Oral history interview with Luis Jimenez, 1985 Dec. 15-17
Jimenez, Luis A. (Alfonso), 1940-2006
Ossorio, Alfonso A.
University of Texas
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Sound recording: 2 sound cassettes
Transcript: 124 p.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Luis Jimenez conducted 1985 Dec. 15-17, by Peter Bermingham, in Tuscon, Ariz., for the Archives of American Art.
Jimenez speaks of his family and ancestral background; his father's artistic ability and work as a neon sign maker; starting out in the architecture program at the University of Texas, and later changing to the art program; moving to New York City, and getting his sculpture career started there; meeting and working with Seymour Lipton; selling his work and getting established in galleries; the inspirations for and the development of some of his pieces; the influence of pop art; returning to the Southwest; the importance and influence of his Mexican ancestry; personal images and reflections in his work. He recalls Alfonso Ossorio.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Luis Jimenez, 1985 Dec. 15-17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The digital preservation of this interview received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Luis Jimenez (1940-2006) was a sculptor from Hondo, N.M. Born in El Paso, Tex.
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.
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