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Oral history interview with Oscar Chelimsky, 1990 August 28-September 5

Interviewee:
Chelimsky, Oscar Paul, 1923-2010
Interviewer:
Plante, Michael
Subject:
Geist, Sidney
Hofmann, Hans
Keene, Paul F.
Kulicke, Robert M. (Robert Moore)
Olitski, Jules
Pollack, Reginald M.
Rivers, Haywood Bill
Gallerie Huit
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript 48 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 34 min.
Summary:
An interview of Oscar Chelimsky conducted 1990 August 28-September 5, by Michael Plante, for the Archives of American Art.
Chelimsky recalls his studies at Cooper Union, the Art Students League (1939-1943), and the Hans Hofmann School of Art (1946-1947) and describes Hofmann's teaching methods. Chelimsky discusses his decision to go to Paris in 1948; his brief studies at the Fontainebleu School and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere; his studio in Paris; the French attitude toward Americans in postwar Paris; a proposed exhibition of American painters in France at the Galerie des Beaux Arts in 1963; Americans exhibiting at the various salons and galleries in Paris; and the founding of the cooperative Galerie Huit and the artists involved including Bill Rivers, Jules Olitski, Reginald Pollack, Robert Kulicke, Sidney Geist, and Paul Keene. Chelimsky also discusses the evolution of his style, his move back to the United States in 1970, and his continuing investigation of the "open form" in his paintings.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Oscar Chelimsky, 1990 August 28-September 5. 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: Oscar Chelimsky, 4711 Village Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030.
Biography Note:
Oscar Chelimsky (1923-2010) was a painter.
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, Modern
Artists
Interviews
Painters
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12248
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213223
AAA_collcode_chelim90
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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