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Rankine, V. V., 1920-2004  Search this
Rankine, V. V., 1920-2004  Search this
Kirwin, Liza, 1957-  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Bader, Franz  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Cunningham, Merce  Search this
Davis, Gene  Search this
De Kooning, Elaine  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Denney, Alice  Search this
Dorrance, Nesta  Search this
Duncan, Augustin  Search this
Downing, Thomas  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster)  Search this
Gabo, Naum  Search this
Gilliam, Sam  Search this
Gorky, Arshile  Search this
Gorky, Agnes  Search this
Graham, John  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Halle, Kay  Search this
Hare, David  Search this
Helburn, Theresa  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Kennedy, Kit  Search this
Kiesler, Frederick  Search this
Kinney, Gilbert H.  Search this
Krasner, Lee  Search this
Lassaw, Ibram  Search this
Leopold, Richard  Search this
Louis, Morris  Search this
Magruder, Esther  Search this
Merrill, Kevin  Search this
Nelson, Wretha  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Newman, Bonnie  Search this
Noland, Kenneth  Search this
Ozenfant, Amédée  Search this
Pace, Stephen  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Penn, Arthur  Search this
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Renault, Jean  Search this
Richman, Robert  Search this
Russo, Alexander  Search this
Sheridan, Walt  Search this
Sherman, Saul  Search this
Snelson, Kenneth  Search this
Soyer, Moses  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Sweeney, James Johnson  Search this
Thomas, Dylan  Search this
Truitt, Anne  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Yektai, Manoucher  Search this
Youngerman, Jack  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Arts (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Jefferson Place Gallery  Search this
David Herbert Gallery  Search this
Black Mountain College (Black Mountain, N.C.)  Search this
Betty Parsons Gallery  Search this
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Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
34 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 53 min.
An interview of V. V. Rankine conducted 1990 Mar. 2-22, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art.<br /> Rankine discusses the evolution of her nickname, V.V.; discovering her dyslexia; growing up in Boston; auditioning for a part in, "The Philadelphia Story"; her art studies with Amedee Ozenfant from 1944 to 1946; her studies at Black Mountain College with Josef Albers and Willem De Kooning in 1947; her friendship with Morris Louis and watching him work; living with her brother-in-law Arshile Gorky, in New York City; her first one-woman show at the David Herbert Gallery in New York in 1962; exhibiting at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York and at the Jefferson Place Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Robert Richman and the Institute of Contemporary Arts; the relationship between her painting and her sculpture; favorite shapes and materials; and her summer home in East Hampton and artist friends there. Rankine also recalls Robert Rauschenberg, Jack Youngerman, Manoucher Yektai, Betty Parsons, Ibram Lassaw, Buckminster Fuller, Elaine De Kooning, Arthur Penn, Richard Leopold, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Ken Noland, Morris Louis, Ray Johnson, Kenneth Snelson, David Hare, Frederick Kiesler, Raphael Soyer, Moses Soyer, Jean Renault, Agnes Gorky, Esther Magruder, James Johnson Sweeney, Jim Brooks, John Graham, Phillip Guston, Duncan Phillips, Theresa Helburn, Augustine Duncan, Tom Downing, Gene Davis, Alice Denney, Nesta Dorrance, Kevin Merrill, Sam Gilliam, Dylan Thomas, Kay Halle, Kit Kennedy, Naum Gabo, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Anne Truitt, Wretha Nelson, Franz Bader, Louise Nevelson, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Bonnie Newman, Alexander Russo, Walt Sheridan, Gilbert Kinney, Saul Sherman, Steve Pace, Lee Krasner, and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with V. V. Rankine, 1990 Mar. 2-22. 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.
Biography Note:
V.V. Rankine (1920-2004) was a painter and sculptor from Washington, D.C. Variable forms of the artist's name are notably E. R. (Elvine Richard) Rankine, Vivian Scott Rankine, and her married name, Mrs. Paul Scott.
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
Art, American  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (D.C.) -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists -- Washington (D.C.)  Search this
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Archives of American Art