Oral history interview with Robert Arneson, 1981 August 14-15
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992
Wildenhain, Marguerite Friedlaender
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Transcript: 96 pages.
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 11 min. Sound quality is poor.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Robert Arneson conducted 1981 August 14-15, by Mady Jones, for the Archives of American Art.
Arneson speaks of his family background, teaching himself to draw by copying comic strips, his early interest in commercial art and discovering ceramics. He discusses, teaching ceramics to high school students, his philosophy of teaching; and the influence of Peter Voulkos and the shift toward abstract expressionism and Pop art. He reminisces about the first exhibit of his work; getting established in galleries; teaching ceramics at the University of California, Davis; his major exhibitions; and museum purchases of his work.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert Arneson, 1981 August 14-15. 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.
Robert Arneson (1930-1992) is a ceramic sculptor from Benicia, California.
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