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Oral history interview with Jack Beal, 1968 March 27

Interviewee:
Beal, Jack, 1931-
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-
Subject:
Blackshear, Kathleen
Doyle, Tom
Giles, William
Kirby, Michael
Landsman, Stanley
Michod, Ivan
Michod, Susan A.
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 35 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 10 min.
Access Note / Rights:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Summary:
An interview of Jack Beal conducted 1968 March 27, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Beal speaks of his family background, southern artists, the Chicago Art Institute, studying with Kathleen Blackshear, the "Wells Street Group", the influence of Arshile Gorky and Chicago artists. He discusses refusing a scholarship to the Hans Hofmann School; the Cedar Bar; the New York art world; his wife, Sandra; painting with Ivan and Susan Michod and the "color" of color television. Beal comments on making a movie with Tom Doyle, William Giles, Michael Kirby, and Stanley Landsman; living off the land; and overcoming the "masterpiece complex."
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Jack Beal, 1968 March 27. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Jack Beal (1931- 2013) was a painter from Oneonta, New York.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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 others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Interviews
Painters
Painting, Modern
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12182
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212000
AAA_collcode_beal68
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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