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Ashton, Dore, 1928-2017  Search this
Sampson, George E., 1951-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Devree, Howard  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Klüver, Billy  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Orlovsky, Peter  Search this
Paz, Octavio  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Reynal, Jeanne  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Selz, Peter Howard  Search this
Smith, David  Search this
Yunkers, Adja  Search this
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
New School for Social Research  Search this
New York Times Company  Search this
Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project  Search this
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Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Physical Description:
67 Pages, Transcript
General Note:
Originally recorded on 2 memory cards. Duration is 2 hr., 57 min.
An interview of Dore Ashton conducted 2010 November 21 and 2011 March 9, by George W. Sampson, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Ashton's home, in New York, New York.<br /> Ashton talks about growing up politically active; protesting the internment of the Japanese Americans during WWII; attending The New School and then Harvard University; briefly working as a gallery receptionist; writing her first reviews for Art Digest; Howard Devree hiring her as a writer for The New York Times; travels and living in Europe; writing feature pieces about individual artists for The New York Times; writing for Cahiers d'art; her relationships Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Philip Guston, Robert Motherwell, Billy Kluver, Robert Rauschenberg, Octavio Paz, and others; marriage to Adja Yunkers; teaching at Cooper Union; interest in Latin American Art; flirting; being a "dedicated reader of Nietzsche"; visits to the Cedar Tavern; being a peacenik; and other topics. She recalls Jeanne Reynal, Mario Pedrosa, Alger Hiss, Peter Selz, Peter Orlovsky, David Smith, and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Dore Ashton, 2010 November 21 - 2011 March 9. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
This interview is part of the Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project, funded by the A G Foundation.
Biography Note:
Dore Ashton (1928-2017) was an art historian in New York, New York. George W. Sampson (1951-) is an arts administrator in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This interview is 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 administrators.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945  Search this
World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation of civilians  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Artists -- Political activity  Search this
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Archives of American Art