Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Al Held conducted 1975 Nov. 19-1976 Jan. 8, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Held discusses his childhood; studying at the Art Students League; going to Paris for three years to study painting on the G.I. bill in the 1950's; experiences as a painter in N.Y. during the 1960's; the stages of his artistic development; his artistic philosophy; techniques; teaching painting classes at Yale since the 1960's; and his one man show at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1974.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Al Held, 1975 Nov. 19-1976 Jan. 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
Al Held (1928-2005) is a painter from New York, N.Y. Studied at the Art Students League. Teaches at Yale University School of Art.
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.
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