Oral history interview with Ivan C. Karp, 1986 April 17-1988 October 18
Karp, Ivan C., 1926-2012
Leo Castelli Gallery
OK Harris Works of Art (Gallery: New York, N.Y.)
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3 sound cassettes.
Transcript: 87 pages
An interview of Ivan C. Karp conducted 1986 April 17-1988 October 18, by Ronny Cohen for the Archives of American Art.
Karp discusses his background, working at the Leo Castelli Gallery from 1959 to 1969; the process of opening the OK Harris Gallery in 1969 in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City; his perception of art collectors and the nature of art collecting; the New York art scene from the 1960s through the 1980s; how art work is priced; artists he considers to be overvalued; and how one knows which art works have value. He mentions Leo Castelli, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, David Salle, Mark Rothko and Anselm Kiefer.
Paul Henry Brach (painter, New York, New York) joins the discussion on the third tape recorded on October 18, 1988.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ivan C. Karp, 1986 April 17-1988 October 18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Transcript available on line at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/karp86.htm
Ivan C. Karp (1926-2012) was an art dealer and director of the OK Harris Gallery, New York, New York.
This interview is 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 administrators.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001