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Oral history interview with Richard Bellamy, 1963

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Interviewee:
Bellamy, Richard, 1927-1998
Interviewer:
Baker, Richard Brown, 1912-2002
Subject:
Forst, Miles
Gruen, John
Hess, Thomas
Müller, Jan
Stankiewicz, Richard
Stout, Myron Stedman
Hansa Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 70 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 34 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Richard Bellamy, concerning the Hansa Gallery, conducted 1963, by Richard Brown Baker, for the Archives of American Art.
Bellamy speaks of the Hansa Gallery's original organization by a group of Hans Hofmann's students; Hansa's location, purpose and program; and the definition of a cooperative gallery. Bellamy reminisces about his early life in Cincinnati, the influence of the Provincetown exhibition in 1949, becoming manager and director of Hansa Gallery and the gallery's move uptown. He discusses financial arrangements with artists, guest exhibitions, collectors, the gallery's location and its disadvantages in regard to visitors and critics, an Allan Kaprow exhibition, and the inclusion of Hansa artists in the Whitney Museum of American Art's annuals and other exhibitions.
He comments on Hansa's reputation, ART NEWS notices, comparisons of the Hansa and Green galleries, the weaknesses of a cooperative gallery, the search for new artists, financial problems, reasons for closing the gallery, galleries where original Hansa artists now exhibit and the gallery's importance in the art life of the times. He recalls John Gruen, Richard Stankiewicz, Miles Forst, Jan Muller, Myron Stout, and Thomas Hess.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Richard Bellamy, 1963. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding:
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:
Richard Bellamy (1927-1998) was an art dealer from New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art's 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:
Art dealers
Art galleries, Commercial
Cooperative societies
Interviews
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12418
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212001
AAA_collcode_bellam63
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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