Reginald Johnson papers, 1921-1956

Johnson, Reginald, b. 1905

Collection size: 2 microfilm reels.

Collection Summary: 5 oversize scrapbooks (ca. 100 pages each) containing newspaper clippings pertaining primarily to California artists and the Southern California art scene from ca. 1929-1955. The majority of the clippings are from the Los Angeles Times with reviews by Arthur Millier; other sources include the Christian Science Monitor and Art Digest. The scrapbooks as well as additional loose clippings include multiple articles and references to the following artists: Maxine Albro, George Biddle, George Brandriff, Rex Brandt, Conrad Buff, Tom Craig, Charles Crocker, Salvador Dali, Phil Dike, Lorser Feitelson, Charles Kassler, Emil Kosa, Maurice Logan, Helen Lundeberg, Dan Lutz, Fletcher Martin, Barse Miller, Paul Sample, Millard Sheets, Edouard Vysekal, Max Wieczorek and Milford Zornes among others. Also included are reviews of exhibitions of the California Watercolor Society, the Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture at the Los Angeles (County) Museum, exhibitions of the Department of Fine Arts of the Los Angeles County Fair, and exhibitions held at the Foundation of Western Art. In addition the clippings contained in Scrapbook 2. (ca. 1934) record the activities of various federally sponsored art projects in Southern California under the aegis of PWAP, TRAP and SERA. Other items include ca. 20 portrait drawings of entainers and filmstars by Johnson and memorabilia.

Biographical/Historical Note: Architect; Los Angeles, California.

Lent for microfilming 1986 by Millard Sheets, who was contacted after Johnson's death due to the many references in the papers on Sheets. Sheets was Johnson's friend, but was unaware of the fact that he was interested in art and had followed all the exhibitions, including many of hers, during his lifetime.

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