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Oral history interview with Robert Blackburn, 1970 December 4

Interviewee:
Blackburn, Robert Hamilton, 1920-2003
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-
Subject:
Barnet, Will
Francis, Sam
Grosman, Tatyana
Harrison, Wallace
Hartigan, Grace
Lawrence, Jacob
Rauschenberg, Robert
Vytlacil, Vaclav
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 52 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 28 min.
Summary:
An interview of Robert Blackburn conducted 1970 December 4, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Blackburn speaks of his early life in Jamaica and New York; the influences of his youth including school, gangs, religion, art, music, and culture; the Harlem Community Art Center; studying with Charles Alston; the difficulties suffered by blacks trying to gain recognition in a white-dominated art world; attending the Art Students League and studying under Vaclav Vytlacil and Will Barnet; his work with children; his film work at the Harmon Foundation; financial problems; the Printmaking Workshop; attending New York University's School of Visual Arts and the Cooper Union School; blacks in the arts; and the influence of music on his paintings. He recalls Jacob Lawrence, Will Barnet, Vaclav Vytlacil, Wallace Harrison, Tatyana Grosman, Grace Hartigan, Sam Francis, and Robert Rauschenberg.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert Blackburn, 1970 December 4. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Robert Blackburn (1920-) was a printmaker from New York, 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:
African American artists
Art and race
Interviews
Printmakers
Prints
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11446
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212074
AAA_collcode_blackb70
Theme:
African American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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