Oral history interview with John Ollman, 1990 Mar. 15
Ollman, John E., 1942-
Kirwin, Liza, 1957-
Hemphill, Herbert Waide
Cavin Morris Gallery
Janet Fleisher Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Phyllis Kind Gallery
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Transcript: 90 p.
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 34 min.
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Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
An interview of John Ollman conducted 1990 Mar. 15, by Liza Kirwin for the Archives of American Art Philadelphia Project.
Ollman speaks of his studies at the Philadelphia College of Art and at Indiana University before becoming director of the Janet Fleisher Gallery; the gallery's change of focus towards American Art, specifically the work of folk and self-taught artists, and visionary artists. He discusses the changes in collecting over the past twenty years; collectors, such as Bert Hemphill; trends in collecting; artists whose work he has sold; other galleries with which he has worked, including the Phyllis Kind and Cavin Morris Galleries.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with John Ollman, 1990 Mar. 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript: microfilm reel 4778 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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.
John E. Ollman (1942- ) is an art dealer from Philadelphia, Pa.
This interview is 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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001