Simon Toparovsky is a designer and sculptor whose work has been exhibited internationally. The collection consists of printed
material, exhibition brochures and catalogs, artwork, and clippings in English and Italian.
Simon Toparovsky studied at Temple University, University of California, Berkeley, and California College of Arts and Crafts
in Oakland. He began his professional career as an apprentice to hand bookbinders in the United States and England, where
he studied the restoration and conservation of rare books. In 1976 he was chosen as the head of the apprenticeship program
at the Center for Book Arts in New York. While there he taught and created original work, some of which has been acquired
by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. In the 1980s, Toparovsky transitioned from working
with visual books to creating narrative sculptures. He creates both private and public art, including, in 2002, the design
for the main altar crucifix for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. His other works have been exhibited and
purchased by such organizations as the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Getty Center (Los Angeles). Toparovsky lives
and works in Los Angeles, California and Milan, Italy.
1 box (.5 linear ft.)
3 oversize boxes.
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library,
Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright,
are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of
the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC
Regents do not hold the copyright.
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