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Oral history interview with Virginia Dwan, 1984 March 21-June 7

Interviewee:
Dwan, Virginia, 1931-
Interviewer:
Stuckey, Charles F.
Subject:
Andre, Carl
Arman
De Maria, Walter
Guston, Philip
Heizer, Michael
Kienholz, Edward
Klein, Yves
Kline, Franz
LeWitt, Sol
Rauschenberg, Robert
Reinhardt, Ad
Ryman, Robert
Smithson, Robert
Snelson, Kenneth
Tinguely, Jean
Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Dwan Gallery (New York, N.Y.)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 192 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 10 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 19 digital wav file. Duration is 11 hr., 20 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Use requires an appointment.
Summary:
An interview of Virginia Dwan conducted 1984 March 21-June 7, by Charles F. Stuckey, for the Archives of American Art.
Dwan speaks of her background and education; her early interest in art; starting her gallery in 1959 in Los Angeles; the early days of her gallery; the development of her circle of artists; early shows; financing the gallery; "shopping" for art and artists; public and critical reaction to her gallery's shows; the decision to go to New York, and getting established there; making decisions about what to show; collectors; the closing of the Dwan Gallery; and her life since. She also relates anecdotes about the creation and execution of Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" and reminisces about numerous artists with whom she was associated, including: Jean Tinguely, Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Ed Kienholz, Philip Guston, Arman, Robert Smithson, Franz Kline, Kenneth Snelson, Carl Andre, Sol Lewitt, Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, and Robert Ryman.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Virginia Dwan, 1984 March 21-June 7. 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.
Use Note:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: Virginia Dwan, c/o of Anne Kovach, Virginia Dwan Collection/Dwan Gallery Archives, 1 West 72nd St., #32 New York, N.Y. 10023. Phone: 212/724-1613; Fax: 212/496-6438; dwanart@aol.com.
Biography Note:
Virginia Dwan (1931- ) is an art dealer from New York, New York.
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 dealers
Art galleries, Commercial
Interviews
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12911
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212277
AAA_collcode_dwan84
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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