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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:
Albers, Josef
Bader, Franz
Brooks, James
Cage, John
Cunningham, Merce
Davis, Gene
De Kooning, Elaine
De Kooning, Willem
Denney, Alice
Dorrance, Nesta
Downing, Thomas
Duncan, Augustin
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster),
Gabo, Naum
Gilliam, Sam
Gorky, Agnes
Gorky, Arshile
Graham, John D. (John Dabrowsky)
Guston, Philip
Halle, Kay
Hare, David
Helburn, Theresa
Johnson, Ray
Kennedy, Kit
Kiesler, Frederick
Kinney, Gilbert H.
Krasner, Lee
Lassaw, Ibram
Leopold, Richard
Louis, Morris
Magruder, Esther
Merrill, Kevin
Nelson, Wretha
Nevelson, Louise
Newman, Bonnie
Noland, Kenneth
Ozenfant, Amédée
Pace, Stephen S.
Parsons, Betty
Penn, Arthur
Phillips, Duncan
Pollock, Jackson
Rauschenberg, Robert
Renault, Jean
Richman, Robert
Russo, Alexander
Sheridan, Walt
Sherman, Saul
Snelson, Kenneth
Soyer, Moses
Soyer, Raphael
Sweeney, James Johnson
Thomas, Dylan
Truitt, Anne Dean
Warhol, Andy
Yektai, Manoucher
Youngerman, Jack
Betty Parsons Gallery
Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)
David Herbert Gallery
Institute of Contemporary Arts (Washington, D.C.)
Jefferson Place 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:
Art, American
Interviews
Painters
Sculptors
Sound recordings
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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