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Oral history interview with Nell Blaine, 1967 June 15

Interviewee:
Blaine, Nell Blair Walden, 1922-1996
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994
Subject:
Bell, Leland
Day, Worden
Freilicher, Jack
Freilicher, Jane
Hofmann, Hans
Kahn, Wolf
Kresch, Albert
Rivers, Larry
Ross, Alvin
Solomon, Hyde
American Abstract Artists
Jane Street Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
Transcript: 37 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr.
Summary:
An interview of Nell Blaine conducted 1967 June 15, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Blaine speaks of her family background; her competitive spirit; commercial art; becoming a "disciple" of Hans Hofmann; Hofmann as a teacher; the influence of Arp, Helion, Leger and Mondrian; the American Abstract Artists group; the Jane Street Gallery; jazz musicians; painting in Paris, Italy, Mexico, Greece, England, and elsewhere; her paralysis caused by polio; design work with Alvin H. Ross; her interest in color and light; landscape and figurative paintings; and the contemporary art scene. She recalls Leland Bell, Worden Day, Jane and Jack Freilicher, Wolf Kahn, Albert Kresch, Larry Rivers, Hyde Solomon, and others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Nell Blaine, 1967 June 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Nell Blaine (1922-1996) was a painter in New York, New York.
Provenance:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Interviews
Painters
Sound recordings
Women artists
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12436
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212221
AAA_collcode_blaine67
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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