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Oral history interview with Robert Breer, 1973 July 10

Interviewee:
Breer, Robert C. (Robert Carlton), 1926-2011  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Subject:
Oldenburg, Claes  Search this
Tinguely, Jean  Search this
Bonino Gallery  Search this
Galerie Denise René  Search this
PepsiCo, Inc.  Search this
Stanford University  Search this
United States. Army  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert Breer, 1973 July 10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Lyrical abstraction (Art movement)  Search this
Filmmakers -- Interviews  Search this
Kinetic sculpture  Search this
Sculptors -- Interviews  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11951
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212084
AAA_collcode_breer73
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Oral history interview with Robert Breer

Interviewee:
Breer, Robert  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Bonino Gallery  Search this
Galerie Denise René  Search this
PepsiCo, Inc.  Search this
Stanford University -- Students  Search this
United States. Army  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Tinguely, Jean, 1925-  Search this
Extent:
65 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1973 July 10
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Robert Breer conducted 1973 July 10, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Breer speaks of his boyhood in Detroit; his family, and its activities in early auto engineering; attending Stanford University and drawing cartoons for its daily paper; Stanford's art department, his U.S. Army service; the influence of the Tannerhill collection; going to Paris and the art scene there in the 1950s; Galerie Denise René; making his first films in 1952; the experimental film movement and his involvement in it; Studio Parnene and its showings of his films; showings in America; tachism; his return to the United States; the Brussels Fair Film Festival; mutascopes; early sculptures; his "Bent Whale" transitional piece; kinetic sculpture; Tinguely and Oldenburg films; descriptions of some of his sculptures; his design for the Pepsi Cola Pavilion at the Japan Expo in 1970; the Bonino Gallery.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Breer (1926-2011) was a sculptor and filmmaker from Tappacu, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 43 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 others.
Topic:
Lyrical abstraction (Art movement)  Search this
Filmmakers -- Interviews  Search this
Kinetic sculpture  Search this
Sculptors -- Interviews  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Function:
Film festivals
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.breer73
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Galerie Denise Rene

Collection Creator:
Liberman, Alexander, 1912-1999  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964, 1975
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. research center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Alexander Liberman Papers, circa 1912-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Alexander Liberman papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Ominanda

Artist:
Richard Mortensen, Danish, b. Copenhagen, 1910–1993  Search this
Medium:
Oil on linen
Dimensions:
39 1/4 x 31 3/4 in. (99.7 x 80.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1962
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.3664
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Fecamp

Artist:
Richard Mortensen, Danish, b. Copenhagen, 1910–1993  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
51 3/8 X 38 1/8 IN. (130.5 X 96.9 CM.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1956
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.3665
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PX-30/1

Artist:
Uli Pohl, German, b. Munich, 1935  Search this
Medium:
Plexiglass with steel mounting on artist's steel base
Dimensions:
21 x 10 x 9 1/2 in. (53.3 x 25.3 x 24.0 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
(by 1964)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.4074
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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(Untitled)

Artist:
Uli Pohl, German, b. Munich, 1935  Search this
Medium:
Plexiglass with steel rod on artist's steel base
Dimensions:
23 7/8 X 8 1/8 X 6 IN. (60.8 X 20.6 X 15.0 CM.)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
(by 1964)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.4075
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Homage to the Square: Glow

Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic on fiberboard
Dimensions:
48 x 48 in. (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1966
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972
Accession Number:
72.3
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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EDAN-URL:
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Arcturus II

Artist:
Victor Vasarely, French, b. Pécs, Hungary, 1908–1997  Search this
Medium:
Oil on linen
Dimensions:
63 x 62 7/8 in. (160.0 x 159.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1966
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972
Accession Number:
72.306
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Op Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2c9ef02ce-f825-47ed-9a24-335811370417
EDAN-URL:
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Composition

Artist:
Andre Heurtaux, French, b. Paris, 1898–1983  Search this
Medium:
Oil on linen
Dimensions:
32 X 39 7/8 in. (81.1 x 100 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1935
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.2536
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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EDAN-URL:
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Composition

Artist:
Andre Heurtaux, French, b. Paris, 1898–1983  Search this
Medium:
Oil on linen
Dimensions:
31 7/8 x 23 5/8 in. (81 x 60 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1936
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.2537
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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EDAN-URL:
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Composition

Artist:
Andre Heurtaux, French, b. Paris, 1898–1983  Search this
Medium:
Oil on linen
Dimensions:
39 5/8 x 28 7/8 in. (100.5 x 73.3 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1938
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.2538
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Homage to the Square: Yellow and Ochre

Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976  Search this
Medium:
Serigraph on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 30 1/4 x 19 1/16 in. (76.6 x 48.5 cm); image: 11 1/16 x 11 in. (28.1 x 28 cm)
Type:
Print
Date:
1964
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.43
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Geometric Abstraction
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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Dynamics of Color

Artist:
Jesús Rafael Soto, French, b. Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, 1923–2005  Search this
Medium:
Plastic, wood, paint, and metal
Dimensions:
26 3/8 x 26 3/8 x 9 1/8 in. (66.9 x 66.9 x 23.2 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1957
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.4422
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Soto Magic

Artist:
Jesús Rafael Soto, French, b. Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, 1923–2005  Search this
Medium:
Plastic, paint, coated paper, and metal
Dimensions:
Outer box (see description for more): 2 1/4 x 29 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (5.7 x 74.3 x 69.9 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1967
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.4424
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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EDAN-URL:
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Beryl

Artist:
Victor Vasarely, French, b. Pécs, Hungary, 1908–1997  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic on linen
Dimensions:
63 x 63 1/4 in. (160.0 x 160.8 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1967
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.5263
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Op Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
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EDAN-URL:
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Caribe Multicolor Positive

Artist:
Victor Vasarely, French, b. Pécs, Hungary, 1908–1997  Search this
Medium:
Paint on wood
Dimensions:
14 3/16 x 14 3/16 x 1 5/8 in. (36 x 36 x 4.1 cm)
Type:
Sculpture/relief
Date:
1967
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.5278
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Op Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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EDAN-URL:
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Caribe Multicolor Negative

Artist:
Victor Vasarely, French, b. Pécs, Hungary, 1908–1997  Search this
Medium:
Paint on wood
Dimensions:
14 1/4 x 14 1/4 x 1 9/16 in. (36.2 x 36.2 x 4 cm)
Type:
Sculpture/relief
Date:
1967
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.5279
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Op Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
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Granat Multicolor Positive

Artist:
Victor Vasarely, French, b. Pécs, Hungary, 1908–1997  Search this
Medium:
Paint on wood
Dimensions:
15 x 14 1/4 x 1 5/8 in. (38.1 x 36.2 x 4.1 cm)
Type:
Sculpture/relief
Date:
1967
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.5284
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School:
Op Art
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Granat Multicolor Negative

Artist:
Victor Vasarely, French, b. Pécs, Hungary, 1908–1997  Search this
Medium:
Paint on wood
Dimensions:
15 x 14 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (38.1 x 36.2 x 4.4 cm)
Type:
Sculpture/relief
Date:
1967
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.5285
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
School:
Op Art
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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