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Stanley Twardowicz papers, 1942-2009, bulk, 1942-1981

Stanley Twardowicz papers, 1942-2009, bulk, 1942-1981

Twardowicz, Stanley, 1917-2008

Painter, Photographer

Collection Information

Size: 1.1 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Stanley Twardowicz (1917-2008) was a painter and photographer in Huntington, N.Y. Twardowicz associated with the Beat Generation writers and 1950s Abstract Expressionist movement. His widow, Lillian Dodson, is a ceramicist.


Donated 2010 by Lillian Dodson, Twardowicz's widow.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of painter and photographer Stanley Twardowicz measure 1.1 linear feet and date from 1942-2009, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1942-1981. The papers contain biographical material, scrapbooks, letters, writings, printed material, photographs, and audio and video recordings regarding the career of Stanley Twardowicz as a painter and photographer.

Biographical material consists of various curriculum vitae, a list of exhibitions and awards from 1942-1954, typed excerpts from reviews of Twardowicz's one-man shows at Contemporary Arts Gallery during 1951 and a 2008 writing by Gerald Nicosi which describes his relationship with Twardowicz.

Writings include an unpublished hand-written 70 page memoir by Twardowicz entitled "A Life with No Tears" covering the artist's early years through 1970, and a master's thesis "Stanley Twardowicz, Tracing the Roots of an American Modernist" by Kim Greer Verzyl written in 1978.

Scrapbooks are two disbound volumes organized by years. They contain the artist's collection of exhibition announcements, catalogues, and lists; press clippings; letters advising of awards and fellowships; and Ohio State Fair ribbons for excellence in fine art.

Chronological files existed in the artist's records and retain their original organization. Of particular interest is the 1956 letter advising Twardowicz that he has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Creative Painting and two photocopies of drawings of Twardowicz by an unidentified artist. The files include exhibition announcements, catalogues and lists, press clippings, and letters from associates and institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Exhibition catalogues are from galleries in Rome, Italy and San Paulo, Brazil as well as local galleries and institutions.

Photographs include pictures of the artist and ones taken by Twardowicz, whose photographs are part of the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. Twardowicz's photographs are of Roy Lichtenstein, David Smith, Jules Olitski, Roy Parker, Mike Kanemitsu, Betty Parsons, Lillian Dodson (the artist's wife), and Jack Kerouac. There also is a photograph by Dorothy Lichtenstein of Twardowicz, Parker, Dodson and Roy Lichtenstein. There also are casual snapshots of the artist and friends and family.

The donor, Lilian Dodson, has retained copyright to materials created by Twardowicz. AAA has been given a non-exclusive license to reproduce and display.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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