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Burgoyne Diller collection of printed material, 1932-1961

Diller, Burgoyne, 1906-1965

Painter

Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet

Summary: Burgoyne Diller's collection of printed material measures 0.2 linear feet and dates from 1932 to 1961. The collection primarily documents Diller's career through printed material consisting of clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs. There is also one letter from the James Gallery dated 1959.

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in New York City in 1906, Burgoyne Diller was brought up in Michigan. He returned to New York in 1926 and studied at the Art Students League from 1928 to 1932. With Hans Hofmann, Diller made his first geometrical paintings in the 1930s, embracing the rigid formulas of Piet Mondrian's "pure plastic art," which included the use of horizontal and vertical lines as well as primary colors. Diller became director of the Mural Division of the New York City Works Progress Administration, Federal Art Project in 1935, and remained in government service until 1941. In 1945, he became associate professor of art at Brooklyn College. Burgoyne Diller died in 1965.

Provenance

The collection was donated in 1982 by Morris Dorsky, chairman of the Brooklyn College Art Department. Diller taught at Brooklyn College from 1946-1963. Presumably the materials were compiled either by Diller, or by someone in the Art Department.

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