Oral history interview with Louise Nevelson, 1972 Jan. 30
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988
Glimcher, Arnold B., 1938-
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Transcript: 18 p.
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 46 min.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Louise Nevelson conducted 1972 Jan. 30, by Arnold Glimcher, for the Archives of American Art.
Nevelson speaks of her childhood aspirations to become an artist; critics and patrons; the New York art world in the 1930s through the mid-1950s; the role of women in art; preconceptions of masculine versus feminine styles; her materials and tools; her choice to create sculpture rather than paintings; the influence of American Indian and African art; city construction forms in her sculpture; and collectors and collecting.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Louise Nevelson, 1972 Jan. 30. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available online.
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.
Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001