Part of this interview was inadvertently recorded over by the interviewer.
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Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Ivan C. Karp conducted 1963 Oct. 18, by Richard Brown Baker, for the Archives of American Art.
The interview focuses on Karp's time as co-director of the Hansa Gallery from 1956 to 1958. Karp talks about the general character and co-operative structure of the gallery; its mailing list and operation practices; how it located new talent; its sales; its location; critics and collectors who visited the gallery; coverage of the gallery in the art and general press; the make-up of its membership and his co-director Richard Bellamy. He discusses artists who were affiliated with the gallery: Richard Stankiewicz; Jane Wilson; Jan Müller; George Segal; Jean Follett; Myron Stout; Lilly Brody: Allan Kaprow; Miles Force; and Fay Lansner. He also mentions unaffiliated artist who exhibited in group shows at Hansa: Alfred Lesie, Robert Richenburg, Walasse Ting and the New Sculpture Group. Collectors mentioned are Horace Richter, Charles Carpenter and Liz Parkinson [ph].
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ivan C. Karp, 1963 Oct. 18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Ivan C. Karp (1926-) is an art dealer from New York, N.Y. Worked at the Hansa Gallery two seasons under Richard Bellamy. Later became director of the O.K. Harris Gallery.
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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