John McLaughlin papers, 1922-1979

McLaughlin, John, b. 1898 d. 1976
Active in Dana Point, Calif.

Collection size: 3.3 linear ft. (on 4 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: REELS 1410-1413: Biographical information; business correspondence; personal correspondence with Eugene Anderson, Karl Benjamin, Frederick Hammersley, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Ad Reinhardt, and others; writings and notes about McLaughlin's work and philosophy; sketches and models; business papers concerning McLaughlin's Japanese print gallery, "The Tokaido," and McLaughlin's art career; files on McLaughlin's 1968 retrospective at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; personal photographs and photos of art works; exhibition catalogs and publicity; and miscellany.

ADDITION: Photographs of exhibition installations for several shows, 1963-1974; a few photographs of art work; portrait photographs of McLaughlin; and exhibition catalogs and brochures.

Biographical/Historical Note: Abstract painter and art dealer; Dana Point, Californa. McLaughlin was born and educated in Massachusetts. His extensive travels in China and Japan later were an important influence in his work as a dealer and in his art. Due to his knowledge of Japanese, he was recruited in the Marines as an intelligence officer with the rank of Second Lieutenant, and later was a language interpretor in the Army, 1941-1945. After the war, he settled in Dana Point. His painting, Hope Deferred, was the first abstract painting to win first prize for oil painting in the San Diego Art Guild Annual. McLaughlin was a leading figure in the Southern California geometric abstraction "movement," and was included in the historic 1959 exhibition Four Abstract Classicists organized by Jules Langsner, where the term "hard-edge painting" was first used.

Material on reels 1410-1413 donated 1973 by McLaughlin and in 1976 by his widow, Florence. Additional papers donated 1998 and 1999 by McLaughlin's nephew, John.

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