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Oral history interview with Robert David Brady

Interviewee:
Brady, Robert, 1946-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
California College of Arts and Crafts (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Students  Search this
California State University, Sacramento -- Faculty  Search this
Mills College -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Davis -- Students  Search this
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992  Search this
Buck, John, 1946-  Search this
Butterfield, Deborah, 1949-  Search this
Chihuly, Dale, 1941-  Search this
Coykendall, Vernon  Search this
De Forest, Roy, 1930-2007  Search this
Neri, Manuel, 1930-  Search this
Notkin, Richard  Search this
Riegger, Hal, 1921-  Search this
Rubins, Nancy, 1952-  Search this
Wiley, William T., 1937-2021  Search this
Extent:
4 Sound discs (Sound recording (6 hr., 47 min.), digital, 2 5/8 in.)
107 Pages (Transcipt)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound discs
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Guatemala -- Description and Travel
Date:
2008 March 10-12
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert David Brady conducted 2008 March 10-12, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Berkeley, California.
Brady speaks of growing up in Reno, Nevada and developing a fondness for the desert and mountain environment around him; his first discovery and fascination with clay during junior high; a deep interest in symbols and the abstraction of language and how he has incorporated that into his work; studying art at California College of Arts and Crafts; continuing on to Mills College for graduate school; being drafted into the war and having to postpone his attendance to Mills College; finishing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Davis; wanting to become a college professor; teaching at California State University in Sacramento; wanting to depart from dependency on the vessel; exploring with figurative objects; abandoning the vessel and adapting an interest in object making and mixed media; the influence of Mexico, in particular, the imagery of the Day of the Dead, on his work; firing techniques he learned in Mexico; the influence from Hal Riegger toward his education and development; specific works and the inspiration and process behind them; his departure from clay and experimenting with wood; various shows and his experiences working with different galleries and curators; his trip to Guatemala and the emergence of angels and other religious motif in his work; other traveling experiences and the influence each had on his work; his desire to return to clay and continue making pots; the craft community; the influence of Japanese pots; his personal beliefs toward academically trained and non-academically trained artists; and his opinion toward various art and craft magazines. Brady also recalls Vernon Coykendall, Robert Arneson, William Wiley, Manuel Neri, Debbie Butterfield, John Buck, Dick Notkin, Nancy Rubins, Roy de Forest, Hal Riegger, Dale Chihuly, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert David Brady (1946- ) is a sculptor of wood and ceramics and a teacher from Berkeley, California. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 47 min.
Provenance:
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.
Topic:
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.brady08
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90c526f05-fa96-48c2-8ff5-b6ec5d70182a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brady08
Online Media:

Lectern, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Stoneware
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Arizona State University University Art Museum Tempe Arizona 85287
Date:
1978
Topic:
Object--Furniture--Stand  Search this
Figure--Fragment--Face  Search this
Control number:
IAS 01210025
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_25616

Victim, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Earthenware
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Arizona State University University Art Museum Tempe Arizona 85287
Date:
1981
Topic:
Figure--Head  Search this
Control number:
IAS 01210026
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_25617

Brood, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: cast bronze; Foundation: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Folsom Parks and Recreation 50 Natoma Street Folsom California 95630
Located Natoma Station Turn Pike Drive between Hopfield Drive & Whistle Stop Way Folsom California
Date:
1990
Topic:
Animal--Insect--Cricket  Search this
Control number:
IAS CA000670
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_326339

Robert Brady : sculpture 1989-2005 / curated by Signe Mayfield

Author:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Mayfield, Signe  Search this
Palo Alto Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Physical description:
88 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
C2006
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NB237.B68 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_808362

Robert Brady : a survey exhibition / Janice T. Driesbach, curator ; essays by Thomas H. Garver and John Fitz Gibbon

Author:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Garver, Thomas H  Search this
Driesbach, Janice Tolhurst  Search this
Fitz Gibbon, John  Search this
Crocker Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Brady, Robert 1946- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
84 p. : ill. (some col.), port. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
Call number:
N40.1.B814 D7 1989
N40.1.B814D7 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384207

Aleut, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Wood
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street Sacramento California 95814 Accession Number: 1994.1
Date:
1989
Topic:
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Control number:
IAS 03830134
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_445002

Piedmont, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic and engobes
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street Sacramento California 95814 Accession Number: 1990.3
Date:
1990
Topic:
Allegory--Place--Piedmont  Search this
Control number:
IAS 03830015
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_305885

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street Sacramento California 95814 Accession Number: 1985.2
Date:
1985
Topic:
Undetermined  Search this
Control number:
IAS 03830016
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_305886

Chang, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Carved basswood, aniline dyes, and nails
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1995.85.2
Date:
1989
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Figure--Full length  Search this
Control number:
IAS 08582562
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_395880

Masks, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Raku-fired ceramic
Type:
Sculptures-Mask
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Unlocated
Date:
1973
Topic:
Dress--Costume--Mask  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87540001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292185

Wall Piece, Grid, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Earthenware with glazes
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third Street San Francisco California 94103
Date:
1975
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87540002
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292186

Cajun, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic with glazes and stains
Culture:
Cajun  Search this
Type:
Sculptures
Date:
1985
Topic:
Figure--Full length  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87540003
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292187

Gogh-Cart, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Earthenware, plaster, straw, wood, fiberglass, and engobe
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Lannan Museum Lake Worth Florida
Date:
1975
Topic:
Architecture--Vehicle--Wagon  Search this
Figure--Head  Search this
Figure--Fragment--Foot  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Art  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87540004
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292188

Sacrament, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic, engobe and stain
Type:
Sculptures-Decorative arts
Sculptures
Date:
1976
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Ceremony--Religion--Communion  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87540005
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292189

Duck, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Raku-fired ceramic
Type:
Sculptures
Date:
1976
Topic:
Animal--Bird--Duck  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87540006
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292190

Billy, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic, engobe and glaze
Type:
Sculptures-Decorative arts
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Destroyed
Date:
1975
Topic:
Figure male--Fragment--Face  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87540007
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292191

Grey Vessel, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic with engobe and stains
Type:
Sculptures-Decorative arts
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street Sacramento California 95814
Date:
1977
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87540008
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292192

Snake Eyes, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic with engobe and stains
Type:
Sculptures-Decorative arts
Sculptures
Date:
1978
Topic:
Recreation--Sport & Play--Dice  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87540009
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292193

Antler, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Brady, Robert 1946-  Search this
Medium:
Ceramic with engobe, stains, and found objects
Type:
Sculptures
Date:
1978
Topic:
Figure--Full length  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87540010
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_292194

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