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Oral history interview with Herbert Ferber, 1962

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Ferber, Herbert, 1906-1991  Search this
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994  Search this
Goossen, E. C.  Search this
Sound recordings
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1 Sound tape reel, Sound recordings, 5 in.; 7 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Sound quality is poor.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
An interview of Herbert Ferber conducted by Dorothy Seckler in 1962 for the Archives of American Art.
Ferber speaks on the subject of environmental sculpture; deciding how large to build a sculpture by imagining the spectator's experience viewing it; seeking a sense of permanence by building sculptures that are so large; his desire to have his sculptures be light and airy and off the ground; how his sculptures come very close to architecture; and making a sculpture on the ground and having to work on it by crawling through and sitting on it, gave him a sense of the presence of the work of art. He recalls Gene Goossen and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Herbert Ferber, 1962. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript available on line at
Biography Note:
Sculptor, painter; New York, N.Y.; d. 1991.
Language Note:
English .
This interview is part of the Archives' 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
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Sculpture -- Technique  Search this
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Archives of American Art