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Oral history interview with Reuben Nakian, 1981 June 9-17

view Oral history interview with Reuben Nakian, 1981 June 9-17 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986
Interviewer:
Berman, Avis, 1949-
Subject:
Brancusi, Constantin
Duchamp, Marcel
Dudensing, F. Valentine
French, Daniel Chester
Hague, Raoul
Halpert, Edith Gregor
Lachaise, Gaston
Manship, Paul Howard
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)
Zorach, William
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Connecticut
Physical Description:
Transcript: 105 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hrs., 15 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Reuben Nakian conducted 1981 June 9-17, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art.
Nakian speaks of his childhood, growing up in New York City; his early interest in art; early ventures in sculpture; working for Paul Manship; meeting Daniel Chester French; teaching; early influences; his European travels; techniques and materials; the relationship of artists and suffering; his portrait busts of other artists; dealers he has been affiliated with, including Edith Halpert and Valentine Dudensing; animal sculptures; his Babe Ruth sculpture; critical and public reaction to his work. He recalls Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp, Raoul Hague, William Zorach, Gaston Lachaise, and J. B. Neumann. The third voice heard on the tape is that of Nakian's assistant, Don Ross, who helps prompt Nakian to recall certain incidents.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Reuben Nakian, 1981 June 9-17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available online.
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. Funding for this interview was provided by the Wyeth Endowment for American Art.
Biography Note:
Reuben Nakian (1897-1986) was a sculptor from Stamford, Conn.
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, American
Interviews
Sculptors
Sculpture
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11707
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212940
AAA_collcode_nakian81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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