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Adams, Clinton, 1918-2002  Search this
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Tamarind Institute  Search this
Tamarind Lithography Workshop  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles -- Faculty  Search this
Altoon, John, 1925-  Search this
Delano, Annita, 1894-  Search this
Edmondson, Leonard, 1916-  Search this
Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978  Search this
Johnston, Ynez, 1920-  Search this
Kistler, Lynton R., , 1897-1993  Search this
Langsner, Jules, 1911-1967  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Price, Vincent, 1911-1993  Search this
Scholder, Fritz, 1937-2005  Search this
149 Pages (Transcript)
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1995 August 2-3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Clinton Adams conducted 1995 August 2-3, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, at his home, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Adams discusses his family background; involvement in Hollywood "industry"; teaching at University of California, Los Angeles; service during WWII; first contact with New York's Museum of Modern Art; his decision to return to California; teaching painting at UCLA from 1946-1954, and friends and colleagues at that time including Lorser Feitelson, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Lynton R. Kistler and Annita Delano; the difficult political situation at UCLA and the "modernist" conflicts; his views on modernist and conservative groups; Stanton Macdonald-Wright; Adams' own work; his relationship to the ideas and nature of modernism; the Sanity in Art group and other art groups in Los Angeles; his opinion on which artists should have been included in the exhibition/catalogue "Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists"; his observations on art historical constructs; the history of New Mexican art; the idea of regionalism; the mythology of Santa Fe, New Mexico.; Southwestern art; the Tamarind Lithography Workshop during its New Mexico phase, its background and changes after the move from Los Angeles to the University of New Mexico, his fifteen years as director, major artists involved, and his desire to publish overlooked artists. Adams recalls Fritz Scholder, John Altoon, Leonard Edmondson, Ynez Johnston, Vincent Price, Jules Langsner, and Rico Lebrun.
Biographical / Historical:
Clinton Adams (1918-2002) was a printmaker, painter, and art administrator of Los Angeles, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 16 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 28 min.
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 others. Funding for the transcription provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance.
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Arts administrators -- New Mexico -- Albuquerque -- Interviews  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews  Search this
Printmakers -- New Mexico -- Albuquerque -- Interviews  Search this
Prints -- Technique  Search this
Sound recordings
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Archives of American Art