Oral history interview with Robert Richenburg, 1968 August 27
Richenburg, Robert, 1917-2006
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994
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Transcript: 11 pages
Sound quality is poor; worsens mid-interview. Originally recorded on 1 sound tape. Reformated in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 59 min.
An interview of Robert Richenburg conducted 1968 August 27, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Richenburg speaks of the evolution of his work through experimentation with different materials and processes; his time teaching at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; his views on young artists and the arts scene in New York City at the time, including Funk art, Pop art and Minimalism; his use of temporal materials and replaceable parts in his work to express his idea that "Living itself has to do with participating in the rhythms of growth and the rhythms of change." He also speaks of his work criticizing the Vietnam War.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert Richenburg, 1968 August 27. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Robert Richenburg (1917-2006) was a painter and sculptor from Ithaca, N.Y.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001