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Oral history interview with Betty M. Asher

Interviewee:
Asher, Betty  Search this
Interviewer:
Garver, Thomas H.  Search this
Names:
Asher & Faure  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Blum, Irving, 1930-  Search this
Landau, Felix, 1924-2003  Search this
Robles, Esther  Search this
Tuchman, Maurice  Search this
Extent:
59 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1980 June 30 and 1980 July 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Betty M. Asher conducted 1980 June 30 and 1980 July 7, by Thomas H. Garver, for the Archives of American Art.
Asher speaks of her family; education; her marriage to Dr. Leonard Asher; buying her first prints and painting from the Associated American Artists Gallery; and early purchases at the Little, Bowinkle, and Green Galleries in Los Angeles. She discusses her interest in abstract expressionism; buying art in Mexico and New York; dealers including Irving Blum, Virginia Dwan, Paul Kantor, Felix Landau, Ernest Raboff, Esther Robles, and Ileana Sonnabend; activities and members of the Modern and Contemporary Art Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; her work for Maurice Tuchman; Walter Hopps and the Pasadena Art Museum; and exhibitions and funding of the Asher/Faure Gallery.
Biographical / Historical:
Betty M. Asher (1914-1994) was an art collector and art dealer of Beverly Hills, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav file. Duration is 3 hr., 30 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Collectors -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Women art dealers  Search this
Function:
Art museums -- California
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.asher80
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-asher80

Oral history interview with Betty M. Asher, 1980 June 30 and 1980 July 7

Interviewee:
Asher, Betty M., 1914-1994  Search this
Asher, Betty M., 1914-1994  Search this
Interviewer:
Garver, Thomas H.  Search this
Subject:
Blum, Irving  Search this
Landau, Felix  Search this
Robles, Esther  Search this
Tuchman, Maurice  Search this
Asher & Faure  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Women art dealers  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12547
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211936
AAA_collcode_asher80
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_211936
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Esther Robles

Interviewee:
Robles, Esther  Search this
Interviewer:
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Names:
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Extent:
125 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1981 August 24-31
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Esther Robles conducted 1981 August 24-31, by Ruth Bowman, for the Archives of American Art.
Robles speaks of her family background; early art training; opening her own gallery in the 1940s; exhibitions at the gallery and artists who exhibited; the art community in Los Angeles and some of the problems in being a dealer there; her dedication to showing a variety of artists; working on the U.S. Treasury Department's Art Advisory Panel; and the closing of her gallery. She recalls Stanton Macdonald-Wright. Also present is Robles' husband, Robert.
Biographical / Historical:
Ester Robles (1907-2001) was a gallery director from Los Angeles, Calif.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 13 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 13 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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.
Restrictions:
Use requires an appointment.
Occupation:
Gallery directors -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.robles81
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-robles81

Organization of Art Sponsors records, 1970-1976

Creator:
Organization of Art Sponsors  Search this
Organization of Art Sponsors  Search this
Subject:
Robles, Esther  Search this
Topic:
Art -- California  Search this
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8530
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210708
AAA_collcode_orgaof
Theme:
Communities, Organizations, Museums
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210708

Organization of Art Sponsors records

Creator:
Organization of Art Sponsors  Search this
Names:
Robles, Esther  Search this
Extent:
6 Linear feet ((partially microfilmed on partial reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1970-1976
Scope and Contents:
UNMICROFILMED: Correspondence, membership lists, minutes, and by-laws, from 1970-1976.
REEL 3161: Two v. of the journal "The Lively Arts/West," numbered folio 1 and 2, an intended publication of the Organization of Art Sponsors. The journals include information about the Organization of Art Sponsors; a biographical sketch of the journal's editor, Esther Waggoner Robles; and reports on California artists, galleries, and museums.
Biographical / Historical:
A non-profit group created to support and promote contemporary artists and galleries in the Los Angeles area. Esther Waggoner Robles was president, as well as editor of "The Lively Arts/West."
Provenance:
The 2 journals on reel 3161 were donated in 1973 by Esther Waggoner Robles. Her widower, Robert Robles, donated the 6 ft. of unmicrofilmed records in 2002.
Restrictions:
2 v. Journal: "The Lively Arts/West": Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Unmicrofilmed: Use requires an appointment and is limited to AAA's Washington, D.C. office.
Occupation:
Artists -- California  Search this
Topic:
Art -- California  Search this
Function:
Arts organizations -- California
Identifier:
AAA.orgaof
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-orgaof

Esther Robles Gallery records, 1947-1986

Creator:
Esther-Robles Gallery  Search this
Esther-Robles Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Robles, Esther  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Women  Search this
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13351
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)251861
AAA_collcode_esthrobg
Theme:
Art Market
Women
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_251861

Interview with Esther Robles for the "Art scene" radio series

Creator:
Robles, Esther Waggoner, 1907-2001  Search this
Gore, Marian L.  Search this
Robles, Esther Waggoner, 1907-2001  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Place:
Los Angeles, Calif.
Date:
1962 May 3
Topic:
Art galleries, Commercial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12246
See more items in:
Marian Gore "Art Scene" interviews and papers, 1958-1969
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_12246

Oral history interview with Esther Robles, 1981 August 24-31

Interviewee:
Robles, Esther Waggoner, 1907-2001  Search this
Robles, Esther Waggoner, 1907-2001  Search this
Interviewer:
Bowman, Ruth, 1923-  Search this
Subject:
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12778
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212271
AAA_collcode_robles81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212271

Marian Gore "Art Scene" interviews and papers, 1958-1969

Creator:
Gore, Marian L.  Search this
Gore, Marian L.  Search this
Subject:
Mallary, Robert  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Kuntz, Roger  Search this
Luna, Mario  Search this
Leavitt, Thomas W.  Search this
Gerchik, Paul  Search this
Greene, Balcomb  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Hansen, Jurgen  Search this
Goeritz, Mathias  Search this
Elliot, James  Search this
Carter, Earl  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Cremean, Robert  Search this
Brigante, Nicholas P.  Search this
Blair, Streeter  Search this
Ankrum, Joan  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Albert, Michel (artist)  Search this
Wayne, June  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Geoffrey, J. Iqbal  Search this
Vicente, Esteban  Search this
Wark, Robert R.  Search this
Schwaderer, Fritz (Fritz Karl)  Search this
Tamayo, Rufino  Search this
Robles, Esther  Search this
Schniede, Otto  Search this
Cuevas, José Luis  Search this
Ortiz, Emilio  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire  Search this
Comara Gallery  Search this
Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Silvan Simone Gallery  Search this
KPFK (Radio staion : Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Ankrum Gallery  Search this
Ceeje Gallery  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Photographs
Interviews
Transcripts
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Curators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Gallery owners -- California  Search this
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6118
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216328
AAA_collcode_goremari
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216328
Online Media:

Esther Robles Gallery records

Creator:
Esther-Robles Gallery  Search this
Names:
Robles, Esther  Search this
Extent:
24.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1947-1986
Scope and Contents:
Artist's files, including business correspondence, price lists and invoices, newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases, photographs and slides, exhibition announcements, and catalogs and brochures from artists represented by the Esther Robles Gallery.
Arrangement:
Files are arranged alphabetically.
Biographical / Historical:
Art gallery; Los Angeles, Calif. Est. 1947. Closed 1979.
Provenance:
Donated 2005 and 2009 by Robert Robles, husband and business partner of Esther Robles who died in 2001.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- California
Identifier:
AAA.esthrobg
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-esthrobg

Robles, Esther

Collection Creator:
Jenkins, Paul, 1923-2012  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 60
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1962
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. One letter from Paul Jenkins to Norman Bluhm, circa 1966, is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
Entire (except oversize watercolors): Authorization to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publication requires written permission from Suzanne or Paul Jenkins, c/o Imago Terrae. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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:
Paul Jenkins papers, circa 1915-2010. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Paul Jenkins papers
Paul Jenkins papers / Series 2: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-jenkpaul2-ref387

Marian Gore "Art Scene" interviews and papers

Creator:
Gore, Marian L.  Search this
Names:
Ankrum Gallery  Search this
Ceeje Gallery  Search this
Comara Gallery  Search this
Dwan Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
KPFK (Radio staion : Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Silvan Simone Gallery  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Albert, Michel (artist)  Search this
Ankrum, Joan  Search this
Blair, Streeter, 1888-1966  Search this
Brigante, Nicholas P., 1895-1989  Search this
Carter, Earl  Search this
Cremean, Robert, 1932-  Search this
Cuevas, José Luis, 1934-  Search this
Elliot, James, 1943-2011  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire, 1908-1997  Search this
Geoffrey, J. Iqbal, 1939-  Search this
Gerchik, Paul  Search this
Goeritz, Mathias, 1915-1990  Search this
Greene, Balcomb, 1904-1990  Search this
Hansen, Jurgen  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Kuntz, Roger, 1926-1975  Search this
Leavitt, Thomas W.  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
Luna, Mario  Search this
Mallary, Robert, 1917-1997  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Ortiz, Emilio, 1936-  Search this
Robles, Esther  Search this
Schniede, Otto  Search this
Schwaderer, Fritz (Fritz Karl), 1901-  Search this
Siqueiros, David Alfaro  Search this
Tamayo, Rufino, 1899-  Search this
Vicente, Esteban, 1903-2001  Search this
Wark, Robert R.  Search this
Wayne, June, 1918-2011  Search this
Extent:
2.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Photographs
Interviews
Transcripts
Date:
1958-1969
Summary:
The Marian Gore "Art Scene" interviews and papers measure 2.2 linear feet and date from 1958 to 1969, with all sound recordings dated between 1962 and 1964. The core of the collection consists of 37 radio programs recorded by Marian Gore for KPFK radio in Los Angeles, California, consisting of interviews with artists, collectors, gallerists, and museum curators. A series of artist files contains notes, correspondence and other materials related to her interview subjects, and a printed materials series contains mainly exhibition posters, programs, and announcements produced by the art spaces with which her subjects were affiliated.
Scope and Contents:
The Marian Gore "Art Scene" interviews and papers measure 2.2 linear feet and date from 1958 to 1969, with all sound recordings dated between 1962 and 1964. The core of the collection consists of 37 radio programs recorded by Marion Gore for KPFK radio in Los Angeles, California, consisting of interviews with artists, collectors, gallerists, and museum curators. A series of artist files contains notes, correspondence and other materials related to her interview subjects, and a printed materials series contains mainly exhibition posters, programs, and announcements produced by the art spaces with which her subjects were affiliated.

The "Art Scene" Interviews series contains 36 interviews from Gore's "Art Scene" radio series of interviews relating to the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles, particularly galleries and artists showing on La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood. Also found is a single episode of another KPFK program called "Seen at the galleries" and hosted by Earl Carter, featuring an interview with Jacques Lipchitz on the occasion of his retrospective at UCLA. Two interviews, with Mathias Goeritz and David Siqueiros, were conducted in Mexico City. Other interview subjects include Michel Albert, Josef Albers, Joan Ankrum, Streeter Blair, Nick Brigante, Robert Cremean, José Luis Cuevas, James Elliott, Claire Falkenstein, Balcomb Greene, Paul Gerchik, Jurgen Hansen, Walter Hopps, Roger Kuntz, Rico Lebrun, Dr. Thomas Leavitt, Jacques Lipchitz, Mario Luna, Robert Mallary, Louise Nevelson, Emilio Ortiz, Esther Robles, Otto Schniede, Fritz Schwaderer, Rufino Tamayo, Esteban Vicente, Robert Wark, and June Wayne.

Artist files include mainly brief, typewritten notes created for Gore's radio interviews, with the questions she asked her interview subjects and brief introductory or concluding remarks. Correspondence is also found in files for Robert Cremean, Iqbal Geoffrey, Balcomb Greene, Robert Mallary, Emilio Ortiz, and Esteban Vicente. Louise Nevelson's file also contains a transcript of her interview with Gore. Also found scattered in some files are notes, photographs, clippings, press releases, resumes, and exhibition programs. Note that not every person in this series has a corresponding sound recording in Series 1, and not every interviewee in Series 1 has a corresponding file in this series.

Most of the material in the Printed Materials series consists of exhibition announcements, programs, and posters from Galleries in the Los Angeles, California area, particularly those along La Cienega Boulevard. Of these, Ankrum Gallery, Ceeje Gallery, Comara Gallery, Dwan Gallery, Ferus Gallery, and Silvan Simone Gallery on Olympic Boulevard contain the most material, with many of the other files containing only one or two pieces. Of note are original prints promoting exhibitions at the Ferus and Ceeje Galleries, and a poster for an art walk along La Cienega Boulevard in the file for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged in 3 series:

Series 1: "Art Scene" Interviews (1.3 linear feet, Boxes 1-2, 4)

Series 2: Artist Files (0.2 linear feet, Boxes 2, 4)

Series 3: Printed Materials (0.7 linear feet, Boxes 3-4, OV 5)
Biographical / Historical:
Marian L. Gore (1914-2009) volunteered as a radio interviewer for KPFK between 1962-1964, conducting a series of interviews with Los Angeles-area artists, curators, collectors, and gallerists in response to a growing awareness of Los Angeles' rapidly growing role as a creative center and art market.

Born Marian Lucille Moore on Feb. 27, 1914, in Los Angeles to Fred and Lucille Moore. Fred Moore, an attorney, defended Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in the infamous 1921 trial. Following her divorce in the early 1960s, Gore approached the radio station KPFK, who was looking for someone to interview local artists. In a 1997 letter that accompanied her donation of the collection to the Archives, Gore writes,

"The early 1960's were an interesting and probably unique period for the Southern California art world. In Los Angeles on La Cienega Boulevard galleries had sprung up like mushrooms, and on Friday nights those who were interested in this scene would go from one gallery to another noting what artists were featured and what trends were apparent. It was a pleasurable way to meet artists as well as a social event where one could see friends and exchange impressions.

"Because I was searching for something to do, at the suggestion of a friend I had gone to radio station KPFK to volunteer my services in any way possible. It turned out to be a most fortuitous time for this offer. The management was interested in possible intervie3ws with artists, and so it all began. I had never done an interview in my life and was astounded to discover how easy it was to get artists, gallery owners, and even museum personnel to talk aobut what they did. Once this began I was swaped with requests for taped interviews, far more than I could manage."

Gore later became an antiquarian bookseller specializing in books on food and drink. She retired in 1994 and donated her book collection to the Los Angeles Public Library.
Provenance:
Donated 1997 by Marian Gore.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
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.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Curators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Gallery owners -- California  Search this
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Photographs
Interviews
Transcripts
Citation:
KPFK "Art Scene" interviews, 1950-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.goremari
See more items in:
Marian Gore "Art Scene" interviews and papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-goremari

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