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Oral history interview with Robert Beverly Hale

Interviewee:
Hale, Robert Beverly, 1901-1985  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Columbia University -- Students  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Barr, Alfred H., Jr., 1902-1981  Search this
Bridgman, George Brant, 1864-1943  Search this
Coyle, Terence  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Geldzahler, Henry  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Huxley, Julian, 1887-1975  Search this
Klonis, Stewart, 1901-1989  Search this
McNulty, William Charles, 1884-1963  Search this
Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Priest, Alan Reed  Search this
Rockefeller, David, 1915-  Search this
Root, Edward Wales, d. 1956  Search this
Rorimer, James J. (James Joseph), 1905-1966  Search this
Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970  Search this
Extent:
23 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1984 Mar. 7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert Beverly Hale conducted 1984 Mar. 7, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Hale speaks of his childhood years living a bohemian life; personal and family friend Marcel Duchamp; his time as a student at the Columbia School of Architecture; being a biology student at Columbia University; studying painting in Paris at Fontainebleau; assisting Waldo Pierce as a secretary; the gold medal from the American Poetry Society; running the publicity department of the Arts Students League; connection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Art News magazine critic in 1930s; tenure in the American wing of the Met; friend Jackson Pollack and the art scene at East Hampton; discussion of drawing the planes of the human body; and writing a book on figure drawing. Hale also recalls Bertrand Russell, Julian Huxley, Henry Oliver Walker, Phil Wiley, George Bridgman, William McNulty, Stuart Klonis, Sam Lewis, Edward Root, Walter Baker, Joseph Hirshhorn, Alan Priest, Albert Gardner, Henry Geldzahler, James Rorimer; David Rockefeller, Alfred Barr, and Terrance Coyle.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Beverly Hale (1901-1985) was an administrator, instructor, and art historian from New York, N.Y.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 7 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.
Occupation:
Art teachers -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Drawing -- Technique  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.hale84
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-hale84

Oral history interview with Charles Alan

Interviewee:
Alan, Charles, 1908?-1975  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Downtown Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Yale School of Drama -- Students  Search this
Allen, Lawrence  Search this
Askew, R. Kirk (Ralph Kirk), 1903-1974  Search this
Baker, Richard Brown  Search this
Breinin, Raymond, 1910-  Search this
Conner, Bruce, 1933-2008  Search this
Davis, Stuart, 1892-1964  Search this
Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958  Search this
Halpert, Edith Gregor, 1900-1970  Search this
Harnett, William Michael, 1848-1892  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, 1889-1953  Search this
Landau, Felix, 1924-2003  Search this
Levi, Julian E. (Julian Edwin), 1900-1982  Search this
Levine, Jack, 1915-2010  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Marin, John, Jr., 1915?-1988  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia , 1887-1986  Search this
Root, Edward Wales, d. 1956  Search this
Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Washburn, George  Search this
Zerbe, Karl, 1903-1972  Search this
Extent:
37 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1970 August 20-25
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Charles Alan conducted 1970 August 20-25, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Alan speaks of studying scene and stage design; attending Yale School of Drama; doing illustrations for various publications; traveling and studying in Europe; working as a set designer for MGM and Warner Brothers; his experiences working at the Downtown Gallery; his thoughts and recollections about Edith Halpert; leaving Downtown Gallery and starting his own gallery; his opinions on the future of small galleries in New York; museum purchases; Edith Halpert's art collection; selling his gallery to Felix Landau; and various thoughts concerning the art world. He recalls Norman Bell Geddes, Edith Halpert, Stuart Davis, Julien Levy, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Kirk Askew, Raymond Breinin, Ben Shahn, George Washburn, Edward Root, Joe Hirshhorn, John Marin, John Marin Jr., Lawrence Allen, Georgia O'Keeffe, William Harnett, Julian Levi, Jack Levine, Karl Zerbe, Bruce Conner, Richard Baker, Paul Sachs, and many others.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Alan (1908?-1975) was an art dealer from New York, New York. Alan attended Horace Mann School, graduating in 1924. Attended Yale School of Drama in 1925, then worked as a set designer for MGM and Warner Brothers. In 1930, Alan became a theatrical set designer and director. After serving in the Army in World War II, he worked for Edith Halpert at the Downtown Gallery. In 1952, he opened the Charles Alan Gallery, specializing in contemporary art. Alan closed the gallery in 1970 to become a private dealer.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 58 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives' 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Set Designers -- United States -- Interviews  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.alan70
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-alan70

Guy Irving Anderson letters

Creator:
Anderson, Guy, 1906-1998  Search this
Names:
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Isaacs, Walter F.  Search this
Patterson, Ambrose, 1877-1966  Search this
Root, Edward Wales, d. 1956  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Wehr, Wesley, 1929-2004  Search this
Extent:
32 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Woodcuts
Linocuts.
Date:
1940-1979
Scope and Contents:
Letters recieved, from Albert Einstein, Morris Graves, Edward W. Root, Otto Seligman, Mark Tobey, Wesley C. Wehr and others. Also includes handmade Christmas cards from Walter Isaacs (linocut) and Ambrose Patterson (woodcut).
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; Seattle, Washington.
Provenance:
Donated 1979 by Wesley Wehr, a friend of Anderson.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Painters -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- Washington (State) -- Seattle  Search this
Genre/Form:
Woodcuts
Linocuts.
Identifier:
AAA.andeguy
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-andeguy

Edward Wales Root letters from Louis Eilshemius

Creator:
Root, Edward Wales, d. 1956  Search this
Names:
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel), 1864-1941  Search this
Extent:
2 Items ((on 1 partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
[ca. 1930]
Scope and Contents:
Two letters to Root from Louis Michel Eilshemius. Eilshemius discusses a small oil painting purchased by Root that he admirers, his interest in art, the "struggle against irrecognition", his animosity toward the National Academy of Design, views on intellect, and his work other than painting.
Biographical / Historical:
Art collector and art instructor; Clinton, N.Y. Collector of predominately American avant-garde art. Taught art at Hamilton College. He was the son of Elihu Root.
Provenance:
Donated by Mrs. Edward Root, 1964.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.rootedwa
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rootedwa

Edward Wales Root papers

Creator:
Root, Edward Wales, d. 1956  Search this
Names:
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute. Museum of Art  Search this
Utica Art Society  Search this
Brook, Alexander, 1898-1980  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim, 1893-1967  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin, 1867-1933  Search this
Mangravite, Peppino, 1896-  Search this
McFee, Henry Lee, 1886-1953  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil, 1858-1924  Search this
Prior, Harris K. (Harris King)  Search this
Speicher, Eugene Edward, 1883-1962  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros, 1922-1997  Search this
Trovato, Joseph S., 1912-1983  Search this
Extent:
3 Reels (Ca.3500 items (on 3 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reels
Date:
1896-1968
Scope and Contents:
Biographical material; files on Alexander Brook, Charles Burchfield, George Luks, Peppino Mangravite, Henry Lee McFee, Maurice Prendergast, Eugene Speicher, Theodoros Stamos, and others whose work Root collected, containing correspondence, catalogs, checklists, clippings, receipts, and notes; correspondence with Harris K. Prior and Joseph Trovato of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Lydia Powell, William Roerick, Carl Zigrosser, galleries, dealers, and museum officials; inventories, correspondence, notes, catalogs, and clippings relating to Root's collection; writings; diaries; sketches by Root; files on the Utica Art Society; and photographs of Root, his home, his art collection and exhibitions.
Biographical / Historical:
Art collector and instructor; Clinton, N.Y. Collector of predominately American avant-garde art. Taught art at Hamilton College. Edward is the son of Elihu Root.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming by the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, 1981.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from Director, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- United States  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.rootedwa2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rootedwa2

Auspicious vision : Edward Wales Root and American modernism / Mary E. Murray, Paul D. Schweizer, Michael D. Somple ; with an essay by Suzanne Smeaton and Lisa Koenigsberg ; John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler, principal photographers

Author:
Murray, Mary E  Search this
Schweizer, Paul D  Search this
Somple, Michael D. 1975-  Search this
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute  Search this
Subject:
Root, Edward Wales d. 1956 Art collections  Search this
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 188 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
New York (State)
Utica
Date:
2008
C2008
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_917822

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