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Interview with Wolfgang Becker, Interview with Rolf Ricke and Interview with an unnamed German gallerist

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Becker, Wolfgang, 1936-  Search this
Herrera, Hayden  Search this
Ricke, Rolf  Search this
Sound Recording
1984 October 26
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No place, unknown, or undetermined
Physical Description:
1 sound cassette ; 3 hr., 9 min., 4 sec.
Recordings stop and start. First, Hayden Herrera interviews Wolfgang Becker. Discussion topics include Becker's career as a museum curator, Peter Ludwig as art patron and art collector, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany and Ludwig Forum for International Art in Aachen, Germany, art collectors, pop art, comparing Giuseppe Panza's and Peter Ludwig's ways of purchasing art, German artists' attitudes toward American art in the eighties, and German art museum system: city museums, state museums, national museums. People mentioned include Peter Ludwig, Irene Ludwig, Wolfgang Hahn, Sidney Janis, Leo Castelli, Ivan Karp, Giuseppe Panza. --- The second interview is with Rolf Ricke. Discussion topics include reception of American art in Germany and Europe after World War II, German art movements in addition to expressionism, exporting German art to the United States. --- The last recording is Hayden Herrera's interview with an unnamed man, a German gallerist and art collector. Discussion topics are wide-ranging and include the interviewee's views on modern American art, German public's reactions to modern art after World War II, interviewee's frequent visits to New York, his experiences with bringing American modern art to Germany and cooperating with artists. Numerous American and German artists are mentioned. Recordings: Tape 01, and Tape 02, Side 01 until 00:28:42 Hayden Herrera interviews Wolfgang Becker. The Becker recording is interrupted by Hayden Herrera's interview with Rolf Ricke until 00:35:13. Becker's interview continues 00:35:14 and concludes at the end of Tape 02, Side 01. Tape 02, Side 02 Hayden Herrera interviews an unnamed man, who is a German gallerist and art collector.
Wolfgang Becker and Hayden Herrera. Interview with Wolfgang Becker, Interview with Rolf Ricke and Interview with an unnamed German gallerist, 1984 October 26. Hayden Herrera papers, 1926-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
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