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Marisol, 1930-  Search this
Roberts, Colette Jacqueline, 1910-1971  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Club (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Ecole nationale supĂ©rieure des beaux-arts (France)  Search this
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Sound recording 1 sound tape reel ; 7 in.
Transcript: 34 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 15 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Use requires an appointment.
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Marisol conducted 1968 Feb. 8, by Colette Roberts, for the Archives of American Art.
In the interview Marisol speaks of her childhood spent both in Chile and France; the encouragement of her parents and teachers to draw freely; her progression from painting, to drawing, to collage and reliefs; the influence of Europeans, Matisse and Picasso, and American, Rauschenberg; her time spent in museums as a child and the subsequent exposure to DaVinci and Rembrandt; her art education, predominantly in New York at the Art Students League and briefly in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Art; her association with the Abstract Expressionists at the Club; the contrast of her work to the dream-based Surrealists; her first show for Castelli in 1957; her shows at the '62 and '64 annual exhibitions at the Stable; her more recent exhibitions for the Carnegie and Sidney Janis Gallery of The Beach and The Party; the origins of her wood drawings as a discovery while drawing lines to be sculpted upon wood; her experience working for the Daily Telegraph and completing portraits of historical figures such as Charles DeGalle; the literary influence of Dostoeveski, and more specifically Crime and Punishment; her recent apathy for visual entertainments and diversions (like the Ballet). Both in the interview and afterwards in a supplemental biographical addition Roberts and Marisol allude to her resistence to sit for interviews. The artist feels that she doesn't "have much to say."
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Marisol, 1968 Feb. 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The digital preservation of this interview received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Biography Note:
Marisol (1930- ) is a sculptor in New York, N.Y.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Surrealism  Search this
Painters  Search this
Collagists  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Hispanic American women artists  Search this
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Archives of American Art