Further Readings about the Library Mural:
The Dictionary of Art, s.v. “Macdonald-Wright, Stanton” (by Ilene Susan Fort). New York: Grove, 1996.
Groves, Martha. “A Library’s Overdue Return: Forty Years after Being Removed from Santa Monica’s Old Library, A Series of 1930s Murals is On View Again in the New One.” Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2005, home edition, p. B.1.
Macdonald-Wright, S. Santa Monica Library Murals. Los Angeles: Angelus Press, 1935. (See link and PDF at the Artist’s Statement).
Scott, David W. The Art of Stanton Macdonald-Wright. Washington, D.C.: Published for the National Collection of Fine Arts by the Smithsonian Press, 1967. Exhibition catalogue. Includes a reprint of the artist’s "A Treatise on Color," Los Angeles, 1924.
South, Will, et al. Color, Myth, and Music: Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Synchromism. Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 2001. Exhibition catalogue.
South, Will. “Invention and Imagination: Stanton Macdonald-Wright’s Santa Monica Library Mural,” Archives of American Art Journal 39, nos. 3 & 4 (1999): 11-20. Reprinted as PDF [11pg., 1.85MB] with permission of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Stanton Macdonald-Wright Oral History Interview Conducted by Betty Hoag for the Archives of American Art, 1964. View Oral History Transcript (http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/macdon64.htm - link provided with permission of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution).
For further information, search the Santa Monica Public Library’s Image Archives and Santa Monica Index at www.smpl.org
Other Macdonald-Wright Artworks in Santa Monica:
A Guide to Historic Santa Monica City Hall. Santa Monica, California, 2004. Includes information on Stanton Macdonald-Wright’s two large “Petrachrome” murals in City Hall’s entry foyer. Brochure reprinted at right as PDF [12pg., 1.23MB].
Stanton Macdonald-Wright directed WPA artisans in creating a fire curtain mural and a mosaic in the lobby of Barnum Hall Theatre at Santa Monica High School. For information, visit www.smmusd.org/samohi/perfoming_arts/htmls/barnum.htm
Compiled by Ilene Susan Fort and Susan Annett
Will South Article from the Archives of American Art Journal
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A Guide to Historic
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