Oral history interview with Robert Carlen, 1985 June 28-July 16
Carlen, Robert, 1906-1990
Barnes, Albert C. (Albert Coombs),
Potamkin, Meyer P.
Potamkin, Vivian Orleans
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Transcript: 67 pages
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 50 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Robert Carlen conducted 1985 June 28-July 16, by Catherine Stover, for the Archives of American Art.
Carlen speaks of his early life including his studies at the Graphic Sketch Club and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; opening his gallery in 1937; the early years of the gallery; paintings he discovered over the years; collectors he worked with, including Albert Barnes and Meyer and Vivian Potamkin; other dealers; refugee artists; and the Philadelphia art scene.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert Carlen, 1985 June 28-July 16. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line.
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.
Robert Carlen (1906-1990) was an art dealer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art 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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001