A Finding Aid to the Stephan Lion Papers, 1933-1996, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.lionstep
Creators:
Lion, Stephan C.
Dates:
1933-1996
Languages:
Multiple languages
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Physical Description:
0.8 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of Stephan Lion measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1933 to 1996. The papers document his career as an art consultant and exhibition designer through correspondence with artists and art institutions, as well as sketches, exhibition catalogs, contracts, an award, and other professional material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Stephan Lion measure 0.8 linear feet and date from 1933 to 1996. The papers document his career as an art consultant and exhibition designer through correspondence with artists and art institutions, as well as sketches, exhibition catalogs, contracts, an award, and other professional material.
Correspondence is primarily with artists including Will Barnet, Alexander Calder, Sandro Chia, Salvadore Dali, Theo Hios, R.B. Kitaj, Rene Magritte, Marisol, Andre Masson, Piet Mondrian, Georgia O'Keeffe, Richard Pousette-Dart, Walter Pach, Abraham Rattner, and Hilla Rebay. Also included are some financial material such as invoices and contracts related to his career as an art consultant. Some of the correspondence is in both French and German.
Professional material includes an award in recognition of his work on the commission for the Statue of Liberty centennial, exhibition catalogs, sketches, exhibition contracts, and "A Love for Art" VHS on Lion's life and his works.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as two series.
  • Series 1: Correspondence, 1933-1995 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)
  • Series 2: Professional Activity Files, 1940-1996 (0.2 linear feet; Box 2)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Stephan C. Lion (1916-2009) was an art consultant, curator, and exhibition designer in New York, N.Y. He was the owner of Stephan Lion, Inc. and Lion Arts, Inc.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed, and a finding aid prepared by Ricky Gomez in 2021.
Author
Ricky Gomez
Sponsor
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Stephan Lion, 1995-1996.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Preferred Citation
Stephan Lion papers, 1933-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Repository Contact
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