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State of the Arts videorecordings, 1979

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Creator:
Lawrence P. Fraiberg Productions
Subject:
Campoli, Cosmo
Cavanau, Ted
Derman, Rick
Fraiberg, Lawrence P.
Karp, Ivan C.
Kovich, Robert
Nolan, Barry
Paik, Nam June
Phillips, Liz
Rose, Barbara
Segal, George
Solomon, Holly
Thorne, Joan
Tucker, Marcia
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
New Museum (New York, N.Y.)
OK Harris Works of Art (Gallery: New York, N.Y.)
Whitney Museum of American Art
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
2.4 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The State of the Arts videorecordings measures 2.4 linear feet and consists of 30 videocassettes (U-matic) and three sets of handwritten notes, all created during the production of a pilot episode for a broadcast television documentary series on contemporary art in 1979. Four stories were produced for the pilot: a staged debate on modern art at the Museum of Modern Art; an investigation into the economics of the contemporary art market, a collaboration between video artist Nam June Paik and sound artist Liz Phillips, and an extended interview with sculptor George Segal on the occasion of his 1979 retrospective exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Video footage includes raw footage for each segment and edited versions of the economics of art story, the Nam June Paik and Liz Phillips story, and the George Segal story. The reporter and interviewer for the program was Barry Nolan.
Although the program never aired, the video shot for the pilot documents significant artists and gallerists of its time, with profiles of O.K. Harris Works of Art and its founder, Ivan Karp, as well as art dealer Holly Solomon and critic Barbara Rose, Marcia Tucker in the early days of the New Museum, and footage of artists like Nam June Paik, Liz Phillips, and George Segal in their studios, describing their work in detail. The sound and video piece created by Paik and Phillips with the dancer Robert Kovich was commissioned by the State of the Arts producers for the pilot program, and the four hours of video documenting their collaboration and its product may therefore be unique.
Interview subjects for the economics of art story include Ivan Karp, Tom Drysdale, Rick Derman, Cosmo Campoli, Joan Thorne, Holly Solomon, Marcia Tucker, and Barbara Rose. The Marcia Tucker interview takes place at the New School, which was at the time, the home of the New Museum. Footage also includes a gallery opening at O.K. Harris Works of Art. Extended interviews with Liz Phillips, Nam June Paik, and George Segal are found in the footage of their respective stories.
Citation:
State of the Arts videorecordings, 1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' Hidden Collections grant program.
Use Note:
For research purposes only. Not to be used in whole or in part for broadcast purposes.
Biography Note:
State of the Arts was planned as a magazine television program. The pilots were produced by Lawrence P. Fraiberg Productions with funding provided jointly by IBM and NEA. The program never aired.
Provenance:
Donated 1979-1980 by Lawrence P. Fraiberg.
Theme:
The Art Market
Lives of American Artists
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Art galleries, Commercial
Art museum directors
Art, Modern
Artists
Artists' studios
Interviews
Performance art
Sound sculpture
Video art
Video recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10962
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214748
AAA_collcode_frailawr
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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