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Guide to the Martin Wong Papers
ca. 1982-1999
 MSS 102

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Collection processed by Jenny Hillyer, 2001. Updated by Joseph Gallucci 2007. Accretion processed by Colin Wells, 2009.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 25, 2015
Description is in English.

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Title: Martin Wong Papers
Dates [inclusive]: ca. 1982-1999
Abstract: Born Martin Victor Wong in Portland, Oregon on July 11, 1946, Wong was raised by his Chinese-American parents in San Francisco. Wong was involved in performance art in the 1970's, but focused almost exclusively on painting after moving to New York in the early 1980's. The self-taught Wong, whose work showed a distinct gay sensibility, became a respected, renowned and prolific painter in New York's downtown art scene. He also cultivated both working and personal relationships with graffiti artists and enthusiasts in that scene. His compositions combine gritty social documents, cosmic witticisms, and symbolic languages that chronicle survival in his drug-and-crime-besieged Lower East Side neighborhood. In addition to his painting, Wong also experimented with poetry and prose, much of which he recorded on long paper scrolls. Wong died of AIDS in 1999.
Quantity: 29.5 linear feet (33 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS 102