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Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records, circa 1920-1983, bulk 1949-1975

Creator:
Perls, Frank, 1910-1975  Search this
Perls, Frank  Search this
Subject:
Chuey, Robert  Search this
Brice, William  Search this
Lebrun, Rico  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques  Search this
Matisse, Henri  Search this
McGarrell, James  Search this
Peake, Channing  Search this
Amato, Sam  Search this
Warsaw, Howard  Search this
Strombotne, James  Search this
Ray, Man  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Perls, Klaus  Search this
Curt Valentin Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Type:
Short stories
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Sales records
Gallery records
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Beverly Hills  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Curators -- California  Search this
Art -- Forgeries  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9601
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211805
AAA_collcode_perlfran
Theme:
The Art Market
Art Gallery Records
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211805
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Steve Martin

Interviewee:
Martin, Steve, 1945-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Names:
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Extent:
77 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2013 February 4-5
Scope and Contents:
An oral history interview with Steve Martin conducted 2013 February 4-5, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art and the Center for the History of Collecting in America at the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection, at Martin's home, in Beverly Hills, California.
Martin speaks about his first encounters with art while majoring in philosophy at California State University, Long Beach; the significance of dining at Dalton Trumbo's home with luminaries of the artistic community; how the cost of the up-and-comers of the 1960s has changed since he bought his first print; his perception of art in the 1960s, coinciding with Warhol's eminence; having an art show at the Molly Barnes Gallery called Invisible Art, which he has not discussed since; learning to buy valuable art using the catalogue raisonné; studying American art in college libraries and museums while touring the country as a comedian; his transition from aspiring aesthete to collector of art; his philosophy of collecting, from coins to art; his thoughts on taking custody of paintings; envying other collections as the dark side of collecting; the validity of the artist's statement; trying to describe a painting; notoriety of American artists abroad; seeking an emotional response to art; reading a painting; and the difference between his past and current collecting styles. Martin also recalls Melissa Trumbo, Dalton Trumbo, Phil Carey, Armand Duvantes [sp], Terry Delapp, Gerald Peters, Anne Martin, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Victoria Dailey and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Interviewee Steve Martin (1945- ) is an art collector, comedian, actor, musician, and author in Beverly Hills, Calif. Interviewer James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator of New York, N.Y.
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.
Restrictions:
This interview is access restricted; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Beverly Hills -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.martin13
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-martin13

Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records

Creator:
Perls, Frank  Search this
Names:
Curt Valentin Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
M. Knoedler & Co.  Search this
Amato, Sam, 1924-  Search this
Brice, William, 1921-  Search this
Chuey, Robert  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954  Search this
McGarrell, James, 1930-  Search this
Peake, Channing, 1910-  Search this
Perls, Klaus  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Ray, Man, 1890-1976  Search this
Strombotne, James  Search this
Warsaw, Howard  Search this
Extent:
23.8 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Short stories
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Sales records
Gallery records
Date:
circa 1920-1983
bulk 1949-1975
Summary:
The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records measure 23.8 linear feet and date from 1920-1983, with the bulk dating from 1949-1975. Personal papers include writings, military records, appointment calendars, and photographs. Gallery records date from its opening in 1939 until its closure in 1981 and consist of financial, sales, and legal records; exhibition files; exhibition catalogs and announcements; subject files that contain a variety of correspondence with artists, dealers, galleries, museums, and friends and family, as well as reference materials and photographs; and scrapbooks.
Scope and Content Note:
The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records measure 23.8 linear feet and date from 1920-1983, with the bulk dating from 1949-1975. Personal papers include writings, military records, appointment calendars, and photographs. Gallery records date from its opening in 1939 until its closure in 1981 and consist of financial, sales, and legal records; exhibition files; exhibition catalogs and announcements; subject files that contain a variety of correspondence with artists, dealers, galleries, museums, and friends and family, as well as reference materials and photographs; and scrapbooks.

Personal papers contain biographical materials, including military records from Perls' service in the army during World War II, personal photographs, documentation on his estate settlement, and numerous short stories. Of particular interest are Perl's stories about his interactions with Pablo Picasso and his work to uncover fraud, fakes, and corruption in the art world. There are also many photographs of Picasso, photographs of family, the war, and Perls, including two original photographs of Perls by Man Ray.

Gallery sales, purchases, consignments, insurance appraisals, loans, provenance research, and general business expenses are well documented in the General Business and Financial Records. Perls jointly owned artwork with several galleries in New York, including the Curt Valentine Gallery and M. Knoedler Gallery, and these consignment and joint sales are documented in the invoices. A complete accounting of the Gallery's income and expense reports from 1950-1971 is also be found in this series. Artists extensively documented through financial transactions are William Brice, James Strombotne, and Howard Warsaw.

Extensive exhibition files document the gallery's exhibitions and Perl's curatorial work. Files contain varied documentation, such as photographs, catalogs, announcements, and publicity for Frank Perls Gallery shows from 1939 through 1971. Artists represented in this series include Sam Amato, Robert Chuey, Jaques Lipchitz, Pablo Picasso, James McGarrell, and James Strombotne. Files are also found for the two major retrospective exhibitions Perls organized and curated, Matisse Retrospective at University of California, Los Angeles and Sixty Years of Picasso Prints at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, both in 1966. Additional information about these exhibitions is also found in the Subject Files.

Subject Files are extensive and varied in name, content, and topic. They consist mostly of correspondence with friends, family, colleagues, artists, critics, galleries and dealers, clients, arts organizations and associations, publications, and others. There are also reference files and exhibition files for exhibitions held at other galleries and museums in which Perls was interested, guest curated, or loaned artwork. The contents of each file unit varies, but many include correspondence, photographs, appraisal records, sales records, invoices, reports, and membership records. The files highlight his close personal relationship with many artists, including William Brice, Rico Lebrun, James McGarrell, Channing Peake, Pablo Picasso, and James Strombotne. Subject Files also contain abundant correspondence with colleagues and family members, including his brother Klaus, who owned and operated the Perls Gallery in New York. Many of the files concern Perl's work with art documentation and authentication. Subject Files have been arranged according to Frank Perls original order.

Finally, scrapbooks contain newspaper articles, catalogs, and announcements about exhibitions at the Perls Gallery in New York during the late 1930s and the Frank Perls Gallery in Los Angeles during the 1950s.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into 5 series:

Series 1: Frank Perls papers, circa 1920-1981 (Box 1-2, 28; 1.1 linear feet)

Series 2: General Financial and Business Records, 1949-1975 (Box 2-4, 23-27; 3.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1937-1975 (Box 5-6; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 4: Subject Files, circa 1939-1983 (Box 6-22; 16.5 linear feet)

Series 5. Scrapbooks, 1937-1957 (Box 28; 0.3 linear feet)
Historical Note:
Frank Perls (1910-1975) was founder and sole owner of the Frank Perls Gallery in Beverly Hills, California.

Frank Perls was born in Germany on October 23, 1910. His parents, Hugo and Kaethe Perls, owned one of the leading art galleries in Berlin, and sold the work of many well-known artists. Artists works included in the gallery inventory were pieces by Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Cézanne, among others. His parents enjoyed a close friendship with Picasso, a relationship Perls maintained until Picasso's death in 1973. After his parents divorce in 1931, his mother left Germany and eventually opened the Galerie Kaethe in Paris.Frank Perls studied art history at the Universities of Munich, Berlin, and Frankfurt and joined his mother at the Galerie Kaethe in 1932.

Frank Perls immigrated to the United States in 1937 and partnered with his brother, Klaus Perls, to open the Perls Galleries in New York. Two years later he moved to California and opened the Frank Perls Gallery on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. During those first years, the Gallery hosted exhibitions by Man Ray, Eugene Berman, and John Decker.

Perls closed his gallery in 1942 when he enlisted in the United States Army. Because he was fluent in both French and German, Perls served as an interpreter at the Military Intelligence Service, European Theater of Operations. He landed in Normandy with the 30th Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star in 1944. In 1945, Perls was assigned to the Arts and Monuments Section of Allied Military Government in Germany. He was honorably discharged in September, 1945.

After the war, Perls returned to Los Angeles and managed the recently opened Associated American Artists Gallery in Beverly Hills. The gallery was organized in 1934 and marketed art to the middle classes with the opportunity to purchase prints at affordable prices. Perls made significant contacts during his tenure at the gallery and eventually opened his own Beverly Hills gallery in 1950.

The Frank Perls Gallery on Camden Drive was closely associated with the Pierre Matisse Gallery and the Curt Valentin Gallery in New York, both major sources of exhibition materials for the early years. Perls introduced southern California to artists he believed represented the best modern art of America and Europe - Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Ben Shahn, Georgia O'Keeffe, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, and Jean Dubuffet. Between 1950 to 1954, Frank Perls Gallery organized the first West coast exhibitions of Joan Miro, Marino Marini, and Alberto Giacometti. Perls also gave exhibitions to newly emerging artists of Southern California artists, including William Brice, Robert Chuey, Rico Lebrun, James McGarrell, Channing Peake, and Howard Warsaw.

Perls moved his gallery to Wilshire Boulevard in 1965 and stopped representing California artists at that time to focus primarily on major exhibitions of Henri Matisse and Picasso. In 1966, he helped organize an extensive traveling Henri Matisse exhibition at UCLA called Matisse Retrospective. Perls worked with Matisse's children, Pierre, Jean, and Marguerite Duthuit, to identify 345 prints and sculptures and attach family inventory numbers to them.

Frank Perls also organized several large Picasso exhibitions, including the Bonne Fete Monsieur Picasso exhibit at UCLA in 1961 and the 45 Selected Picasso Graphics exhibition at Frank Perls Gallery in 1971. For his work in preparing these major exhibitions in California of Matisse and Picasso, Perls was made a life fellow of the Los Angeles County Museum.

Perls was a member of the Art Dealers of America, serving for several years on the Board of Directors and as director. He was also dedicated to exposing art fakes and forgeries, earning a reputation for discovering, exposing, and pursuing disreputable art appraisers and dealers. Perls wrote extensively about modern art and artists, as well as his experiences in short stories that often appeared in print.

Frank Perls died on February 8, 1975 from complications following open-heart surgery. The Gallery remained open until 1981 while his executor and family distributed the gallery inventory.
Provenance:
The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records were donated by Joan Hazlitt, one of the executors of the Perls' estate, from 1976-1988.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Beverly Hills  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Curators -- California  Search this
Art -- Forgeries  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- California -- Beverly Hills
Genre/Form:
Short stories
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Sales records
Gallery records
Citation:
Frank Perls papers and Frank Perls Gallery records, circa 1920-1983, bulk 1949-1975. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.perlfran
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-perlfran
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Oral history interview with Billy Wilder, 1995 February 14

Interviewee:
Wilder, Billy, 1906-2002  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J  Search this
Subject:
Wilder, Billy  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Filmmakers -- California -- Beverly Hills -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13330
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215851
AAA_collcode_wilder95
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215851
Online Media:

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

Interviewee:
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, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Women art dealers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Art dealers -- California -- Interviews  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 Patricia Faure, 2004 Nov. 17-24

Interviewee:
Faure, Patricia, 1928-  Search this
Interviewer:
Ehrlich, Susan, 1942-  Search this
Subject:
Asher & Faure  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11894
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)249406
AAA_collcode_faure04
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_249406
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Steve Martin, 2013 February 4-5

Interviewee:
Martin, Steve, 1945-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Beverly Hills -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16132
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)363700
AAA_collcode_martin13
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_363700

Oral history interview with Tony Ganz, 2014 December 6

Interviewee:
Ganz, Tony, 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter  Search this
Subject:
Bonin, Ted  Search this
Bontecou, Lee  Search this
d'Offay, Anthony  Search this
Deitsch, Jeffrey  Search this
Fries, Charles W.  Search this
Ganz, Paul  Search this
Ganz, Sally  Search this
Ganz, Sol  Search this
Ganz, Victor  Search this
Hesse, Eva  Search this
Lowry, Glenn D.  Search this
Marks, Matthew  Search this
Matta-Clark, Gordon  Search this
Mutrux, Gail  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Thek, Paul  Search this
Weinberg, Adam D.  Search this
Whiteread, Amber  Search this
Zwirner, David  Search this
D. Lisner Jewelry  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Motion picture producers and directors  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16213
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)368428
AAA_collcode_ganz14
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_368428
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Tony Ganz

Interviewee:
Ganz, Tony  Search this
Interviewer:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter  Search this
Names:
Art Collectors: A Project in Partnership with the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection  Search this
D. Lisner Jewelry  Search this
Harvard University -- Students  Search this
Bonin, Ted  Search this
Bontecou, Lee, 1931-  Search this
Deitsch, Jeffrey  Search this
Fries, Charles W., 1928-  Search this
Ganz, Paul  Search this
Ganz, Sally  Search this
Ganz, Sol  Search this
Ganz, Victor  Search this
Hesse, Eva, 1936-1970  Search this
Lowry, Glenn D.  Search this
Marks, Matthew  Search this
Matta-Clark, Gordon, 1943-1978  Search this
Mutrux, Gail  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973  Search this
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Thek, Paul  Search this
Weinberg, Adam D.  Search this
Whiteread, Amber  Search this
Zwirner, David  Search this
d'Offay, Anthony  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (Sound recording: 4 sound files (2 hr., 4 min.), digital, wav)
41 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2014 December 6
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Tony Ganz conducted 2014 December 6, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art and the Center for the History of Collecting in America at the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection, at Ganz's home in Brentwood, California.
Ganz speaks of his parents, siblings, and early childhood; growing up in New York city; his family's collection and interest in art; collecting Picasso; going to museums and galleries as a kid; understanding Picasso; Putney School; his interest in photography and film; attending Harvard; making films; meeting his wife; beginning collecting; collecting drawings; building his collection; equity; Eva Hesse; Amber Whiteread; Gordon Matta-Clark; Moving to Beachwood Canyon; Robert Smithson; Paul Thek; Ted Bonin; Claes Oldenberg; Frank Stella; plan for his collection; following one's intuition; ones that got away; and friends in the art world. Ganz also recalls Victor and Sally Ganz, Paul Ganz, Sol Ganz, D. Lisner Jewelry, Chuck Fries, Gail Mutrux, Matthew Marks, Anthony D'Offay, Jeffrey Deitsch, Lee Bontecou, David Zwirner, Adam Weinberg, and Glenn Lowry.
Biographical / Historical:
Tony Ganz (1947-) is a film producer in Brentwood, California. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is an art critic and writer from Beverly Hills, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 SD memory cards as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 4 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.
Restrictions:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Filmmakers  Search this
Topic:
Motion picture producers and directors  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Photography  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.ganz14
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ganz14

Oral history interview with Patricia Faure

Interviewee:
Faure, Patricia, 1928-2008  Search this
Interviewer:
Ehrlich, Susan, 1942-  Search this
Names:
Asher & Faure  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Sound recording, master: 6 sound discs (5 hrs. and 20 min.) : digital ; 2 5/8 in)
104 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 Nov. 17-24
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Patricia Faure conducted 2004 Nov. 17-24, by Susan Ehrlich, for the Archives of American Art, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Faure spoke about her early childhood in Wisconsin and the family's move to California; attending Hollywood High and meeting young stars; modeling; working for Vincent Price on Saturday's during high school; moving to New York for her modeling career; her first husband Philip Peyton; classes at the New School of Social Research, New York; meeting Joseph Cornell; her return to Los Angeles in the early 1950s; Riko Mizuno and other galleries in operation before she opened Asher-Faure;photography; her marriage to Jacques Faure and living in France; her daughter Zazu, born 1965; working for Nick Wilder, and the numerous artists and actors she met through his gallery; opening Asher-Faure with Betty Asher; the growth of galleries and art museums in Southern California; collectors; art writers, including Christopher Knight, Suzanne Muchnic, David Pagel, Leah Ollman, and Holly Meyers; her shows that combine a New York gallery and an artist from that gallery, for example the André Emmerich Gallery and Franz Kline or Philip Guston; the other businesses in Bergamont Station; her enjoyment of putting up a show; dogs bringing their owners into her gallery space; the independence of the art market from the stock market; and how she has profited in many ways from this journey. Faure also recalls Man Ray, Rico Lebrun, Frank Sinatra, Larry Rivers, Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston, John Altoon, Sam Francis, Irving Blum, Peggy Moffit, Bill Claxton, Felix Landau, Everett Ellin, Maurice Tuchman, Rona Pondick, Jo Baer, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Patricia Faure (1928-2008) was a gallery owner from Los Angeles, Calif. Interviewer Susan Ehrlich: Art historian, Beverly Hills, 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial
Art museums
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.faure04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-faure04

Oral history interview with Billy Wilder

Creator:
Wilder, Billy, 1906-2002  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Wilder, Billy, 1906- -- Art collections  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound cassette (Sound recording, master (30 min.), analog)
8 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1995 February 14
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Billy Wilder conducted 1995 February 14, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Wilder discusses his early days in Austria, first interest in art, and his flight to the United States.
Biographical / Historical:
Billy Wilder (1906-2002) was a filmmaker and art collector from Beverly Hills, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 30 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. Funding for transcription provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Filmmakers -- California -- Beverly Hills -- Interviews  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.wilder95
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wilder95

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.
Topic:
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- United States -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Women art dealers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Art dealers -- California -- Interviews  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

African art and silicon chips : a life in science and art / Jay T. Last

Author:
Last, Jay T.  Search this
Subject:
Last, Jay T  Search this
Last, Jay T Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
182, 10 unnumbered pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, portraits ; 29 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Africa, Sub-Saharan
California
Beverly Hills
Date:
2015
Topic:
Art--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Physicists  Search this
Art, African--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Art, Black  Search this
Art, Congolese (Democratic Republic)  Search this
Art, African--Private collections  Search this
African art collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1054901

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