Mark Johnstone collection
Scope and Contents
The bulk of the material in the Mark Johnstone collection is from the time Johnstone worked in Los Angeles. The collection contains materials on artists Johnstone worked with in the role of curator, as well as Johnstone’s own literary work and research materials. Prominent among the collection is material relating to Joe Deal, with whom Johnstone worked with and assisted in the publication of Joe Deal: Southern California Photographs, 1976-86, for which he wrote essays for the book including “Abstract Territories,” and Larry Burrows, on whom Johnstone was gathering material for a biography. Also included is a small amount of correspondence, print versions of some of his writings, oral interviews with artists, and moving image materials.
The collection is divided into five series: Artist Files, Writings, Exhibitions, Research Files, and Audiovisual Materials and dates 1951-2010 with the majority of the materials from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. There is minimal biographical material on Johnstone in the collection.
The Artist Files, circa 1968-2004 and undated, constitutes the bulk of the collection and includes articles, correspondence, interview transcripts, and exhibition materials relating to various artists. Correspondence includes both personal and business correspondence; exhibition materials include exhibition cards, proof prints and slides. There is minimal biographical material on individual artists and, when present, it generally is in the form of a CV or resume. Digital copies of Joe Deal email correspondence and images are also contained within this series. This series is organized alphabetically by the artists’ last name.
The Writings series, circa 1978-2001, includes articles and reviews written by Johnstone for various publications as well as catalogs he edited, the bulk of which are his essays and reviews for Artweek. For some works only Johnstone’s article has been stored, while in other cases the complete issue has been retained. Writings are from multiple issues across the publication dates of each periodical. This series is organized alphabetically by publication name.
The Exhibitions series, circa 1981-2000, consist of press releases, exhibition cards and/or catalogs for exhibitions, many of which were curated by Johnstone. Many files in this series also include articles about, and reviews of, the shows. This series is organized chronologically.
The Research Files, 1971-1999 with the bulk of the material dated 1982-1989, include articles pertaining to photojournalism, photographers, and other photographic issues.
The bulk of this material relates to the Vietnam War. Also included is a selection of transparencies from Life Magazine, photographer Larry Burrows, and others.
The Audiovisual Materials, 1981-2016, series includes videotapes and sound recordings for projects with which Johnstone was associated or materials he collected. The bulk of the moving image materials relate to the PBS series The Photographic Vision for which Johnstone served as content supervisor but also includes recordings of programs at the Security Pacific Gallery as well as several videos from Johnstone’s personal collection. The audio recordings consist of interviews conducted by Johnstone with various photographers and artists as well as individuals associated with the arts including Ansel Adams, Garry Winogrand, Nathan Lyons, Robert Rauschenberg, and Beaumont Newhall. The majority of these interviews were done as research for The Photographic Vision. Many of the audio recordings correspond to artists for which there are Artist Files.
Language of Materials
Material in English
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Mark Johnstone, artist, curator, educator, public art advocate, documentary filmmaker and writer, graduated from Colorado College with a degree in liberal arts and sciences before getting a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California. His professional career includes writing, editing and curating as well as serving as a public art liaison between artists, civic groups, corporations and city governments in various cities throughout the United States. In 1987 he worked for the Security Pacific Corporation as the Exhibits Curator, Vice President and then in 1995 he became the Public Art Administrator for the city of Los Angeles. In 2006 he took the job as Chair of the Arts Commission for the city of Hailey, Idaho and has also served as a Regional Public Art Advisor and a Public Art Advisor for the Idaho Commission on the Arts. In 2015, he was appointed to the Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, Arts Commission. In 2016 he made Wish You Were Here, a documentary film about photographer Robert C. Bishop. In 1982-84 he served as the Series Content Advisor for the The Photographic Vision, a twenty-program award winning PBS series about photography. Many of his writings are in Special Collections at Colorado College. His own photography is in collections in the United States, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Japan.
14 Linear Feet (18 boxes)
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The Mark Johnstone collection contains artist files, writings, exhibition files, research files, and audiovisuals dating between 1951 and 2010, with the majority of materials from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. The materials are mostly from the time Johnstone worked in Los Angeles, containing materials on artists Johnstone worked with in the role of curator, as well as Johnstone’s own literary work and research materials. Prominent among the collection is material relating to Joe Deal, with whom Johnstone worked with and assisted in the publication of Joe Deal: Southern California Photographs, 1976-86, for which he wrote essays for the book including “Abstract Territories,” and Larry Burrows, on whom Johnstone was gathering material for a biography.
The Collection is arranged into the following series:
- Series 1: Artist Files, circa 1968-2004, 12 boxes
- Series 2: Writings, circa 1978-2001, 3 boxes
- Series 3: Exhibitions, circa 1981-2000, 3 boxes
- Series 4: Research Files, 1971-1999, 2 boxes
- Series 5: Audiovisual Materials, 1981-2016, 3 boxes
Gift of Mark Johnstone beginning in 2011.
Accrual received in 2017.
- Burrows, Larry [http://vocab.getty.edu/ulan/500124535]
- Deal, Joe [http://vocab.getty.edu/ulan/500037034]
- Johnstone, Mark
Processed by Anne Martinez in 2012. Collection and finding aid updated by Alexis Peregoy in 2017.
- Mark Johnstone collection, 1951-2010
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