An interview of Peter J. Grippe conducted 1968 August 27, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Grippe speaks of abstract expressionist and surrealists artists; abstract expressionist style in the 1940s; his approach to sculpture; printmaking; collaboration between printmakers and poets in the 1950s; working with terra cotta; making pottery and selling it to make a living; teaching at Brandeis University; working with armatures; being invited to join "The Pictograph Movement;" exhibitions at the Willard Gallery; City of Desolation; the Bounty series; the "9th Street Art Exhibition;" and travelling to Europe on a Guggenheim Fellowship. Grippe recalls Theodoros Stamos, David Smith, Louise Bourgeois, André Masson, Seymour Lipton, Herbert Ferber, Arshile Gorky, Roberto Matta, Edward Alden Jewell, Barney Newman, Julio Gonzalez, Pablo Picasso, Leo Castelli, James Rosati, Matt Gorelli, Hans Hofmann, Ibram Lassaw, Robert Motherwell, Alfred Barr, Richard Lippold, Sidney Gordin, Grace Borgenicht, Theo van Doesburg, Robert Mondrian, Auguste Rodin, Jean-Baptiste Carapeaux, William Stanley Hayter, Dylan Thomas, Frank O'Hara, Esteban Vicenti, Louise Nevelson, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Peter Grippe (1912-2002) was a sculptor and printmaker from Newton, Massachusetts.
Sound quality is poor.
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 51 min.
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.