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Oral history interview with Kenzo Okada, 1968 November 22

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Okada, Kenzo, 1902-1982  Search this
Selvig, Forrest  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Laurencin, Marie  Search this
Parsons, Betty  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Still, Clyfford  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Tomlin, Bradley Walker  Search this
Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Physical Description:
44 Pages, Transcript
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Interview of Kenzo Okada conducted 1968 November 22, by Forrest Selvig, for the Archives of American Art.
Okada discusses his background; wanting to be a painter since age 15 and his father being against the idea; attending Tokyo Fine Arts University and studying Western art tradition there; going to Paris in 1924 to study on his own; meeting Alberto Giacometti in Paris; returning to Japan in 1927; interest in Western art; exhibiting in Japan; his painting style; coming to the United States in 1950; and appreciating Japan and Japanese culture. Okada mentions Marie Laurencin, Bradley Tomlin, Clyfford Still, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Betty Parsons, Mark Rothko, Nishita (Japanese philosopher), and Mark Tobey.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Kenzo Okada, 1968 November 22. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Transcript available on line at
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Location of original tape unknown.
Biography Note:
Kenzo Okada (1902-1982) was a Japanese American painter based in New York City, New York.
Language Note:
English .
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art's 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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Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American art  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
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Record number:
Asian American
Data Source:
Archives of American Art