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George Sugarman papers, 1912-2001

Sugarman, George, 1912-1999

Painter, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 12.22 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter and sculptor George Sugarman measure 12.22 linear feet and date from 1912 to 2001, with the bulk of the material dating from 1959 to 1999. The collection documents Sugarman's career as a sculptor primarily through correspondence, project files, exhibition files, writings, and photographs. The collection also includes address and appointment books, business and financial records, printed material, audio and video recordings, and one motion picture film.

Biographical/Historical Note

George Sugarman (1912-1999) was a sculptor and painter from New York, New York. Sugarman studied sculpture with Zadkine in Paris. He received the second prize for sculpture at the 1961 Pittsburgh International, and was one of the sculptors selected to represent the United States at the Sao Paulo Biennal in 1963. In 1960, Sugarman became a teacher in the graduate school at Hunter College in New York City.


In 1970, George Sugarman lent papers for microfilming (reels N70-50-51). In 1980 and 1983, Sugarman he donated portions of the material previously lent, along with additional material. More additions were received in 1999 and 2000 by the Arden Sugarman, Sugarman's neice. The collection was processed in 2003 with funding provided by the Judith Rothschild Foundation. In 2006, the Sugarman Foundation via Arden Sugarman donated the audio and video recordings and additional papers in 2016.

Related Materials

The transcript and audiotapes of an interview with George Sugarman conducted by Paul Cummings in 1974 for the Archives of American Art's Oral History Program is available at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Language Note

Szeemann typescript is in German.

Location of Originals

  • Reel N70-50 (part)-N70-51: Originals returned to the lender, George Sugarman, after microfilming.