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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Clinton Hill papers
    Creator: Hill, Clinton, 1922-2003
    source: Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation
    Identifier/Call Number: M2534
    Physical Description: 30 Linear Feet (56 containers)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1930s-2000s
    Abstract: The papers of visual artist Clinton Hill (1922–2003) contains both his artwork and his archive, including correspondence, photographs, exhibit publicity, personal ephemera and other material.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Clinton Hill papers (M2534). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanfordy Libraries, Stanford, California.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift, 2019. Accessions 2019-390 and 2019-475.

    Scope and Contents

    The papers of visual artist Clinton Hill (1922–2003) contains both his artwork and his archive, including correspondence, photographs, exhibit publicity, personal ephemera and other material. Hill, whose formative years as an artist took place largely in New York in the 1950s and 1960s during the heyday of abstract expressionism, created an extensive and varied body of work. His paintings, mixed-media works on paper, assemblages, sculptures, and prints embodied a variety of styles making his work somewhat difficult to categorize. What is evident, however, are indelible links to abstraction, minimalism, and constructivism. His strength as a colorist, the lyricism of his geometric lines, and his boundless appetite for experimentation with materials and process are some of the defining elements of his oeuvre.
    Hill was raised on a ranch in Payette, Idaho. His training as an artist began in Oregon in the 1940s, continued in Italy and France in the 1950s, and ended at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York (1949–1951). In New York, his teachers included German expressionist painter Max Beckmann and John Ferren, a founding member of The Club, a group formed by Abstract Expressionists in the 1950s. In New York, Hill participated in group exhibitions at the Korman Gallery, showing alongside artists like Alex Katz and Vincent Longo, and held his first solo show at the Zabriskie Gallery in 1955. In the 1960s through the 1980s, he taught art at the City University of New York. Hill's contemporaries and friends included Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Helen Frankenthaler, Man Ray, and Robert Motherwell, among others. In the 1970s, Hill traveled to Woodstock Valley, Connecticut to take part in John and Kathyrn Koller's experimental paper workshop. This event proved transformative for Hill's work as he began to incorporate handmade paper and paper pulp into his art practice, and to explore the myriad of ways that paper could be manipulated (dying, tearing, cutting, embossing, etc). By using paper pulp and other materials such as fiberglass, string, wood, and plastics, Hill's artworks came to resemble relief paintings with strong sculptural qualities that pushed the limits of two-dimensional expressions.
    Hill's works can be found in the permanent collections of numerous museums/galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), Baltimore Museum of Art, Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth), and others. The collection contains dozens of artworks on paper, including prints, drawings, mixed media watercolor/collage, handmade paper, maquettes, sketchbooks, & woodblocks. Correspondence with artists such as Vincent Longo, Leo Rabkin, Sideo Fromboluti, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Tom Doyle, and Beat Generation writer Jay DeFeo is also included. Business papers, photographs, ephemera, slides, maquettes, books from the artist's library, and documentation of Hill's career as an opera singer round out the rest of the archive.
    adapted from article by D. Vanessa Kam, Head Librarian, Bowes Art and Architecture Library https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/stanford-libraries-blog/2019/08/announcing-archive-visual-artist-clinton-hill

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Artists -- United States.
    Clinton Hill/Allen Tran Foundation