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Collection Creator:
Lawrence P. Fraiberg Productions  Search this
2.4 Linear feet (Boxes 1-3)
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Series contains 30 videocassettes (U-matic) made for the State of the Arts television series pilot created in 1979. Footage from the production of four separate stories are found, including a staged debate on modernism in art between Martin Abend and Peter Fengesten at the Museum of Modern Art, a story on the economics of art with interviews of artists and gallerists, documentation of a collaboration between sound artist Liz Phillips and video artist Nam June Paik, and a story on the 1979 retrospective of George Segal, shot during its exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Video shot for the "Economics of Art" story includes candid interviews regarding how money is spent and made in the contemporary art market of 1979, including as interview subjects Ivan Karp, Tom Drysdale, Rick Derman, Cosmo Campoli, Joan Thorne, Holly Solomon, Marcia Tucker, and Barbara Rose. Interviews with Liz Phillips, Nam June Paik, and George Segal are found in the unedited footage of their respective stories. In addition to interviews, unedited footage contains staged interactions and sequences, footage of studios and galleries, artists and gallerists at work, and footage of a 1979 opening at the OK Harris gallery. Edited versions of the "Economics of Art" story, the Liz Phillips and Nam June Paik collaboration, and the George Segal retrospective story are also found at the end of each group. Handwritten notes containing lists of questions asked in interviews are found for the OK Harris Gallery Interviews and the Marcia Tucker interview at the New Museum, and a list of visual shots is found for the George Segal story describing the Whitney Museum footage.
Videocassettes are arranged by story subject.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
Authorization to quote or reproduce for purposes of publication requires written permission from Ted Cavanu, Rick Derman and Barry Nolan. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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Collection Citation:
State of the Arts Videorecordings, 1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
AAA.frailawr, Series 1
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State of the arts videorecordings
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art