658-a70b-aa4752eec766
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24817

[Magowan Garden]: North Garden.

Sculptor:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Photographer:
Owens, Jane  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
California -- Hillsborough
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo County -- Hillsborough
Date:
1996 Aug. 15.
Local Call Number(s):
12630
General:
Border in north garden, boxwood hedges. Vertical slide.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Garden borders  Search this
Perennials  Search this
Hedges  Search this
Box  Search this
Autumn  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA339007
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA339: Hillsborough -- Magowan Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb686f25b27-1340-4c43-a8ca-ef3c5215983a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24818

[Magowan Garden]: North garden at seating area.

Sculptor:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Photographer:
Owens, Jane  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
California -- Hillsborough
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo County -- Hillsborough
Date:
1996, Aug. 15.
Local Call Number(s):
12627
General:
North garden at northeast end seating area with birdbath and bench.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Sculpture  Search this
Birdbaths  Search this
Settees  Search this
Outdoor furniture  Search this
Autumn  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA339008
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA339: Hillsborough -- Magowan Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6772d7f53-07d4-45c3-a7a9-e3a40240dae1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24819

[Magowan Garden]

Sculptor:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Photographer:
Owens, Jane  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
California -- Hillsborough
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo County -- Hillsborough
Date:
1996 Aug.
Local Call Number(s):
12625
General:
South garden, south end, second tier of lawn, natural planting. Waterfall pond set in river rock.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Ponds  Search this
Rocks  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Naturalized plantings  Search this
Autumn  Search this
Birds -- Design elements  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA339010
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA339: Hillsborough -- Magowan Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6c06890f5-2ffd-4dd6-8035-b09b9ab81e8e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24821

[Magowan Garden]

Sculptor:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Photographer:
Owens, Jane  Search this
Collection Creator:
Garden Club of America  Search this
Extent:
1 Slide (col., 35mm)
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Place:
California -- Hillsborough
United States of America -- California -- San Mateo County -- Hillsborough
Date:
1996 Aug.
Local Call Number(s):
12631, 12632
General:
Closeup of pond with Heron sculpture. Vertical slide.
Collection Restrictions:
Access to original archival materials by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Certain items may be restricted and not available to researchers. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Collection Rights:
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: aag@si.edu.
Topic:
Ponds  Search this
Rocks  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Naturalized plantings  Search this
Autumn  Search this
Birds -- Design elements  Search this
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, The Garden Club of America collection.
Identifier:
AAG.GCA, Item CA339011
See more items in:
The Garden Club of America collection
The Garden Club of America collection / Series 1: United States Garden Images / California / CA339: Hillsborough -- Magowan Garden
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Gardens
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kb6b2ca6ce1-9108-46a7-b2fc-984c288283a8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aag-gca-ref24822

Fletcher Benton papers

Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Names:
André Emmerich Gallery  Search this
Galerie Denino  Search this
Bury, Pol, 1922-2005  Search this
De Wilde, Dan  Search this
Finn, David  Search this
Jones, Lillian E.  Search this
Louchheim, Marlene  Search this
Lucie-Smith, Edward  Search this
Marquand, Ed  Search this
Neubert, George W.  Search this
Rickey, George  Search this
Sanders, Pieter  Search this
Tooker, Dan  Search this
Valentine, De Wain, 1936-2022  Search this
Wilke, Ulfert, 1907-1987  Search this
Extent:
8.7 Linear feet
1.47 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Interviews
Motion pictures (visual works)
Drawings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Photographs
Christmas cards
Date:
1934-2014
Summary:
The papers of sculptor and painter Fletcher Benton measure 8.2 linear feet and 1.47 GB and date from 1934 to 2014. They document his career as a sculptor with international presence through certificates, personal photographs, legal papers, correspondence, exhibition and commission documentation, clippings, exhibition-related printed materials, broadcast materials, publications about his work, an editioned kinetic Christmas card, and photographs, sound and video recordings, and motion picture film documenting his work and career.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of sculptor and painter Fletcher Benton measure 8.2 linear feet and 1.47 GB and date from 1934 to 2014. They document his career through personal photographs, legal papers, correspondence, exhibition and commission documentation, clippings, exhibition-related printed materials, broadcast materials, publications about his work, an editioned kinetic Christmas card, photographs, sound and video recordings motion picture film, some of which also appears in digitized form.

Biographical Materials include personal photographs, legal documents related to a court case with book designer Ed Marquand, biographical texts, interview transcripts, and a home video made by the artist. Correspondence is with other artists, friends, galleries, museums and other institutions, including George W. Neubert, André Emmerich Gallery, Pieter Sanders, Pol Bury, George Rickey, Ulfert Wilke, Marlene Louchheim, DeWain Valentine, Lillian E. Jones, and Edward Lucie-Smith. Interviews include sound recordings of interviews with Benton by academics and journalists, including Edward Lucie-Smith, Dan Tooker, and Dan De Wilde.

Exhibition and Commission Files consist of correspondence with galleries, museums and commission patrons; financial records; shipping and subcontracting documentation; motion picture film, video, and sound recordings related to exhibitions and installations; and planning and design materials. Series includes a significant amount of oversized drawings and plans for site-specific work. There is a large volume documentation from the Folded Circle-Arc commission by Stanley Consultants, Inc. in Muscatine, Iowa; the California/International Arts Foundation Traveling Sculpture Exhibition; Double Folded Circle Ring in Brussels and Double Circle Folded by Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Printed Materials include news clippings related to Benton's career, as well as brochures, exhibition catalogs, posters and other printed materials related to exhibitions and commissions. Broadcast materials include television news footage, radio and television interviews, documentaries, and promotional materials made by galleries and other cultural institutions.

Photographic and Moving Image Materials include art-related images showing Benton in his studio and images of exhibitions, installations and inaugurations. Also found are still photographs and motion picture films of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, and kinetic drawings, and a series of photographs of sculptures taken by David Finn.

Artwork consists of an editioned art Christmas card created by Benton for Galeria Bonino in New York from 1969. An American Artist Moving Image Materials consist of 13 videocassettes (VHS) which document the production process of the documentaryFletcher Benton: An American Artist by Morgan Cavett. There is footage from interviews with Benton and with curator George W. Neubert, footage of San Francisco with comments from Benton about his time there, interviews with the artist's studio assistants, images of his studio in Dore street and a couple of almost finished rough versions of the documentary.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as nine series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material (0.3 linear feet; boxes 1, 9)

Series 2: Correspondence (1 linear foot; boxes 1, 2, OV 10)

Series 3: Interviews (0.3 linear feet; box 2)

Series 4: Exhibition and Commission Files (2 linear feet, 0.50 GB; boxes 2-4, OV 11-13, RD 14, FC 15, ER01)

Series 5: Printed Materials (2.3 linear feet; boxes 4-6, OV 10)

Series 6: Broadcast Materials (1.1 linear foot; boxes 6-7)

Series 7: Photographic and Moving Image Materials (0.5 linear feet, 0.97 GB; boxes 7, 9, FC 16-17, ER02)

Series 8: Artwork (1 item; box 7)

Series 9: -- An American Artist -- Video Recordings (0.6 linear feet; boxes 7-8)
Biographical / Historical:
Fletcher Benton was born in Jackson, Ohio in 1931 to Fletcher and Nell Cavett Benton and was the oldest of three children. Benton graduated from Jackson High School in 1949. After serving in the Navy he graduated from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1956 and moved to San Francisco, where he started working as an instructor at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1959. He was in San Francisco during the flourishing of the Beat generation, where he had a studio in the North beach area and exhibited at coffee house galleries.

After travelling around Europe in 1960, Benton moved to New York City where he tried to make his living through painting and teaching privately. During those years he was supported by Jackson's local arts patron and family friend, Lillian E. Jones. In 1960 he had his first solo exhibition at Gump's gallery in San Francisco, but his work was taken down after one day because it was considered obscene for including female nudes. He returned to San Francisco in late 1961.

In 1966 Fletcher started teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute and established himself as a primary figure of American kinetic art. In 1966, Peter Selz included his work in the exhibition Directions in Kinetic Sculpture at the University Art Gallery in Berkeley, CA. During the exhibition Benton met the artists Pol Bury and George Rickey with whom he became friends. The exhibition, along with an article "The Movement Movement" that appeared in Time magazine the same year, established Benton's reputation as a significant American Kinetic artist. He also started teaching at the California State University in San José in 1967 where he continued working until 1986.

By 1974 Benton abandoned kinetic art to continue exploring sculpture in three dimensions in a style that became known as "new constructivism." The artworks were conceived in the series Folded Circles and Folded Square Alphabets and were produced in bronze, aluminum and steel. It was also during the 1970s that he started doing large-scale commissions such as the 1977 IBM commission.

Between 1981 and 1984 Benton constructed his studio in Dore Street in the Market district of San Francisco where he continues to work today. During the 1980s Benton started his Balanced/Unbalanced series, which introduced the idea of gravity using geometric forms in different formats and sizes.

From 1984 he began to show more work in Europe, especially in Germany, where in 1993 he got a major commission to create a colossal public sculpture in Cologne entitled Steel Watercolor Triangle Ring. It was also in Germany where Benton encountered the work of Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich, and he began work on his Construct Relief series in reponse, which he dedicated to Kandinsky. These geometric constructions are flat, canvas-like steel structures that combine features of painting and sculpture. As the series evolved, the work became more like painting, constructed to hang on the wall without a back piece, so they seem to be floating in the space.

Benton continues to live and work in San Francisco and is represented by multiple galleries in the United States and Germany.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Fletcher Benton conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom, 1989 May 2-4 is available on the Archives of American Art website.
Provenance:
Donated 2005-2006 and 2014 by Fletcher Benton. Benton's wife, Bobbie Benton, organized the material by subject matter and date.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Topic:
Artists' studios -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Motion pictures (visual works)
Drawings
Video recordings
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Photographs
Christmas cards
Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.bentflet
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Fletcher Benton papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9951bf858-723f-4f17-804b-fc250edde964
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bentflet

U

Collection Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1974-1982
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Fletcher Benton papers
Fletcher Benton papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw96c224243-e20b-4a5c-ab0c-f860bf0a4177
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bentflet-ref100

University of Arizona

Collection Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980-1989
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Fletcher Benton papers
Fletcher Benton papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98749861b-f1ea-4d38-9a07-1cabb0c8b0c3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bentflet-ref101

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Collection Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983-1993
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Fletcher Benton papers
Fletcher Benton papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9d2bff72f-56e5-4780-ac54-ff1cbc7c3a84
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bentflet-ref102

V

Collection Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 14
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980-2011
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Fletcher Benton papers
Fletcher Benton papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw92a72560a-f73c-41ec-9312-938c04f99636
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bentflet-ref103

W

Collection Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 15
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1972-1994
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Fletcher Benton papers
Fletcher Benton papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9465d9102-196d-4d59-8cd2-5d274867bb6a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bentflet-ref104

Frederick R. Weisman

Collection Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 16
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1986-1990
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Fletcher Benton papers
Fletcher Benton papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw916b052e0-0237-415d-a7ac-770e58bef41d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bentflet-ref105

Ulfert Wilke

Collection Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 17
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1981-1982
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Fletcher Benton papers
Fletcher Benton papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b5befcd9-0a53-4b3b-83ab-5a9867c7db0e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bentflet-ref106

Yares Gallery

Collection Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 18
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1983-1985
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Fletcher Benton papers
Fletcher Benton papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90caea15b-f73e-453f-9bbc-7c234de5a070
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bentflet-ref107

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Collection Creator:
Benton, Fletcher, 1931-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1985-1986
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual material without a duplicate copy requires advanced notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Fletcher Benton papers, 1934-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Fletcher Benton papers
Fletcher Benton papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ad831835-e554-4040-a684-a3d84f77aaa6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-bentflet-ref108

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