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Oral history interview with Virginia Dwan, 1984 March 21-June 7

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Dwan, Virginia, 1931-  Search this
Stuckey, Charles F.  Search this
Andre, Carl  Search this
Arman  Search this
De Maria, Walter  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Heizer, Michael  Search this
Kienholz, Edward  Search this
Klein, Yves  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
LeWitt, Sol  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Ryman, Robert  Search this
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Snelson, Kenneth  Search this
Tinguely, Jean  Search this
Dwan Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
192 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded on 10 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 19 digital wav file. Duration is 11 hr., 20 min.
Access Note / Rights:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
An interview of Virginia Dwan conducted 1984 March 21-June 7, by Charles F. Stuckey, for the Archives of American Art.
Dwan speaks of her background and education; her early interest in art; starting her gallery in 1959 in Los Angeles; the early days of her gallery; the development of her circle of artists; early shows; financing the gallery; "shopping" for art and artists; public and critical reaction to her gallery's shows; the decision to go to New York, and getting established there; making decisions about what to show; collectors; the closing of the Dwan Gallery; and her life since. She also relates anecdotes about the creation and execution of Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" and reminisces about numerous artists with whom she was associated, including: Jean Tinguely, Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Ed Kienholz, Philip Guston, Arman, Robert Smithson, Franz Kline, Kenneth Snelson, Carl Andre, Sol Lewitt, Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, and Robert Ryman.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Virginia Dwan, 1984 March 21-June 7. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
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Biography Note:
Virginia Dwan (1931- ) is an art dealer from New York, New York.
Language Note:
English .
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
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Archives of American Art