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Ferber, Herbert, 1906-1991  Search this
Tuchman, Phyllis  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Motherwell, Robert Burns  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Still, Clyfford E.  Search this
Baziotes, William  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Newman, Barnett  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
Marlborough Gallery  Search this
Rothko Chapel (Houston, Tex.)  Search this
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Physical Description:
Sound recording: 1 cassette : analog.
Transcript: 12 p.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Herbert Ferber conducted 1981 June 2, by Phyllis Tuchman, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project.
Ferber talks about the development of his friendship with Rothko through the Betty Parsons Gallery and Rothko's personality and habits. He speaks of Rothko's work, particularly the Houston chapel, and his feelings for other artists. He briefly mentions his involvement in the lawsuit against the Marlborough Galleries. He recalls Adolph Gottlieb, Clyfford Still, Barney Newman, Robert Motherwell, William Baziotes, Arshile Gorky, Ad Reinhardt, and many others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Herbert Ferber, 1981 June 2. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available online.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note:
Herbert Ferber (1906-1991) was a sculptor and painter from New York, N.Y.
This interview was conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and his Times oral history project, with funding provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation. Others interviewed on the project (by various interviewers) include: Sonia Allen, Sally Avery, Ben-Zion, Ernest Briggs, Rhys Caparn, Elaine de Kooning, Esther Gottlieb, Juliette Hays, Sidney Janis, Buffie Johnson, Jacob Kainen, Louis Kaufman, Jack Kufeld, Katharine Kuh, Stanley Kunitz, Joseph Liss, Dorothy Miller, Betty Parsons, Wallace Putnam, Rebecca Reis, Maurice Roth, Aaron Siskind, Joseph Solman, Hedda Sterne, Jack Tworkov, Esteban Vicente and Ed Weinstein. Each has been cataloged separately.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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