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Oral history interview with Tom Wesselmann, 1984 January 3-February 8

view Oral history interview with Tom Wesselmann, 1984 January 3-February 8 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Wesselmann, Tom, 1931-2004
Interviewer:
Sandler, Irving, 1925-
Subject:
Dine, Jim
Katz, Alex
Tanager Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Physical Description:
Transcript: 196 pages
Audio excerpt: 1 sound file (5 min., 12 sec.) : digital
General Note:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 37 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Tom Wesselmann conducted 1984 January 3-1984 February 8, by Irving Sandler, for the Archives of American Art.
Wesselmann speaks of his family, childhood and education; his U.S. Army service; his early interest in art and drawing; the influence of humor; going to the Cooper Union School on the GI bill; artists who influenced him in his early career; experiences which changed him; early experiments with collage; his first awareness of pop art; collage technique; his affiliation with the Tanager Gallery; his early nudes; eroticism in his paintings; politics and art. He recalls Alex Katz and Jim Dine.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Tom Wesselmann, 1984 January 3-February 8. 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:
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) was a painter from New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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:
Collage
Collagists
Interviews
Nude in art
Painters
Pop art
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12439
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212174
AAA_collcode_wessel84
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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