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Oral history interview with Hassel Smith

Interviewee:
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Extent:
28 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1978 September 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Hassel Smith conducted 1978 September 5, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art. Smith speaks of his childhood; his education; studying under Maurice Sterne at the California School of Fine Arts; the influence of Clyfford Still; early exhibitions of Smith's work; and living in England.
Biographical / Historical:
Hassel Smith (1915-2007) was a painter from Bristol, England.
General:
Originally recorded 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 8 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:
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Painters -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.smith78
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-smith78

Oral history interview with Elmer Bischoff

Interviewee:
Bischoff, Elmer, 1916-1991  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
San Francisco Art Institute  Search this
University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts  Search this
Brown, Joan, 1938-1990  Search this
Brown, William Theo, 1919-2012  Search this
Geis, Bill  Search this
Hudson, Robert, 1938-  Search this
MacAgy, Douglas, 1913-  Search this
Neri, Manuel, 1930-  Search this
Park, David, 1911-1960  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Spohn, Clay Edgar, 1898-1977  Search this
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980  Search this
Wiley, William T., 1937-  Search this
Extent:
82 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1977 August 10-September 1
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Elmer Bischoff conducted 1977 August 10-September 1, by Paul J. Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Bischoff speaks of his family background; the influence of art teachers and attitudes at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1930s; his years of teaching at the California School of Fine Arts (San Francisco Art Institute), first under the directorship of Douglas MacAgy and then under Ernst Mundt and Gurdon Woods; his fellow faculty members Clyfford Still, David Park, Clay Spohn and Hassel Smith, and their work in abstract expressionism. He recalls some of his most successful students, including Joan Brown, Manuel Neri, and William T. Wiley.
Bischoff explains his turning away from abstract expressionism toward figurative painting, and cites the influence of David Park. He credits George Staempfli as the first New York art dealer to be interested in Bay Area figurative painting. He discusses the origins of the Bay Area funk movement. He speaks of teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, and reflects on the differences between teaching in a university environment and an art school. He discusses his move away from the figure to large scale abstraction.
Biographical / Historical:
Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991) was a painter and educator from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 24 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.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Figurative art  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bischo77
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bischo77

Oral history interview with Leo Holub

Interviewee:
Holub, Leo, 1916-2010  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Creator:
Art Schools in California Oral History Project  Search this
Names:
Art Schools in California Oral History Project  Search this
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (Calif.)  Search this
Stanford University. Dept. of Art  Search this
University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts -- Faculty  Search this
University of California, San Francisco. School of Fine Arts -- Students  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Arnautoff, Victor Mikhail, 1896-1979  Search this
Barnes, Matthew Rackham, 1880-1951  Search this
Corbett, Edward, 1919-  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Gaw, William A., 1891-1973  Search this
Hackett, Dick  Search this
Holub, Florence  Search this
Mackey, Spencer, 1880-1958  Search this
Mondale, Walter F., 1928-  Search this
Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969  Search this
Packard, Emmy Lou, 1914-1998  Search this
Piazzoni, Gottardo, 1872-1945  Search this
Randolph, Lee F., b. 1880  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Sinel, Joseph Claude, 1889-1975  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Sterne, Maurice, 1878-1957  Search this
Weston, Edward, 1886-1958  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Wilson, Charis, 1914-2009  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound cassettes (Sound recording (90 min), analog)
34 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 July 3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Leo Holub conducted 1997 July 3, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, in San Francisco, Calif.
Holub discusses his background, being born in Arkansas, moving to New Mexico, and then to Oakland, Calif. (1923); early educational experiences in Oakland, and later at the Art Institute of Chicago; seeing Edward Weston's photographic work at an exhibition in Chicago, and admiring Weston's nude studies of Charis Wilson; his return to the Bay Area; his studio on Montgomery St. (Monkey Block); meeting painter Matthew Barnes, who had assisted Diego Rivera with his murals at the California School of Fine Arts (CSFA), 1931-1932; his experiences as a student at CSFA- its program and instructors which included Maurice Sterne, Gottardo Piazzoni, Lee Randolph, Dick Hackett, Otis Oldfield, William Gaw, Spencer Mackey, and Victor Arnautoff; fellow students including Hassel Smith, Ed Corbett, and Florence Michelson (his future wife); and his beginning awareness of modernism.
Holub discusses his involvement with the Golden Gate International Exposition (1939); apprenticeship with industrial designer Joe Sinel and the advent of the product design era; his founding of Design Development Associates, and staying only a year before moving to Grass Valley, Calif. for his son's health; his return to the Bay Area, succeeding Emmy Lou Packard at the San Francisco Planning Office graphic arts dept.; working at the housing agency and redevelopment agency and as chief designer for the Bay Area Rapid Transit report.
He recalls his encounter with Ansel Adams at the 1955 Yosemite workshop where Holub produced a pictorial map of Yosemite; Adam's "zone system" of exposing for shadows and developing for highlights; going on to teach at CSFA (1955-1957), where Imogen Cunningham was a guest instructor; Minor White replacing him; his ten years at Stanford University's planning office (1960-1970); his campus views "Stanford Scene" that were used by the university to appeal for more space for the art dept., and his shows at Stanford's art gallery in 1964 and at the Washington, D.C. home of Vice President Walter Mondale in 1980.
Biographical / Historical:
Leo Holub (1916-2010) was a photographer, lithographer, and teacher from San Francisco, Calif.
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. Other interviewees in the Art Schools in California Oral History Project include: Emerson Woelffer, Charles Linder, Paul Carey (1993), and Paul Carey and Stephanie Caloia (1997), with funding provided by the Bente and Gerald E. Buck Collection.
Topic:
Photographers -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- California  Search this
Photography  Search this
Photography -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Function:
Art Schools -- California
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.holub97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-holub97

Hassel Smith at the John Berggruen Gallery [videorecording]/ University of California, Berkeley Office of Educational Television and Radio ; co-producer, Paul Karlstrom

Creator:
University of California, Berkeley.. Office of Educational Television and Radio  Search this
Names:
ETVR (Television station)  Search this
John Berggruen Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
University of California, Berkeley.. Office of Educational Television and Radio  Search this
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Extent:
2 Videocassettes (U-matic) ((45 min.), sd; col., 3/4 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videocassettes (u-matic)
Video recordings
Date:
1986 Jan. 13
Scope and Contents:
Parts I and II. Examines seven works (1960s-1985) by painter Hassel Smith at the John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, Calif. Smith comments on each piece. Also heard are Paul Karlstrom, Archives of Art, West Coast Regional CenterDirector, and Barbara Scales.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California, Office of Educational Television and Radio, 1986 Jan. 13.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by University of California, Berkeley, Office of Educational Television and Radio. The tape and sound were used in "Hassel Smith : An Interview," Jan. 15, 1986; Paul Karlstrom, interviewer; produced by ETVR.
Rights:
Authorization to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publication requires written permission from the University of California Office of Educational Television and Radio. 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.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.univcalb2
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-univcalb2

Hassel Smith : an interview [videorecording]/ University of California, Berkeley Office of Educational Television and Radio ; co-producer, Paul Karlstrom

Topic:
Open window;
Creator:
University of California, Berkeley.. Office of Educational Television and Radio  Search this
Names:
ETVR (Television station)  Search this
University of California, Berkeley.. Office of Educational Television and Radio  Search this
Smith, Hassel, 1915-2007  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Extent:
1 Videocassettes (U-matic) ((30 min.), sd; col., 3/4 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Videocassettes (u-matic)
Video recordings
Date:
1986 Jan. 15
Scope and Contents:
A video taped interview of artist Hassel Smith, conducted by Paul Karlstrom, Archives of Art, West Coast Regional Center, and produced in collaboration by Karlstrom and the Office of Educational Television and Radio, University of California at studios of ETVR as program #43 of their "Open Window" series.
Smith dicusses his emmigration to England and his continued close ties to the San Francisco Bay Area art community; his experiences as a teacher of art in the British educational system compared to those in the U.S.; how teaching has affected his art; the development of his art as a so-called Abstract Expressionist to his current "color-shape" paintings; the terms "geometric" and "abstract" and their application to his own work; and the significance of gameboard and gamecourt, and the grid in his most recent work. Examples of Smith's paintings are shown throughout the interview.
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California, Office of Educational Television and Radio, 1986 Jan. 15.
Provenance:
Donated 1986 by University of California, Berkeley, Office of Educational Television and Radio.
Rights:
Authorization to quote or reproduce for the purposes of publication requires written permission from the University of California Office of Educational Television and Radio. 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.
Occupation:
Painters -- England -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Painters -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Identifier:
AAA.univcalb
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-univcalb

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