Norton Simon
American art collector
Norton Simon
Norton Winfred Simon, in the United States was a millionaire industrialist and philanthropist based in California. A significant art collector, he is the namesake of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California.
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Newport residents invited to private tour of the Norton Simon Museum in LA - Daily Pilot
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The Newport Beach City Arts Commission is taking a trip next month up to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Residents can sign up to visit the museum to see its collection of 14th to 19th century European, Asian and modern art
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Guest commentary: Efforts to reclaim Nazi-looted art undermined in court - Detroit Free Press
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Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, in which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California was powerless to extend the statute of limitations for claims involving Nazi-looted art. The Supreme Court in June did as it was asked and declined
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Twelve Angry Heads - Huffington Post
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To see the sculptures of this great French artist installed to maximum effect you should travel to Pasadena, to the Norton Simon Museum, where his sculptures seemingly walk freely through the grounds. For another example of successful outdoor placement
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Family's Claim Against MoMA Hinges on Dates
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When the Expressionist artist George Grosz, a celebrated painter, fled Nazi Germany in 1933, he left behind two important oil paintings and a watercolor with his Berlin dealer. Next month the United States Supreme Court, in deciding whether to hear the case, will determine whether Grosz's heirs have any hope that legal action will help them recover
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Family's Claim Against MoMA Hinges on Dates - New York Times
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Since 2004, the Supreme Court has refused to review several Nazi-era art cases, most recently in June when it decided not to review a case brought against the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Calif., which ran afoul of a different deadline statute
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Paintin' U.S.A.
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REBELS IN PARADISE The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s By Hunter Drohojowska-Philp Illustrated. 263 pp. A John Macrae Book/Henry Holt & Company. $32.50. For contemporary art in the 1950s and '60s, there was New York and that was it. So the old story goes. But it's wrong. If there's one thing that recent globally minded art history has taught
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The genius who lives downstairs - extract - The Guardian
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Francis Norton, Simon's middle brother, works in a shop called SJ Phillips, the oldest family-run antique jewellery business in the world. It's because Francis keeps the family firm alive and profitable that Simon has never had to have a job or a
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Art World Colonoscopy - Huffington Post
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There the Norton Simon Museum contributes its own double dots: At the Norton Simon, you may also register for the adult education class "Old Master Materials and Techniques: What Lies Beneath." Next term they are offering, "What Lies Beneath: Old
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Classical Pick of the Week: Festivities - LAist
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If you have any Korean or Italian friends, take them out and celebrate the unification of their respective countries with performances at the Norton Simon Museum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The commemoration of the unification of Italy takes
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"Basel Mural I" by Sam Francis: An Artist at the Height of His Powers - Huffington Post (blog)
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In 1967, after some conservation work, "Basel Mural I" was donated by Francis to the Pasadena Art Museum, which later became the Norton Simon Museum. It now shares a room at the Simon with two vertical fragments of "Basel Mural III," -- which was
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Art review: 'Woman With a Lute' by Johannes Vermeer at Norton Simon Museum - Los Angeles Times
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26 at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. As no West Coast museum actually owns a Vermeer, it's a rare opportunity to see a painting by the 17 th century Dutch master, celebrated for his marvelous handling of light and his mysterious portraits of
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Collecting outside of the box - Art Newspaper
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His tactics when buying the work at Christie's London in 1965 created a media frenzy Anyone who visits the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena cannot help but come away with a renewed sense that Norton Simon was one of the greatest collectors of the 20th
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A sampling of Isamu Noguchi's work at the Laguna Art Museum - Los Angeles Times
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Other smaller scale works located at the Norton Simon Museum and the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA similarly are not mentioned. Noguchi's California connection extends beyond his art, says Amy Lyford, an art historian at Occidental
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Norton Simon announces two free iPhone apps on collections - Pasadena Star-News
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PASADENA - The Norton Simon Museum announced Wednesday the release of two free iPhone applications, both available now on iTunes. The Norton Simon Museum App gives information about the museum's current and upcoming exhibitions and events,
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Classical Pick of the Week: Liszt and the Arts, and Steinway at the Ranch - LAist
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On Friday at 8 PM, there is a free concert at the Norton Simon museum. The program is titled Angels and Demons: Liszt and the Arts so if you don't like Liszt you probably don't want to go. The concert is free but you must buy a ticket to the museum
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Warhol's 32 Campbell's Soup Cans And The Decline Of Connoisseurship - Huffington Post (blog)
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You may find it dull, as I did, but hanging on the opposite wall was Richard Diebenkorn's 1954 "Berkeley #24," on loan from the Norton Simon Museum. Compared to the Warhol it looked refreshingly uncertain in its attempts to balance representation and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Norton Simon
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 86
    Died on June 2, 1993.
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  • 1987
    Age 80
    In 1987, the University of California, Los Angeles, announced an "agreement in principle" with Simon for the transfer to the university of the art collection owned by two Simon foundations – the Norton Simon Foundation and the Norton Simon Art Foundation.
    More Details Hide Details The plan was to keep most of collection in Pasadena, administered by UCLA, the Simon board and the Norton Simon Foundation. The university was to build a separate museum facility on campus for part of the collection. However, Simon withdrew his offer three months after the announcement was made.
  • 1984
    Age 77
    He was diagnosed in 1984 with the neurological disorder Guillain–Barré syndrome, although he remained active in the Norton Simon Museum until his death.
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  • 1974
    Age 67
    He ultimately assumed control and naming rights, and in 1974 it was renamed the Norton Simon Museum.
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  • 1971
    Age 64
    He married actress Jennifer Jones in 1971.
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  • 1970
    Age 63
    In 1970, Simon opposed U.S. Senator George Murphy's bid for a second term in the Republican primary.
    More Details Hide Details Murphy won renomination rather handily but then lost the seat in the general election to the Democrat John V. Tunney, even as Republican and future President Ronald Reagan was winning a second term as governor.
  • 1969
    Age 62
    He also retired from active involvement in his business in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details He accepted appointments to the University of California Board of Regents, the Carnegie Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the boards of Reed College, the Los Angeles Music Center, the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and the Institute for Advanced Study.
    In 1969, his son Robert Simon committed suicide.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he and his wife Lucille Ellis were divorced.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1945
    Age 38
    His marketing strategy worked, and by 1945 Hunt Foods became a household name and one of the largest food processing businesses on the West Coast.
    More Details Hide Details Hunt's is now part of ConAgra Foods, Inc.. With the growing profits from Hunt Foods, he began buying stock in other undervalued companies with growth potential, many of which were still undervalued following the loss of confidence in equities after the Great Depression. He diversified through acquisition into well known businesses such as McCall's Publishing, the Saturday Review of Literature, Canada Dry Corporation, Max Factor cosmetics, the television production company Talent Associates, and Avis Car Rental, through his holding company Norton Simon Inc. (Norton Simon Inc. was formed in 1968 through the merger of Hunt Foods, McCalls Publishing and Canada Dry Corporation.) Many of these businesses had extensive interests outside the United States. Norton Simon Inc. was later acquired by Esmark in 1983, which merged with Beatrice Foods the next year. Beatrice was sold to ConAgra in 1990.
  • 1943
    Age 36
    As one of the first of his significant corporate moves, Simon sold Val Vita to Hunt's Foods in return for a controlling interest in the combined business. By 1943 he changed the company's name to Hunt's Foods and ran it with strict cost-controls and an unorthodox approach to marketing.
    More Details Hide Details During and after World War II, Simon focused on product visibility. Uncharacteristically for a food company at the time, he acquired full page advertisements in Vogue and Life magazines with full-color photos of Hunt's ketchup bottles and tomato sauce cans. His aggressive advertising ensured the company's slogan "Hunt for the best" was prominent.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1927
    Age 20
    He enjoyed early success and invested $7000 in 1927 in an orange juice bottling plant in Fullerton, California which was insolvent and renamed it Val Vita Food Products Company.
    More Details Hide Details He soon added other fruit and vegetables to the product lines and purchased canning equipment.
  • 1925
    Age 18
    At his father's insistence, in 1925 he enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley, but left his pre-law studies within the first six weeks to found a sheet metal distribution company.
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  • 1924
    Age 17
    Born into a successful Jewish family in Portland, Oregon, he attended high school in San Francisco, graduating in 1924.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1907
    Age 0
    Born on February 5, 1907.
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