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Stanton Macdonald-Wright

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 ( - 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


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


Compiled by Ilene Susan Fort and Susan Annett