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Oral history interview with V. V. Rankine, 1990 Mar. 2-22

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Interviewee:
Rankine, V. V., 1920-2004
Interviewer:
Kirwin, Liza, 1957-
Subject:
Duncan, Augustin
Pace, Stephen S.
Halle, Kay
Albers, Josef
Richman, Robert
Guston, Philip
Renault, Jean
De Kooning, Elaine
Phillips, Duncan
Penn, Arthur
Krasner, Lee
Warhol, Andy
Ozenfant, Amédée
Cage, John
Sheridan, Walt
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster),
Leopold, Richard
Nelson, Wretha
Graham, John D. (John Dabrowsky)
Thomas, Dylan
Russo, Alexander
Denney, Alice
Magruder, Esther
Sherman, Saul
Parsons, Betty
Noland, Kenneth
Dorrance, Nesta
Newman, Bonnie
Truitt, Anne Dean
Gabo, Naum
Yektai, Manoucher
Soyer, Moses
Kinney, Gilbert H.
Pollock, Jackson
Snelson, Kenneth
Gorky, Agnes
Davis, Gene
Sweeney, James Johnson
Hare, David
Louis, Morris
Merrill, Kevin
Bader, Franz
Lassaw, Ibram
Nevelson, Louise
Helburn, Theresa
Kennedy, Kit
Soyer, Raphael
Gilliam, Sam
Downing, Thomas
Johnson, Ray
De Kooning, Willem
Youngerman, Jack
Kiesler, Frederick
Gorky, Arshile
Brooks, James
Cunningham, Merce
Rauschenberg, Robert
Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
Institute of Contemporary Arts (Washington, D.C.)
Jefferson Place Gallery
Betty Parsons Gallery
David Herbert Gallery
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Transcript: 34 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformated in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 53 min.
Summary:
An interview of V. V. Rankine conducted 1990 Mar. 2-22, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art.
Rankine discusses the evolution of her nickname, V.V.; discovering her dyslexia; growing up in Boston; auditioning for a part in, "The Philadelphia Story"; her art studies with Amedee Ozenfant from 1944 to 1946; her studies at Black Mountain College with Josef Albers and Willem De Kooning in 1947; her friendship with Morris Louis and watching him work; living with her brother-in-law Arshile Gorky, in New York City; her first one-woman show at the David Herbert Gallery in New York in 1962; exhibiting at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York and at the Jefferson Place Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Robert Richman and the Institute of Contemporary Arts; the relationship between her painting and her sculpture; favorite shapes and materials; and her summer home in East Hampton and artist friends there. Rankine also recalls Robert Rauschenberg, Jack Youngerman, Manoucher Yektai, Betty Parsons, Ibram Lassaw, Buckminster Fuller, Elaine De Kooning, Arthur Penn, Richard Leopold, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Ken Noland, Morris Louis, Ray Johnson, Kenneth Snelson, David Hare, Frederick Kiesler, Raphael Soyer, Moses Soyer, Jean Renault, Agnes Gorky, Esther Magruder, James Johnson Sweeney, Jim Brooks, John Graham, Phillip Guston, Duncan Phillips, Theresa Helburn, Augustine Duncan, Tom Downing, Gene Davis, Alice Denney, Nesta Dorrance, Kevin Merrill, Sam Gilliam, Dylan Thomas, Kay Halle, Kit Kennedy, Naum Gabo, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Anne Truitt, Wretha Nelson, Franz Bader, Louise Nevelson, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Bonnie Newman, Alexander Russo, Walt Sheridan, Gilbert Kinney, Saul Sherman, Steve Pace, Lee Krasner, and others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with V. V. Rankine, 1990 Mar. 2-22. 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.
Biography Note:
V.V. Rankine (1920-2004) was a painter and sculptor from Washington, D.C. Variable forms of the artist's name are notably E. R. (Elvine Richard) Rankine, Vivian Scott Rankine, and her married name, Mrs. Paul Scott.
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:
Sound recordings
Art, American
Sculptors
Painters
Interviews
Women artists
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12937
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213467
AAA_collcode_rankin90
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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