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Interviewee:
Asher, Betty M., 1914-1994  Search this
Asher, Betty M., 1914-1994  Search this
Interviewer:
Garver, Thomas H.  Search this
Subject:
Blum, Irving  Search this
Landau, Felix  Search this
Robles, Esther  Search this
Tuchman, Maurice  Search this
Asher & Faure  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place of publication, production, or execution:
California
Physical Description:
59 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav file. Duration is 3 hr., 30 min.
Summary:
An interview of Betty M. Asher conducted 1980 June 30 and 1980 July 7, by Thomas H. Garver, for the Archives of American Art.<br /> Asher speaks of her family; education; her marriage to Dr. Leonard Asher; buying her first prints and painting from the Associated American Artists Gallery; and early purchases at the Little, Bowinkle, and Green Galleries in Los Angeles. She discusses her interest in abstract expressionism; buying art in Mexico and New York; dealers including Irving Blum, Virginia Dwan, Paul Kantor, Felix Landau, Ernest Raboff, Esther Robles, and Ileana Sonnabend; activities and members of the Modern and Contemporary Art Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; her work for Maurice Tuchman; Walter Hopps and the Pasadena Art Museum; and exhibitions and funding of the Asher/Faure Gallery.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Betty M. Asher, 1980 June 30 and 1980 July 7. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Funding:
This interview was made possible by funds from the California Arts Council, The L.J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation, and the Bothin Helping Fund. 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.
Biography Note:
Betty M. Asher (1914-1994) was an art collector and art dealer of Beverly Hills, California.
Language Note:
English .
Provenance:
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.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Women art dealers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Art dealers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12547
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211936
AAA_collcode_asher80
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211936