Sidney Simon papers, 1917-2002, bulk 1940-1997

Simon, Sidney, b. 1917 d. 1997
Painter, Sculptor
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 60 items
9.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical information, personal and business correspondence, project files, writings, works of art, photographs, video and audio recordings, and printed material regarding Sidney Simon's career as as sculptor and art instructor.

10 official World War II sketchbooks done in the Pacific; 3 photograph albums of war drawings and paintings; a scrapbook; exhibition notices and catalogs; and official war reports and memoranda.

Biographical material includes Simon's resumes, awards, and eulogy. Correspondence with galleries, Xavier Gonzalez and Paul Resika. Letters to Simon from Benny Andrews, Julian Levi, Helen Frankenthaler, Anna Poor, Harold Tovish, Varujan Boghosian, Yvonne Jacquette, Bill King and William Bailey, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture regarding Simon's resignation from the board.

Project files include Downstate Medical Center, West Point Jewish Chapel, and Four Seasons fountain at World Wide Plaza in New York City, as well as (some formerly classified) material pertaining to the United States Department of War, War Art Unit, and Southwest Pacific Theatre that include memoranda, agendas, telegrams, correspondence from George Biddle, Frede Vidar, and Forbes Watson, and transcripts of the artists experiences as a war artist. Writings include Simon's diary, lectures, and talks. Works of art include sketchbooks and loose sketches, many for mural projects.

Photographs are of Simon taken by Richard Pousette-Dart, Budd Brothers studios, Bernard Gotfryd, and Blair Resika and others, photographs of family, friends and members of the Long Point Gallery, works of art, installations and Simon's studio. Video and audio recordings consisting of four videos, 3 VHS and 1 8mm, of Simon's retrospective exhibition at Provincetown Art Museum, 1995, 6 audio cassette recordings and 5 audio CDs of Simon's lectures at Skowhegan. Printed material including exhibition catalogs, announcements and price lists and newspaper clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note: Sidney Simon (1917-1997) was a painter and sculptor from New York, N.Y.

Material on Reel D210 lent for microfilming 1965 by Sidney Simon. Unmicrofilmed papers donated in 2009 by Renee Simon, Simon's widow.

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