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Oral history interview with Louis Kaufman, 1985 Feb. 15

view Oral history interview with Louis Kaufman, 1985 Feb. 15 digital asset number 1
Interviewee:
Kaufman, Louis, 1905-1994
Interviewer:
Cloudman, Ruth Howard, 1948-
Subject:
Avery, Milton
Avery, Sally Michel
Berkman, Aaron
Burliuk, David
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel)
Gottlieb, Adolph
Graham, John D. (John Dabrowsky)
Kumpt, Mary
Rothko, Mark
Zborowski, Mark
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
Sound recording: 3 cassettes : analog.
Transcript: 20 p.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Summary:
An interview of Louis Kaufman conducted 1985 Feb. 15, by Ruth Howard Cloudman, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project.
Kaufman, a great friend and patron of Milton Avery, recalls introducing Mark Rothko to Avery. He describes his memories of Rothko, including a discussion of Rothko's knowledge of art history and his interest in the French avant-garde. Much of the interview concerns Milton Avery, including Kaufman's interest in his work as a collector, the group of artists surrounding Avery, and Avery's influence upon Kaufman as a musician. He also recalls visits to Louis Eilshemius. Kaufman recalls Mary Kumpt, Aaron Berkman, Sally Avery, David Burliuk, John Graham, Zborowski, Adolf Gottlieb, Louis Elishemius, and others.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Louis Kaufman, 1985 Feb. 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available on-line.
Funding:
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service. Funding for the interview was provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation.
Biography Note:
Louis Kaufman (1905-1994) was an art collector and musician.
Provenance:
This interview was conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and his Times oral history project, with funding provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation. Others interviewed on the project (by various interviewers) include: Sonia Allen, Sally Avery, Ben-Zion, Bernard Braddon, Ernest Briggs, Rhys Caparn, Elaine de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Esther Gottlieb, Juliette Hays, Sidney Janis, Buffie Johnson, Jacob Kainen, Jack Kufeld, Katharine Kuh, Stanley Kunitz, Joseph Liss, Dorothy Miller, Betty Parsons, Wallace Putnam, Rebecca Reis, Maurice Roth, Sidney Schectman, Aaron Siskind, Joseph Solman, Hedda Sterne, Jack Tworkov, Esteban Vicente and Ed Weinstein. Each has been cataloged separately.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Interviews
Sound recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12497
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215635
AAA_collcode_Kaufma85
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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