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Philip Stein papers regarding David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1933-2012

Philip Stein papers regarding David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1933-2012

Stein, Philip, 1919-2009

Muralist, Painter

Collection Information

Size: 4.1 linear feet

Summary: The papers of muralist, writer, and activist Philip Stein regarding the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros measure 4.1 linear feet and date from 1933 to 2012. The papers reflect Stein's relationship with Siqueiros as an art assistant and their shared commitment to leftist politics. Much of the material relates to Stein's book, "Siqueiros, His Life and Work," (1994) and his first book, "The Mexican Murals," (1984). Found are research materials, correspondence, interviews, printed material, photographic materials, video and film recordings, writings about and by David Alfaro Siqueiros, and materials concerning Stein as a painter.

Biographical/Historical Note

Artist, author, and political activist, Philip Stein (1919-2009), also called "Estano," lived and worked in New York City, Mexico, and Spain. Stein worked as painter and muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros' assistant and published the biography, "Siqueiros: His Life and Works," 1994.

Provenance

Donated 2015 by Anne Stein, Philip Stein's daughter.

A Finding Aid to the Philip Stein Papers Regarding David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1933-2012, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Harriet E. Shapiro
Biographical/Historical note
Artist, author and political activist, Philip Stein (1919-2009), also called "Estano," lived and worked in New York City, Mexico, and Spain. Stein worked as an assistant to muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros. Both men were committed to the Mexican Mural School of new-realism, painting exterior murals rather than easel paintings so art could be public and directed to the masses.
Stein was born in Newark, New Jersey and was a mostly self-taught artist, occasionally studying at local art schools. He served in the armed forces during World War II as a meteorologist, seeing action throughout Europe. After the war, he moved to California to paint movie sets. In 1948, Stein and his wife Gertrude moved to Mexico where he studied art on the GI Bill at The School of Fine Arts of San Miguel de Allende. There he met Siqueiros, an ardent communist, who had attempted to assasinate Leon Trotsky. Stein worked with Siqueiros on several murals in Mexico until Siqueiros' death in 1974.
Between 1953 and 1993 Stein occasionally exhibited in Mexico, New York City and Spain. One of Stein's best known murals is at the Village Vanguard club in New York City. His biography of Siqueiros,
Siqueiros, His Life and Work
was published in 1994. Stein died at home in Manhattan in 2009 at age 90.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged in 7 series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1934-2010 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Interviews, 1977-1994 (0.1 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 3: Writings, 1937-2006 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
Series 4: Subject Files and Research Files, 1933-2009 (0.6 linear feet;Boxes 2-3)
Series 5: Printed Material, 1949-2009 (0.7 linear feet; Boxes 2-3,5)
Series 6: Photographic Materials, 1933-2005 ( 0.5 linear Feet; Boxes 3-4)
Series 7: Sound, Video and Film Recorings, circa 1967-2012 (1.3 linear feet; Box 3, 4, FC 6-9)
Scope and Contents note
The papers of muralist, writer, and activist Philip Stein regarding the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros measure 4.1 linear feet and date from 1933 to 2012. The papers reflect Stein's relationship with Siqueiros as an art assistant and their shared commitment to leftist politics. Much of the material relates to Stein's book
Siqueiros, His Life and Work
(1994) and his first book
The Mexican Murals
(1984). Found are research materials, correspondence, interviews, printed material, photographic materials, video and film recordings, writings about and by David Alfaro Siqueiros, and materials concerning Stein as a painter.
Provenance
Donated 2015 by Anne Stein, Philip Stein's daughter.
Processing Information note
This collection was processed and a finding aid prepared in 2015 by Harriet E. Shapiro. Motion picture film reels were inspected and re-housed in 2016 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original material requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Philip Stein papers regarding David Alfaro Siqueiros, 1933-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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