Letters and clippings regarding the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1956-1958

Bodin, Paul, b. 1910 d. 1994
Painter
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 20 items (on partial microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Various versions of an open letter to Mr. James Johnson Sweeney, Director, and Trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum sent to the press, urging that Frank Lloyd Wright's spiral ramp design for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's new building at 5th Ave. and 88th St. be reconsidered. The final version was signed by 21 artists.

Also included are a list of publications to which the letter was sent; a response from Harry F. Guggenheim, chairman of the Board of Trustees, to Paul Bodin; eight clippings pertaining to the controversy and the completed design; and a note, "Paul-Use my name It's OK Si".

Artists who signed the letter include: Calvin Albert, Milton Avery, Will Barnet, Paul Bodin, Henry Botkin, Byron Browne, Herman Cherry, George Constant, Willem de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Adolph Gottlieb, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Seymour Lipton, Sally Michel, George L.K. Morris, Robert Motherwell, Charles Schucker, John Sennhauser, Leon P. Smith, Jack Tworkov.

Provenance is unknown; possibly donated by Paul Bodin.

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