John Altoon art work and papers

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.altojohn
Creators:
Altoon, John, 1925-
Dates:
circa 1940-1969
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.3 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Over 300 pencil and pencil and ink drawings, circa 1950s-1960s, mostly contained in sketchbooks and tablets, as well as numerous loose sketches and several mixed-media works on board. Also found are Altoon's letters and a ship's log dating from his years of WWII Navy service in the Pacific.
Scope and Contents
An addition of 0.6 linear feet donated 2017 included approximately 100 sketches by John Altoon, 1956-1966 and undated, created in printmaker Kenneth Tyler's Los Angeles workshop.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
John Altoon (1925-1969) was a painter in Los Angeles, Calif. Altoon (born Altoonian), was a major figure in the Los Angeles art scene from the 1950s until his death from a heart attack in 1969. He began painting in the abstract-expressionist style, but by the mid-1960s his works turned to the figure, characterized by skillful draftsmanship and sexual imagery.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1998 by Roberta L. Thompson, John Altoon's widow and in 2017 by printmaker Kenneth E. Tyler who collaborated on projects with John Altoon.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Prints -- Technique -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Pacific Ocean Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tyler, Kenneth E. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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