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Oral history interview with Antonio Homem, 2016 March 14-23

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Homem, Antonio  Search this
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Acconci, Vito  Search this
Baldessari, John  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Godard, Jean-Luc  Search this
Guy, Michel  Search this
Ludwig, Peter  Search this
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Panza, Giuseppe  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Sharp, Willoughby  Search this
Sonnabend, Ileana  Search this
Sonnabend, Michael  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Centre Georges Pompidou  Search this
Ileana Sonnabend (Gallery)  Search this
Sound recordings
Paris (France) -- description and travel
Spain -- description and travel
Zurich (Switzerland)
Place of publication, production, or execution:
New York (State)
Physical Description:
4 Items, Sound recording: 4 sound files (4 hr.,10 min.), digital, wav; 80 Pages, Transcript
An interview of Antonio Homem, conducted 2016 March 14 and 23, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York, New York.<br /> Homem speaks of his early memories of art and his childhood in Portugal; going to museums in Paris and Spain; studying engineering at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland; working in a gallery in Zurich; reading Proust; discussion of reading, understanding, and misunderstanding art and literature; meeting Ileana and Michael Sonnabend in 1965; subsequently working at the Sonnabend gallery from 1968; job responsibilities; opening galleries in New York in 1970 and 1971; Showing new artists, like Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, John Baldessari; Willoughby Sharpe, Shunk and Kender and the Pier 18 Project; the differences between collectors and gallery visitors of New York and Paris; the influence of the creation of the Centre Pompidou; his thoughts on the evolution of artistic taste; Duchamp; Pop art; Arte Povera; and evolution of art market from the 1970s to the present. Homem also recalls Ileana Sonnabend in detail, Robert Rauschenburg, Andy Warhol, Jean-Luc Godard, Michel Guy, Marcel and Giselle Boulois, Dr. Peter Ludwig, Count Panza, and others.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Antonio Homem, 2016 March 14-23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding for this interview was provided by the Lichtenberg Family Foundation.
Biography Note:
Antonio Homem is the director and owner of the Sonnabend Gallery in New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator of New York, New York.
Language Note:
English .
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
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Archives of American Art