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Oral history interview with Robert Scull, 1972 June 15-28

view Oral history interview with Robert Scull, 1972 June 15-28 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Scull, Robert C., 1917-1986
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-
Subject:
Andrejevic, Milet
Bellamy, Richard
De Maria, Walter
Di Suvero, Mark
Heizer, Michael
Johns, Jasper
Karp, Ivan C.
Kline, Franz
Leslie, Alfred
Newman, Barnett
Rosenquist, James
Rutherford, Judith
Segal, George
Warhol, Andy
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 69 pages.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 28 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Use requires an appointment.
Summary:
Interview of Robert Scull conducted by 1972 June 15-28, Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Scull speaks of his early life and education in New York City; attending night classes at the Art Students League; the importance of museum visits; becoming assistant art director for Saks 34th Street; financially successful ventures; the start of his collection in 1954; his criteria for acquisition; his relationships with artists; the pop art scene; portraits of Scull by various artists; the effects of publicity surrounding his collection; his interest in the future of art; the disposition of his collection; critics; relationships with dealers and museums.
He recalls Barnett Newman, Richard Bellamy, Franz Kline, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Andy Warhol, Alfred Leslie, Ivan Karp, Mark Di Suvero, Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, Milet Andrejevic, and Judith Rutherford.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert Scull, 1972 June 15-28. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Robert Scull (1917-1986) was a collector from New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Interviews
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13278
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212103
AAA_collcode_scull72
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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