Jean Xceron records

Jean Xceron records

Collection Overview

Repository:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives.
Creator:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Title:
Jean Xceron records
Call Number:
A0061
Dates:
1939-1976 (bulk 1939-1960)
Volume:
1.25 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Historical Abstract:
In 1939 Jean Xceron (JX) was hired by the Museum of Non-Objective Painting. Throughout his tenure of over 20 years, JX was responsible for the inventory and storage of artworks, shipping and transport, and, eventually, conservation recommendations.
Scope and Content Abstract:
The Jean Xceron (JX) records span the years 1939-1976 (bulk 1939-1960) and document JX's work as the custodian at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM). Records include exhibition records, memoranda, storage inventories, and loan records. The bulk of the records relate to the SRGM's permanent collection, exhibitions and warehouse storage.
Location:
CF
Language:
Collection is primarily in English.
Arrangement:
Organized into 2 series: 1. Background; and 2. Administration
Restrictions:
The collection is partially restricted.
Publication Rights:
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Manager of the Library and Archives.
Preferred Citation:
Jean Xceron records. A0061. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York, NY.
Subjects:
Museum of Non-Objective Painting
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Contributors:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Xceron, Jean, 1890-1967
Finding aid prepared by Francine Snyder in June 2010.

The processing and select digitization of this collection was generously funded in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Jean Xceron (JX), born in 1890, first emigrated from Greece to the United States in 1904. Here he spent time in Washington, DC and New York before moving to Paris in the late 1920s. Trained as an artist, JX studied Classical antiquity at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington and was exposed to Cubism in Paris. In 1938, he permanently settled in New York and joined the American Abstract Artist group. Around this time, he met Hilla Rebay (HR), curator and director of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting (MNOP), precursor to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. HR, who had acquired JX's work after viewing it in an exhibition at the Nierendorf Gallery, offered JX a position at the MNOP in 1939.

JX started at the MNOP as a guard and gradually transitioned into the custodian and caretaker of the art collection. Throughout his tenure, JX was responsible for the inventory and storage of the artwork in the collection, preparing artworks for shipping and transport, and, eventually, conservation recommendations. At the same time, JX continued to paint and the MNOP continued to acquire his work.

JX died in 1967 after working at the MNOP (later renamed the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), for more than 20 years.

Bibliography

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Daniel Robbins. 1965. Jean Xceron. [Catalogue of exhibition 65/5, September-October, 1965].
Xceron, Jean. 1984. Jean Xceron: [exhibition] May-June 1984. New York: Kouros Gallery.

Scope and Content Note

The Jean Xceron (JX) records span the years 1939-1976 (bulk 1939-1960) and document JX's work as the custodian at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM). The collection contains two series: Background and Administration. Series 1: Background contains information about JX collected by Guggenheim staff including biographical notes, exhibition catalogues, and documentation on the estate of JX. Series 2: Administration contains records created by JX during his tenure at the Museum of Non-Objective Painting and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. They include exhibition records, memoranda, storage inventories, and loan records. The bulk of the records relate to the Museum's permanent collection, exhibitions, and warehouse storage.

Series Descriptions

Series 1. Background, 1965-1976, 0.25 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 1: Background contains information about Jean Xceron (JX) collected by Guggenheim staff including biographical notes, exhibition catalogues, and documentation on the estate of JX.
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Series 2. Administration, 1939-1964, 1 cubic ft.
Summary: Series 2: Administration contains administrative records documenting the daily activities and functions of Jean Xceron during his tenure at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (SRGM). They include exhibition records relating to the storage, shipping, and installation of art work, internal memoranda, inventories of art works, and loan records. In addition, JX researched and reported on the possibility of establishing a conservation lab within the SRGM. The bulk of the records relate to SRGM's permanent collection, exhibitions and warehouse storage.
Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Folder List

Series 1. Background, 1965-1976, 0.25 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
05911Biographical Informationundated
05912Estate of Jean Xceron1967
05913Exhibition Catalogues1965, 1976
Series 2. Administration, 1939-1964, 1 cubic ft.
BoxFolderTitleDate
05915-9Acquisitions (5 folders) (restricted)1939-1966
05914Art Supplies Sent to Artists1949-1952
Conservation
059110-11Damaged Works (2 folders) (restricted)1952-1956, 1960
059112Report1950-1952
059113Researchundated, 1949, 1952
Exhibitions
05911445 Oeuvres de Kandinsky (#105-T): Shipping (restricted)1957
059115Brancusi (#66): Memorandum1955
059116Deuxieme Salon des Realites Nouvelles (#60-T): Shipping (restricted)1951
059117Eighteen Non-Objective Painters from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (#76-T): Shipping (restricted)1953
059118European Painters (#62): Checklist [Nebel, Otto]1949
Evolution of Non-Objectivity (#74)
059119Brochure1952
059120Checklist1952
059121Exhibition of Paintings from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (#104-T): Shipping (restricted)1957
059122Exhibitions of Permanent Collection: Checklists1951
059122Fifth Salon des Realities Nouvelles: Loans (restricted)1950-1952
059123Group Exhibition (#75): Exhibition Planning1952
Guggenheim International Award (#102)
059124Checklist1957
059125Newspaper Clipping1957
059126Shipping (restricted)1957
Guggenheim International Award (#114)
0591,
5009
27, 1Inventory (2 folders)1958
059128Loans (restricted)1958
Guggenheim International Award (#124)
059129Inventory 1960
059130Loans (restricted)1960
50092Press Release1960
Hilla Rebay (#61)
059131Catalogue1948
059132Exhibition Planning1948
Jacques Villion, Raymond Duchamp-Villion, Marcel Duchamp (#101)
059133Loans (restricted)1956
059134Shipping (restricted)1956-1957
059135Loan Exhibition (#59): Shipping (restricted)1947
059136Loan Exhibition (#65): Checklist1949
059137Loan Exhibition (#67): Shipping (restricted)1950
Loan Exhibition (#69)
059138Checklist1950
059139-40Shipping (2 folders) (restricted)1950-1951
059141Wall List1950
Loan Exhibition (#70)
059142Checklist1951
059143Shipping (restricted)1951
059144Loan Exhibition (#73) [?]: Checklist1951
059144bMasterpeices of the Twentieth Century: Shipping (restricted)1952
059145[Paintings Exhibited on the Second Floor] : Checklist1948-1949
059146Robert Delaunay (#91): Memorandum1955
059146bSalon des Realities Nouvelles: Shipping (restricted)1953
A Selection (#78)
059147Checklist1953
059148Shipping (restricted)1954
059149Selection II (#79): Checklist1953
059150Selection III (#84): Checklist1953
059151Selection IV (#87): Checklist1954
059152Selection V (#95): Inventory1955
059153Selections from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (#71-T or #72-T): Checklist1951
059153bSeventh Salon des Realities Nouvelles: Loans (restricted)1952
059153cSixth Salon des Realities Nouvelles: Loans (restricted)1951
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition (#64)
059154Catalogue Mock-up1949
059155Checklist1949
059156Vasily Kandinsky (#146-T): Shipping (restricted)1963-1964
059157Younger American Painters (#86): Loans (restricted)1956
50093Younger European Painters (#82): Biographies1953
05921-3Frames (3 folders)1951-1953, 1958
05924Insurance (restricted)1951, 1953
Inventories
05925Acquisitions Since June 1, 19391951
05926American Drawings After 19001951
50094Collection at the Museum1953
05927Collection in Small Boxes1965
50095Collection in Storage1953
05928Deliveries to Museum [Klee]undated, 1965
05929Estate of Irene Rothschild Guggenheim1955-1959
50096Estate of Karl Nierendorf1948-1953
059210Estate of Katherine Dreier1952
059211Fernand Leger1952
059212Foundation Collection not Located (restricted)1961
50097Foundation Collections Presumed to be Located at Franton Court1953
059213Foundation Paintings in Storage1952
50098From Carnegie Hall to Manhattan Storage1950-1951
059214Items in Rebay's Apartment at Museum1954
059215Kessler Portfolio1954
059216Lists of Paintings by Artistundated
50099List of Paintings Owned1951
059217-19Location of Paintings in Manhattan Storage (3 folders)1951, 1965-1966
059220Paintings1948
059221Paintings at the "Lodge," Whitehall, South Carolina1950-1952
059222Paintings Folder1951
059223Paintings in Large Boxes1966
059224Paintings Located at Plaza Hotel1950
059225Paintings Location Report1953
059226Paintings Not Found (restricted)undated
059227Paintings Owned by Others in Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Storage1945
059228Paul Klee: List of Works in Collection1960
059229Rebays Located at the Plaza1950
059230Records of Everything at the Museum that is not Hung1951
059231Rolph Scarlettundated
059232Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection from South Carolina1952
059233Work Selected for Storage with Manhattan Storage1951
059234Warehouseundated, 1954-1957
059235Watercolors and Collagesundated
0592,
0593,
5009
36, 1, 10Unidentified (3 folders) undated, 1960
05932-10Loans (9 folders) (restricted)1949-1965
Memoranda
059311-13General (3 folders) (1 restricted)undated, 1954-1959
059314Delivery and Removal (restricted)1953-1956
059315Easton, Glenn H.1959-1964
059316-17Hunt, Clinton N. (2 folders) (1 restricted)1949-1953, 1955
059318Registrar1958-1966
059319Shipping (restricted)1959-1960
059320-21Sweeney, James Johnson (2 folders) (1 restricted)1953-1959
Personal
059322Exhibition Research1949-1953
059323Memorial Plaque of Theodore Pappayliou1948
059324Report: Annual Activities1953-1954
059325Reproduction Requests: Kandinsky1956-1957
059326Requisitions1960
059327Sales Tax Exemption Letter1940
059328Staff Listundated
059329-31bStorage (4 folders) (3 restricted)1957-1962
059332Trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (restricted)1952, undated