Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973

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American artist; co-founder of the Synchromism movement.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [postmarked Santa Monica], to Morgan Russell, 1929 Aug. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270606816

Painter; Los Angeles, California.

From the description of Oral history interview with Stanton Macdonald-Wright, 1967 May 26 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81393723

"Noted American painter Stanton Macdonald-Wright ... was hired to paint a series of murals for the Santa Monica Public Library under the federal government's Public Works of Art Project, predecessor to the WPA Federal Art Project. ... Macdonald-Wright went on to be director of the Southern California Federal Art Project in the late 1930s."--Description provided by Almagre Books.

From the description of [Stanton Macdonald-Wright album of original sketches and related materials for the Santa Monica Public Library mural, sponsored by the Public Works of Art Project, 1934.] [1934-1935] (San Diego State University Library). WorldCat record id: 180935821

Painter Macdonald-Wright was Morgan Russell's sales agent and benefactor as well as his friend.

From the description of Stanton Macdonald-Wright letters to Morgan Russell, 1913-1938. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123373517

Painter; Los Angeles, Calif.

From the description of Oral history interview with Stanton Macdonald-Wright, 1964 Apr. 13-Sept. 16 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123430319

From the description of Stanton Macdonald-Wright collection, 1940-1950. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122502770

American artist.

From the description of A treatise on color, 1924. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 420543647

Macdonald-Wright was a painter. The Leslies are art collectors in Palm Springs, Calif. They collected Macdonald-Wright's paintings and were close friends of the Macdonald-Wrights during the last seven years of the artists' life.

From the description of Stanton Macdonald-Wright letters to Alan and Fanny Leslie, 1968-1976. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82844435

Painter; Los Angeles, Calif.

Macdonald-Wright was a pioneer of chromatic abstraction. Born July 8, 1890 in Charlottesville, Va., he moved to Santa Monica, Calif. in 1909. He studied in France from 1907-1916, where he met artist Morgan Russell, with whom he developed a close working relationship and developed Synchromism. Macdonald-Wright returned to New York in 1916, and moved to Santa Monica in 1916, where he taught and exhibited widely. From 1935 to 1942 he served as director of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project for Southern California, which was followed by a faculty position at UCLA and extended visits to Hawaii, Italy, and Japan. He died in 1973. Macdonald-Wright's brother, Willard Huntington Wright, was the author of Modern Painting: Its Tendency and Meaning (1915) and the Future of Painting (1923), turning later to mystery writing under the name S.S. Van Dine.

From the description of Stanton Macdonald-Wright papers, 1907-1973. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122333495

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Oral history interview with Peter Agostini, 1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lemoine, Jean Gabriel, b. 1891. Jean Gabriel Lemoine material relating to Morgan Russell, 1921-1923, 1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Holger Cahill Papers, 1907-1983, 1942-1959 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Hess, Leta English, 1921-. Charles and Leta English Hess papers, 1895-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Rose Fried Gallery (New York, N.Y.). Rose Fried Gallery records, 1944-1971. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Winston, Lydia, 1897-. Lydia Winston Malbin papers, 1891-1997 (bulk 1938-1997). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973. Stanton Macdonald-Wright papers, 1907-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Alvarez, Mabel, 1891-1985. Mabel Alvarez papers, 1898-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Loughery, John. S. S. Van Dine photograph collection [manuscript], f1920-1940. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Jeakins, Dorothy. Dorothy Jeakins interview, 1964 June 19 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Starr, Nina Howell, 1903-2000. Nina Howell Starr papers, 1938-1996. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mattox, Charles, 1910-. Oral history interview with Charles Mattox, 1964 Apr. 9. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Crawford, Jack. Federal Art Project Artists [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973,. Oral history interview with Stanton Macdonald-Wright, 1967 May 26 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Blazek, Anton James, 1902-1974. Oral history interview with Anton Blazek, 1965 Apr. 13. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mattox, Charles, 1910-. Charles Mattox interview, 1964 Apr. 9 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Warner, Keith, 1895-1959. Keith Warner papers, 1935-1975. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Weeks, Henry John. Henry John Weeks papers, 1965-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Russell, Morgan, 1886-1953. Morgan Russell archives and collection, 1884, 1908-1959. Montclair Art Museum
referencedIn Bothwell, Dorr,. Oral history interview with Dorr Bothwell, 1965 Feb. 27 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Robles, Esther. Esther Robles interviews, 1981 Aug. 24-Aug. 31. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Homer, William Innes. William Innes Homer papers, 1938-1980. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Correspondence concerning Arthur B. Davies, 1967-1975. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960. Holger Cahill Papers, 1907-1983, bulk (1942-1959). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Sample, Paul, 1896-1974. Paul Sample interview, 1971 Oct. 10. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Sample, Paul, 1896-1974. Oral history interview with Paul Sample, 1971 Oct. 10. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Jean Gabriel Lemoine papers relating to Morgan Russell, 1921-1923, 1964 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf Byers, Margery. Margery Byers papers, 1962. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Van Dine, S. S. Papers of S. S. Van Dine [manuscript], 1899-1978 (bulk 1899-1939). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Danysh, Joseph A., 1906-. Joseph A. Danysh interview, 1964 Dec. 3. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973. Stanton MacDonald Wright : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Microfilm of the Morgan Russell papers, 1891-1977 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Stussy, Jan, 1921-1990. Jan Stussy papers, 1950-1985. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Langsner, Jules, 1911-1967. Jules Langsner papers, 1938-1974. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Langsner, Jules, 1911-1967. Jules Langsner papers, circa 1910-1998, bulk, 1950-1967. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Gravlee, Dianne. Dianne Gravlee research notes concerning the Federal Art Project in California, [undated]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975,. Oral history interview with Thomas Hart Benton, 1973 July 23-24 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975. Thomas Hart Benton interviews, 1973 July 23-July 24. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe archive, 1728-1986. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Chanin, Arnold,. Photographs of Southern California artists / Arnold Chanin, photographer, 1969-2007. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Adams, Clinton, 1918-2002. Oral history interview with Clinton Adams, 1974 Mar. 29. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Robles, Esther. Oral history interview with Esther Robles, 1981 Aug. 24-31. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Cherry, Herman. Herman Cherry interview, 1965 Sept. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Liebman, Aline Meyer, 1879-1966. Aline Meyer Liebman papers, 1906-1978. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Houk, Walter. Walter Houk letters from Stanton Macdonald-Wright, 1945-1955. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Cherry, Herman,. Oral history interview with Herman Cherry, 1965 Sept [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973. A treatise on color, 1924. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Peter Agostini interview, 1968 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973. [Stanton Macdonald-Wright album of original sketches and related materials for the Santa Monica Public Library mural, sponsored by the Public Works of Art Project, 1934.] San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
creatorOf Labaudt, Lucien, 1880-1943. Lucien and Marcelle Labaudt papers, 1896-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Bisttram, Emil, 1895-1976. Emil J. Bisttram papers, 1902-1982. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Brigante, Nicholas P., 1895-1989. Nicholas Brigante interview, 1964 May 25. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Tortue Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.). Tortue Gallery letters, 1971-1974. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973. Stanton Macdonald-Wright letters to Morgan Russell, 1913-1938. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf McLaughlin, John, 1898-1976. John McLaughlin papers, 1936-1979. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe archive, 1728-1986 (bulk 1880-1986). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Agostini, Peter. Peter Agostini interview, 1968 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973. Stanton Macdonald-Wright collection, 1940-1950. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lydia Winston Malbin papers, 1891-1997, 1938-1997 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Mabel Alvarez papers, 1898-1987 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Adams, Clinton, 1918-2002,. Oral history interview with Clinton Adams, 1995 Aug. 2-3 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn MacDonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973,. Oral history interview with Stanton Macdonald-Wright, 1964 Apr. 13-Sept. 16 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Russell, Morgan, 1886-1953. Morgan Russell papers, 1891-1977. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wright, Stanton Macdonald, 1890- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Jules Langsner papers, circa 1910s-1998, bulk 1950-1967 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Reiss, Roland, 1929-. Oral history interview with Roland Reiss, 1997 Aug.-1999 June [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Danysh, Joseph A., 1906-. Oral history interview with Joseph A. Danysh, 1964 Dec. 3. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Brigante, Nicholas P., 1895-1989. Nicholas Brigante papers, 1923-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1993. Adelyn Dohme Breeskin papers, 1934-1978. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Birren, Faber, 1900-1988. Faber Birren papers, 1924-1968. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Macdonald-Wright, Stanton : Biographical file. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
creatorOf Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975. Thomas Hart Benton papers, 1906-1975. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lemoine, Jean Gabriel, b. 1891. Jean Gabriel Lemoine material relating to Morgan Russell, 1921-1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Blazek, Anton James, 1902-1974. Anton Blazek interview, 1965 Apr. 13. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Quinn, John, 1870-1924. John Quinn ledgers, 1909-1924. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Jeakins, Dorothy,. Oral history interview with Dorothy Jeakins, 1964 June 19 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Brigante, Nicholas P., 1895-1989,. Oral history interview with Nicholas Brigante, 1964 May 25 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Daniel Gallery. Daniel Gallery exhibition catalogs, [undated] and 1916-1921. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Saltman, Molly, 1915-. Molly Saltman "Art and Artists" interviews, 1965-1966. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973. Stanton Macdonald-Wright letters to Alan and Fanny Leslie, 1968-1976. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Wong, Tyrus,. Oral history interview with Tyrus Wong, 1965 Jan. 30 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Lemoine, Jean Gabriel, b. 1891. Jean Gabriel Lemoine material relating to Morgan Russell, 1921-1923, 1964. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Baigell, Matthew. Matthew Baigell papers, [ca. 1965-1985]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Weichsel, John, 1870-1946. John Weichsel papers, 1905-1922. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Blazek, Anton James, 1902-1974. Oral history interview with Anton Blazek, 1965 Apr. 13. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Bothwell, Dorr. Dorr Bothwell interview, 1965 Feb. 27. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Pratt, Harry Noyes, 1879-1944. Harry Noyes Pratt letters, 1941. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973. Autograph letter signed : [postmarked Santa Monica], to Morgan Russell, 1929 Aug. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Alfred Stieglitz / Georgia O'Keeffe archive, 1728-1986 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Adams, Clinton, 1918-2002 person
associatedWith Agostini, Peter person
associatedWith Almagre Books. corporateBody
associatedWith Alvarez, Mabel, 1891-1985. person
associatedWith Baigell, Matthew. person
associatedWith Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975, person
associatedWith Birren, Faber, 1900-1988. person
associatedWith Bisttram, Emil, 1895-1976. person
associatedWith Blazek, Anton James, 1902-1974. person
associatedWith Bothwell, Dorr, person
associatedWith Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, 1896-1993. person
associatedWith Brigante, Nicholas P., 1895-1989. person
associatedWith Byers, Margery. person
associatedWith Cahill, Holger, 1887-1960. person
associatedWith Chanin, Arnold, person
associatedWith Cherry, Herman. person
associatedWith Crawford, Jack. person
associatedWith Daniel Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Danysh, Joseph A., 1906- person
associatedWith Ettleson, Ben. person
associatedWith Federal Art Project (Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gravlee, Dianne. person
associatedWith Hess, Leta English, 1921- person
associatedWith Homer, William Innes. person
associatedWith Houk, Walter. person
associatedWith Jeakins, Dorothy. person
associatedWith J. R. person
associatedWith Kay-Scott, Cyril. person
associatedWith Labaudt, Lucien, 1880-1943. person
associatedWith Langsner, Jules, 1911-1967. person
associatedWith Lemoine, Jean Gabriel person
associatedWith Lemoine, Jean Gabriel, b. 1891. person
associatedWith Leslie, Alan. person
associatedWith Leslie, Fannie. person
associatedWith Liebman, Aline Meyer, 1879-1966. person
associatedWith Loughery, John. person
associatedWith Mabel Alvarez person
associatedWith Marshall, Jeanne, person
associatedWith Mattox, Charles, 1910- person
associatedWith McGlynn, Betty Hoag, person
associatedWith McLaughlin, John, 1898-1976. person
associatedWith Morgan Russell person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Musick, Archie (Archie Leroy), b. 1902. person
associatedWith New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Pratt, Harry Noyes, 1879-1944. person
associatedWith Public Works of Art Project (United States) corporateBody
associatedWith Quinn, John, 1870-1924. person
associatedWith Reiss, Roland, 1929- person
associatedWith Robles, Esther. person
associatedWith Rose Fried Gallery (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Russell, Morgan, 1886-1953. person
associatedWith Saltman, Molly, 1915- person
associatedWith Sample, Paul, 1896-1974. person
associatedWith Santa Monica Public Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Starr, Nina Howell, 1903-2000. person
associatedWith Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. person
associatedWith Stussy, Jan, 1921-1990. person
associatedWith Summerfield, Anne, 1917- person
associatedWith Summerfield, John, 1917- person
associatedWith Tortue Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Van Dine, S. S. person
associatedWith Warner, Keith, 1895-1959. person
associatedWith Weeks, Henry John. person
associatedWith Weichsel, John, 1870-1946. person
associatedWith Winston, Lydia, 1897- person
associatedWith Wong, Tyrus, person
correspondedWith Wright, Brooks, 1922- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California--Santa Monica
California--Los Angeles
California
France--Paris
California--Los Angeles
California--Los Angeles
New York (State)--New York
California--Los Angeles
California--Santa Monica
Subject
Artists
Art--American (?)--Reproductions
Federal aid to the arts
Painters
Mural painting and decoration, American
Painters--Interviews
Art--Exhibitions
Art, Modern--20th century
Art--Collectors and collecting
Painting, Abstract
Figure drawing
Scrapbooks--Specimens
Drawing, American
Color in art
Synchromism (Art)
Art--Study and teaching
Art, American
Painting, American
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Birth 1890-07-08

Death 1973-08-22

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