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Oral history interview with Chuzo Tamotzu, 1964 September 3

Catalog Data

Interviewee:
Tamotsu, Chuzo, 1888-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Loomis, Sylvia Glidden  Search this
Subject:
Eddy, Stuart  Search this
Mandelman, Beatrice  Search this
Ribak, Louis  Search this
Rush, Olive  Search this
Knight, Frederic C. (Frederic Charles)  Search this
Philipp, Robert  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Artists Equity Association  Search this
An American Group (Organization)  Search this
Federal Art Project  Search this
New Deal and the Arts Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 11 pages.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 40 min.
Summary:
An interview of Chuzo Tamotzu (Tamotsu) conducted 1964 September 3 by Sylvia Loomis for the Archives of American Art.
Tamotzu discusses studying Occidental, Oriental art in Japan; traveling to Korea, Manchuria and China, South Sea Islands, Singapore, then Europe for a year; coming to New York in 1920; his involvement with An American Group; Juliana Force recruiting him for the Federal Art Project; being on the Easel Project and also on the Graphic Art Project; the Works Projects Administration; given "pink-slip" on the Project since he was not a U.S. citizen; stint in the U.S. Army, Office of Strategic Service doing propaganda paintings for psychological war material for the Japanese Army and soldiers; settling in Santa Fe, N.M.; Oriental painting; and Artist Equity Association. Tamotzu mentions Beatrice Mandelman, Louis Ribak, Robert Philip, Stuart Eddy, Frederick Knight, and Olive Rush.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Chuzo Tamotzu, 1964 September 3. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Chuzo Tamotzu (1888-1975) was born in Japan and was a painter in Santa Fe, N.M.
Provenance:
Conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Federal aid to the arts  Search this
Art, Oriental  Search this
Painting, Asian  Search this
Painters  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Arts, Japanese  Search this
Painting, Japanese  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11756
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216578
AAA_collcode_tamots64
Theme:
Asian American
New Deal
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216578