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Oral history interview with George McNeil, 1965 June 3

view Oral history interview with George McNeil, 1965 June 3 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
McNeil, George, 1908-1995
Interviewer:
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994
Subject:
Cavallon, Giorgio
De Kooning, Willem
Dehner, Dorothy
Dlugoszewski, Lucia
Gorky, Arshile
Hofmann, Hans
Hopper, Jo N. (Josephine Nivison),
Kline, Franz
Levy, Edgar
Manso, Leo
Matulka, Jan
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice)
Pollock, Jackson
Reinhardt, Ad
Rothko, Mark
Smith, David
Tworkov, Jack
Vytlacil, Vaclav
American Abstract Artists
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Pratt Institute.Art School
United States.Work Projects Administration
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
Transcript: 18 p.
General Note:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tapes. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 49 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Summary:
An interview of George McNeil conducted by Dorothy Seckler for the Archives of American Art. McNeil speaks of his childhood and his family; becoming interested in art during high school; attending Pratt Institute, and not being satisfied there; deciding to drop out of Pratt after attending a lecture from Vaclav Vytlacil; going to the Metropolitan Museum every day drawing and analyzing paintings; meeting Arshile Gorky while at the Metropolitan Museum; attending the Art Students League; studying with Hans Hofmann; the start of the American Abstract Artists; his involvement in the WPA's mural project; attending Teachers College at Columbia before joining the Navy; re-entering the New York art scene during the forties and liking it very much; meeting and being influenced by Pollock; his views on the state of painting; how his work has evolved; the various stages in the way a painting developed for him; how The Club and the Eighth Street Club has influenced him; the ideas discussed at The Club, and how he feels surrealism was not a big influence on them; Jackson Pollock's influence on abstract expressionism; artists he admires or has admired; and his thoughts on the contemporary art scene. He recalls Vaclav Vytlacil, Arshile Gorky, Jan Matulka, David Smith, Dorothy Dehner, Edgar Levy, Leo Manso, Burgoyne Diller, Irene Rice Pereira, Hans Hofmann, Jo Hopper, Giorgio Cavallon, Linda Lindaberg (Cavallon), Mercedes Kahls, George Byron Brown, Albert Swinden, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollack, Franz Kline, Jack Tworkov, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko, and many others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with George McNeil, 1965 June 3. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
George McNeil (1908-1995) was a painter and a printmaker in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Provenance:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Abstract expressionism
Art
Art, American
Interviews
Mural painting and decoration
Painters
Painting
Printmakers
Sound recordings
Surrealism
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13160
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214125
AAA_collcode_mcneil65
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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