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Oral history interview with George McNeil, 1968 Jan. 9-May 21

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Interviewee:
McNeil, George, 1908-1995
Interviewer:
Sandler, Irving, 1925-
Subject:
Bolotowsky, Ilya
Davis, Stuart
De Kooning, Willem
Dlugoszewski, Lucia
Gallatin, A. E. (Albert Eugene)
Gorky, Arshile
Gottlieb, Adolph
Graham, John D. (John Dabrowsky)
Harari, Hananiah
Hélion, Jean
Hofmann, Hans
Kandinsky, Wassily
Levy, Edgar
Léger, Fernand
Manso, Leo
Marin, John
Matter, Mercedes
Matulka, Jan
Miró, Joan
Morris, George L. K. (George Lovett Kingsland)
Motherwell, Robert Burns
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice)
Rosenborg, Ralph M.
Rothko, Mark
Shaw, Charles Green
Smith, David
Vytlacil, Vaclav
American Abstract Artists
United States.Work Projects Administration
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
Transcript: 82 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hrs., 14 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Summary:
An interview of George McNeil conducted 1968 Jan. 9-May 21, by Irving Sandler, for the Archives of American Art. McNeil speaks of why he became interested in art; his early influences; becoming interested in modern art after attending lectures by Vaclav Vytlacil; meeting Arshile Gorky; the leading figures in modern art during the 1930s; his interest in Cézanne; studying with Jan Matulka and Hans Hofmann; his experiences with the WPA; the modern artists within the WPA; the American Abstract Artists (A.A.A.); a group of painters oriented to Paris called The Ten; how there was an anti-surrealism attitude, and a surrealist would not have been permitted in A.A.A; what the A.A.A. constituted as abstract art; a grouping within the A.A.A. called the Concretionists; his memories of Léger; how he assesses the period of the 1930s; the importance of Cubism; what he thinks caused the decline of A.A.A.; how he assesses the period of the 1940s; his stance on form and the plastic values in art; his thoughts on various artists; the importance of The Club; the antipathy to the School of Paris after the war; how Impressionism was considered in the 40s and 50s; slides of his paintings from 1937 to 1962, and shows how he developed as an artist; the problems of abstract expressionism; organic and geometric form; the schisms in different art groups due to politics; his teaching techniques; why he feels modern painting declined after 1912; the quality of A.A.A. works; stretching his canvases, and the sizes he uses; his recent works, and his approaches to painting. He recalls Vaclav Vytlacil, Hans Hofmann; Arshile Gorky, John Graham, Jan Matulka, John Marin, Wassily Kandinsky, Mercedes Carles Matter, Albert Swinden, Fernand Léger, Stuart Davis, Burgoyne Diller, David Smith, Edgar Levy, Leo Manso, Irene Rice Pereira, Willem de Kooning, Ilya Bolotowsky, Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, George L.K. Morris, Albert Gallatin, Charles Shaw, John Ferrin, Ralph Rosenborg, Hananiah Harari, Agnes Lyall, Jean Helion, and many others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with George McNeil, 1968 Jan. 9-May 21. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
George McNeil (1908-1995) was a painter and printmaker 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:
Abstract expressionism
Art
Art
Art, American
Cubism
Impressionism (Art)
Interviews
Painters
Painting
Printmakers
Sound recordings
Surrealism
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11761
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212878
AAA_collcode_mcneil68
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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