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Oral history interview with Billy Al Bengston, 2020 July 29

Interviewee:
Bengston, Billy Al, 1934-  Search this
Interviewer:
Simms, Matthew Thomas, 1967-  Search this
Subject:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Video recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Billy Al Bengston, 2020 July 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21964
AAA_collcode_bengst20
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_21964

Oral history interview with Billy Al Bengston

Creator:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Interviewer:
Simms, Matthew Thomas  Search this
Names:
Pandemic Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
1 Item ((27 min.), digital, mp4)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
2020 July 29
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Billy Al Bengston conducted 2020 July 29, by Matthew Simms, for the Archives of American Art's Pandemic Oral History Project at Bengston's home in Venice, California.
Biographical / Historical:
Billy Al Bengston (1934-2022) was a painter in Venice, California.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds an interview with Billy Al Bengston conducted 1980 September 9, by Susan Larsen, an interview with Bengston conducted 2002 August 7 and 2002 October 2, by Susan Ford Morgan, and the Billy Al Bengston papers.
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 open for research.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its Oral History Program interviews available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. Quotation, reproduction and publication of the audio is governed by restrictions. If an interview has been transcribed, researchers must quote from the transcript. If an interview has not been transcribed, researchers must quote from the audio recording. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters -- California -- Venice  Search this
Topic:
Pandemics  Search this
COVID-19 (Disease)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Video recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bengst20
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw976965560-e1a2-4922-8218-dc8265ce63f5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bengst20
Online Media:

Billy Al Bengston / [essay by Karen Tsujimoto]

Author:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Galerie Neuendorf AG (Frankfurt/Main)  Search this
Subject:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Physical description:
94 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
Call number:
ND237.B457 A4 1993a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_648052

Billy Al Bengston : paintings for the '90s : May 1990

Author:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
James Cocoran Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Physical description:
[44] p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
ND237.B457 A4 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_653639

3EP Ltd. records, 1970-1984, bulk 1979-1984

Creator:
3EP Ltd.  Search this
Subject:
Gilhooly, David  Search this
Francis, Sam  Search this
Fay, Joe  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire  Search this
Lobdell, Frank  Search this
Jefferson, Jack  Search this
Goldyne, Joseph R.  Search this
Phillips, Jay  Search this
Phillips, Matt  Search this
Sugarman, George  Search this
Zirker, Joseph  Search this
Cook, Gordon  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Arnoldi, Charles  Search this
Olivera, Nathan  Search this
Moses, Ed  Search this
Kirkeby, Paula  Search this
Anderson, Mary Margaret  Search this
Type:
Prints
Photograph albums
Photographs
Citation:
3EP Ltd. records, 1970-1984, bulk 1979-1984. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art publishing -- California -- Palo Alto  Search this
Intaglio printing  Search this
Graphic arts  Search this
Prints -- 20th century  Search this
Printmakers -- California  Search this
Theme:
Art instruction and services  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5717
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208555
AAA_collcode_3epltd
Theme:
Art instruction and services
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208555
Online Media:

Margery Byers papers, 1962

Creator:
Byers, Margery  Search this
Subject:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Kienholz, Edward  Search this
Kuntz, Roger  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
McLaughlin, John  Search this
Citation:
Margery Byers papers, 1962. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women authors  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5812
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208652
AAA_collcode_byermarg
Theme:
Women
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_208652

Photographs of Southern California artists / Arnold Chanin, photographer, 1969-2007

Creator:
Chanin, Arnold, 1934-  Search this
Subject:
Arnold, Chuck  Search this
Arnold, Florence M. (Florence Millner)  Search this
Bassler, Robert Covey  Search this
Bell, Larry  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Benjamin, Karl  Search this
Berlant, Anthony  Search this
Bieser, Natalie  Search this
Block, Irving  Search this
Brigante, Nicholas P.  Search this
Burkhardt, Hans Gustav  Search this
Casanova, Aldo John  Search this
Chann, George  Search this
Crutchfield, William  Search this
Csengeri, George  Search this
Cytron, Dan  Search this
De Miranda, Yvonne  Search this
Danieli, Edie  Search this
Danieli, Fidel  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Dimitrov, Lucienne Bloch  Search this
Dimitrov, Steve  Search this
Eversley, Frederick  Search this
Faiss, Fritz  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire  Search this
Finch, Keith  Search this
Finkelstein, Max  Search this
Fricano, Tom S.  Search this
Gebhardt, Harold  Search this
Gebhardt, Peter Martin  Search this
Gibson, George  Search this
Gino, Robert  Search this
Hanzakos, Claire  Search this
Hanzakos, Mike  Search this
Hartman, Donald  Search this
Jackman, Sandra  Search this
Johnston, Ynez  Search this
Krasnow, Peter  Search this
Kohn, Edmond  Search this
Kohn, Gabriel  Search this
Lagerberg, Don  Search this
Levi, Linda  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton  Search this
Mains, Brian  Search this
Mason, LaNelle  Search this
McLaughlin, John  Search this
Mesches, Arnold  Search this
Miller, Judith  Search this
Mullican, Lee  Search this
Murrill, Gwynn  Search this
Plagens, Peter  Search this
Richards, Bruce  Search this
Saar, Betye  Search this
Schifrin, Arnold  Search this
Schwarts, Jilda  Search this
Steinberg, Harry  Search this
Strombotne, James  Search this
Stussy, Jan  Search this
Stussy, Maxine Kim  Search this
Thompson, J. B.  Search this
Treiman, Joyce  Search this
Tunberg, William  Search this
Valerio, James  Search this
Vasa  Search this
Vilumsons, Alex  Search this
Wagner, Gordon  Search this
Woelffer, Emerson  Search this
Wullner-Faiss, Janet  Search this
Citation:
Photographs of Southern California artists / Arnold Chanin, photographer, 1969-2007. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Artists -- California -- Photographs  Search this
Photography  Search this
Theme:
Photography  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11161
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209533
AAA_collcode_chanarno
Theme:
Photography
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209533

Irving Blum Gallery and Ferus Gallery announcements, 1961-1972

Creator:
Irving Blum Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Johns, Jasper  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Warhol, Andy  Search this
Kauffman, Craig  Search this
Moses, Ed  Search this
Noland, Kenneth  Search this
Judd, Donald  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Bell, Larry  Search this
Bachardy, Don  Search this
Altoon, John  Search this
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Citation:
Irving Blum Gallery and Ferus Gallery announcements, 1961-1972. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8796
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)210980
AAA_collcode_irviblum
Theme:
Art Gallery Records
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_210980
Online Media:

[Photographs of artists taken by Mimi Jacobs, photographer], 1971-1981

Creator:
Jacobs, Mimi, 1911-1999  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Ansel  Search this
Adams, Mark  Search this
Allan, William George  Search this
Anderson, Jeremy  Search this
Armer, Ruth  Search this
Arneson, Robert  Search this
Arnoldi, Charles  Search this
Asawa, Ruth  Search this
Beall, Dennis Ray  Search this
Beasley, Bruce  Search this
Bechtle, Robert  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Benton, Fletcher  Search this
Berlant, Anthony  Search this
Bischoff, Elmer  Search this
Blunk, J. B.  Search this
Brice, William  Search this
Brown, Joan  Search this
Celmins, Vija  Search this
Chicago, Judy  Search this
Conner, Bruce  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen  Search this
DeFeo, Jay  Search this
De Forest, Roy  Search this
DeLap, Tony  Search this
Dickinson, Eleanor  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Dill, Guy  Search this
Falkenstein, Claire  Search this
Francis, Sam  Search this
Gilhooly, David  Search this
Goldyne, Joseph R.  Search this
Graham, Robert  Search this
Gooch, Gerald  Search this
Gordon, Russell Talbert  Search this
Hedrick, Wally  Search this
Holland, Tom  Search this
Hopkins, Henry  Search this
Howard, Robert Boardman  Search this
Hudson, Robert  Search this
Ihle, John Livingston  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Johnson, Robert E. (Robert Emory)  Search this
Kauffman, Craig  Search this
Light, Alvin  Search this
Lobdell, Frank  Search this
Martin, Bill  Search this
McLean, Richard Thorpe  Search this
Mullican, Lee  Search this
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Neri, Manuel  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan  Search this
Paris, Harold  Search this
Raffael, Joseph  Search this
Ramos, Mel  Search this
Reichman, Fred  Search this
Richardson, Sam  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Saar, Betye  Search this
Saunders, Raymond  Search this
Shaw, Richard  Search this
Siegriest, Louis B.  Search this
Sinton, Nell  Search this
Thiebaud, Wayne  Search this
Todd, Mike  Search this
Valledor, Leo  Search this
Villa, Carlos  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Wasserstein, Julius  Search this
Wiley, William T.  Search this
Woelffer, Emerson  Search this
Wonner, Paul  Search this
Zammitt, Norman  Search this
Citation:
[Photographs of artists taken by Mimi Jacobs, photographer], 1971-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Artists -- California -- Portraits  Search this
Artists -- California -- Photographs  Search this
Theme:
Photography  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9285
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211480
AAA_collcode_jacomimi
Theme:
Photography
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211480

Billy Al Bengston papers, circa 1940s-1989, bulk 1960-1988

Creator:
Bengston, Billy Al, 1934-  Search this
Subject:
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Plagens, Peter  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Flavin, Dan  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Chamberlain, John  Search this
Goode, Joe  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy  Search this
Andre, Carl  Search this
Alexander, Peter  Search this
Altoon, John  Search this
Martha Jackson Gallery  Search this
James Corcoran Gallery  Search this
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
John Berggruen Gallery (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Photographs
Citation:
Billy Al Bengston papers, circa 1940s-1989, bulk 1960-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10220
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213296
AAA_collcode_bengbill
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213296
Online Media:

Wallace Berman papers, 1907-1979, bulk 1955-1979

Creator:
Berman, Wallace, 1926-1976  Search this
Subject:
Heinecken, Robert  Search this
Hirschman, Jack  Search this
DeFeo, Jay  Search this
Herms, George  Search this
Jess  Search this
Hopper, Dennis  Search this
Jordan, Patricia M.  Search this
Johnson, Ray  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Di Prima, Diane  Search this
Fonda, Peter  Search this
Duncan, Robert Edward  Search this
Ginsberg, Allen  Search this
Wieners, John  Search this
McClure, Michael  Search this
Lamantia, Philip  Search this
Miller, Henry  Search this
Meltzer, David  Search this
Perkoff, Stuart Z.  Search this
Patchen, Kenneth  Search this
Sherman, Donald  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Sound recordings
Photographs
Citation:
Wallace Berman papers, 1907-1979, bulk 1955-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Poets  Search this
Collage  Search this
Art -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Assemblage (Art)  Search this
Beat generation  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Theme:
Photography  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10771
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214392
AAA_collcode_bermwall
Theme:
Photography
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214392
Online Media:

Craig Kauffman papers, 1946-1997

Creator:
Kauffman, Craig, 1932-2010  Search this
Subject:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Adams, Lisa  Search this
Shapiro, Babe  Search this
Moses, Ed  Search this
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Drawings
Motion pictures
Scrapbooks
Diaries
Citation:
Craig Kauffman papers, 1946-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Abstract expressionist  Search this
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6131
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216347
AAA_collcode_kaufcrai2
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216347
Online Media:

Nicholas Wilder Gallery records, 1944-1984, bulk 1968-1979

Creator:
Nicholas Wilder Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Holland, Tom  Search this
Hockney, David  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Moses, Ed  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Nauman, Bruce  Search this
Martin, Agnes  Search this
McCracken, John  Search this
Olitski, Jules  Search this
Price, Kenneth  Search this
Noland, Kenneth  Search this
Yokomi, Richard  Search this
Twombly, Cy  Search this
Wilder, Nicholas  Search this
Francis, Sam  Search this
Graham, Robert  Search this
Goode, Joe  Search this
Avedisian, Edward  Search this
Altoon, John  Search this
Davis, Ron  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
James Corcoran Gallery  Search this
Citation:
Nicholas Wilder Gallery records, 1944-1984, bulk 1968-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art dealers -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Theme:
Art Gallery Records  Search this
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6190
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216434
AAA_collcode_nichwild
Theme:
Art Gallery Records
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216434
Online Media:

Merle Schipper Papers, circa 1930s-1999

Creator:
Schipper, Merle  Search this
Subject:
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Guston, Philip  Search this
Smith, Kiki  Search this
Hélion, Jean  Search this
Holty, Carl  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Spratling, William  Search this
Biederman, Charles Joseph  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Orr, Eric  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Noland, Kenneth  Search this
Mullican, Matt  Search this
ArtScene (periodical)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Photographs
Prints
Transcripts
Drawings
Place:
France -- Paris -- photographs
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social life and customs
Citation:
Merle Schipper Papers, circa 1930s-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Theme:
Research and writing about art  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5984
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)229044
AAA_collcode_schimerl
Theme:
Research and writing about art
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_229044
Online Media:

Rosamund Felsen Gallery records, 1949-2014, bulk 1978-2014

Creator:
Rosamund Felsen Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Acerol, Ali  Search this
Ackerman, Robert E.  Search this
Beach, Alicia  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Boskovich, John  Search this
Cranston, Meg  Search this
Dowell, Roy  Search this
Gambrill, Jeff  Search this
Kabakov, Ilʹia︠ ︡Iosifovich  Search this
Kidon, Heidi  Search this
Jackson, Richard  Search this
Lodato, Peter  Search this
McCarthy, Paul  Search this
Oshiro, Kaz  Search this
Pittman, Lari  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Rothenberg, Erika  Search this
Ruppersberg, Allen  Search this
Shaw, Jim  Search this
Smith, Alexis  Search this
Sonnier, Keith  Search this
Syrop, Mitchell  Search this
Vallance, Jeffrey  Search this
Weber, Marnie  Search this
Kelley, Mike  Search this
Burden, Chris  Search this
Jiménez, Cisco  Search this
Felsen, Rosamund  Search this
Type:
Scrapbooks
Citation:
Rosamund Felsen Gallery records, 1949-2014, bulk 1978-2014. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Women art dealers  Search this
Theme:
Art Market  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16203
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)368159
AAA_collcode_rosafelg
Theme:
Art Market
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_368159
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Nathan Oliveira

Interviewee:
Oliveira, Nathan, 1928-2010  Search this
Interviewer:
Karlstrom, Paul J.  Search this
Names:
Albright, Ivan, 1897-1983  Search this
Beckmann, Max, 1884-1950  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Boyle, Keith  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Jackson, Martha Kellogg  Search this
Oldfield, Otis, 1890-1969  Search this
Extent:
92 Pages (Transcript, 1978-1980 sessions)
28 Pages (Transcript 1981 session)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1978 Aug. 9-1981 Dec. 29
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Nathan Oliveira conducted 1978 Aug. 9-1981 Dec. 29, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Oliveira speaks of his family background and ancestry; his childhood; his education; the development of his interest in art; working as a bookbinder; his inspirations from the old masters; studying with Max Beckmann and Otis Oldfield; his U.S. Army service; working with Richard Diebenkorn; getting established in galleries as a printmaker; teaching printmaking; his European travels; living in Illinois and its effect on his career; moving to California; and meeting and working with Martha Jackson. He recalls Billy Al Bengston, Ivan Albright, and Willem de Kooning, and discusses de Kooning's influence on him.
Oliveira also speaks of subject matter in his paintings, and his departure from and his later return to the human figure; the relationship between artist and model; the importance and persistence of the figurative tradition in American art; artists he admires. He recalls Keith Boyle and Frank Lobdell.
Biographical / Historical:
Nathan Oliveira (1928-2010) was a painter, printmaker, and sculptor from Stanford, Calif.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels and 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hrs., 39 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:
1978-1980 session; transcript: Transcript available on microfilm.
Occupation:
Artists' models  Search this
Topic:
Figurative art  Search this
Printmakers -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Artists' models -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Painters -- California -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.olivei78
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw973f41c6a-7f70-45ec-a356-536ec0195244
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-olivei78
Online Media:

Merle Schipper Papers

Creator:
Schipper, Merle, 1922-2001  Search this
Names:
ArtScene (periodical)  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Biederman, Charles Joseph, 1906-2004  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard, 1922-1993  Search this
Guston, Philip, 1913-1980  Search this
Holty, Carl, 1900-1973  Search this
Hélion, Jean, 1904-1987  Search this
Mullican, Matt, 1951-  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010  Search this
Orr, Eric, 1939-1998  Search this
Smith, Kiki, 1954-  Search this
Spratling, William, 1900-1967  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Extent:
12.1 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Photographs
Prints
Transcripts
Drawings
Place:
France -- Paris -- Photographs
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Social life and customs
Date:
circa 1930s-1999
Summary:
The papers of Los Angeles art historian, art critic, and writer Merle Schipper measure 12.1 linear feet and date from circa 1930s to 1999. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writing and research project files, printed material, writings by others, photographs, and artwork.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Los Angeles art historian, art critic, and writer Merle Schipper measure 12.1 linear feet and date from circa 1930s to 1999. The papers include biographical material, correspondence, writing and research project files, printed material, writings by others, photographs, and artwork.

Biographical material consists of a notebook planner and professional contact addresses, as well as Schipper's resume and bibliography. Scattered correspondence is both personal and professional with family and colleagues.

Over one-half of the collection consists of Schipper's writing, research, project, and exhibition files. There are drafts, essays, manuscripts, notes, and research documentation about California art and artists, an exhibition of craftsman William Spratling curated by Schipper, Schipper's dissertation and additional projects on Jean Helion, the exhibition Americans in Paris in the 1950s (1997), additional exhibitions, as well as transcripts of interviews with artists. The research files on Helion include an interview transcript with Willem de Kooning about Helion and correspondence with artists about Helion, including Charles Biederman, Alexander Calder, Philip Guston, Carl Holty, Jack Tworkov, and others. Additional exhibition files are found for Visions of Inner Space (1988) and Marmo: The New Italian Stone Age (1989). Artists interviewed by Schipper include Billy Al Bengston, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Laddie John Dill, Kenneth Noland, Eric Orr, and others.

Extensive printed materials include clippings and copies of journals and periodicals containing Schipper's writings.

There are a few scattered writings by others about art and artists. Photographs are of Schipper, artists, artwork, and places, including Paris. Artwork includes one original poster print by Kiki Smith and one drawing by Matt Mullican.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 7 series.

Missing Title

Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1970s-1998 (5 folders; Box 1)

Series 2: General Correspondence, 1944-circa 1998 (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Writing and Research Project Files, circa 1930s-1999 (7.8 linear feet; Boxes 1-9)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1933-1997 (3.1 linear feet; Boxes 9-12, OV14-16)

Series 5: Writings By Others, circa 1944-1991 (0.2 linear feet; Box 12)

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1960s-circa 1992 (0.6 linear feet; Boxes 12-13)

Series 7: Artwork, 1982-1992 (0.1 linear feet; Box 13, OV16)
Biographical / Historical:
Merle Schipper (1922-2001) was an art historian, writer, and art critic active in Los Angeles, California.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Merle Solway Schipper was naturalized in Los Angeles in 1950 and received a PhD in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1974. Schipper was a familiar figure on the Los Angeles art scene. Her primary scholarly focus grew out of her dissertation research on Jean Helion, but much of her writing attention was devoted to Los Angeles artists and art world events. She was a regular contributor to many art periodicals, including ArtScene, Images and Issues, Artweek, ARTnews, and the Los Angeles Daily News.

As an independent curator, Schipper's research interests led to several exhibitions, including Americans in Paris: the 50s (1979) at California State University, Northridge, Visions of Inner Space (1988) co-curated with Lee Mullican at UCLA's Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, Marmo: the New Italian Stone Age (1989), Being There/Being Here: Nine Perspectives in New Italian Art (1991), traveling exhibition sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute, and an exhibition of William Spratling for the Craft and Folk Art Museum in 1997. Schipper also taught and lectured at UCLA, USC, CSU Northridge, and Claremont Graduate School.

Merle Schipper died in 2001.
Provenance:
The Merle Schipper papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2002 by the Merle Schipper Estate via Schipper's daughter Amy Schipper Howe.
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.
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.
Occupation:
Art critics -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art historians -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Authors -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Photographs
Prints
Transcripts
Drawings
Citation:
Merle Schipper papers, circa 1930s-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.schimerl
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Merle Schipper Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f9def13e-db14-404e-bdeb-bd0882698b5f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schimerl
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Oral history interview with Billy Al Bengston, 1980 September 9

Interviewee:
Bengston, Billy Al, 1934-  Search this
Interviewer:
Larsen, Susan C.  Search this
Subject:
Price, Kenneth  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Billy Al Bengston, 1980 September 9. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12049
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212254
AAA_collcode_bengst80
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212254

Oral history interview with Billy Al Bengston

Interviewee:
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Interviewer:
Larsen, Susan C.  Search this
Names:
Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Price, Kenneth, 1935-2012  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Extent:
38 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1980 September 9
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Billy Al Bengston conducted 1980 September 9, by Susan Larsen, for the Archives of American Art.
Bengston speaks of his youth and education, the development of his interest in art, his short career in ceramics, his affiliation with the Ferus Gallery, the arts community in Los Angeles in the early 1950s, and his motives and methods of painting. He recalls Kenneth Price and Edward Ruscha.
Biographical / Historical:
Billy Al Bengston (1934- ) is a painter from Venice, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 20 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:
Ceramicists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bengst80
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c4d5edb7-db55-49fc-8ea5-d0df2023925b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bengst80
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Henry Tyler Hopkins, 1980 Oct. 24-Dec. 17

Interviewee:
Hopkins, Henry T. (Henry Tyler), 1928-2009  Search this
Interviewer:
Chamberlin, Wesley  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Goode, Joe  Search this
Bell, Larry  Search this
Bereal, Edmund  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Copley, William Nelson  Search this
Bengston, Billy Al  Search this
Ruscha, Edward  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Price, Kenneth  Search this
Irwin, Robert  Search this
Kline, Franz  Search this
Blum, Shirley Neilsen.  Search this
Miyashiro, Ron  Search this
Fort Worth Art Museum  Search this
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art  Search this
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Henry Tyler Hopkins, 1980 Oct. 24-Dec. 17. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Art -- California -- San Francisco  Search this
Pop art  Search this
Museum directors -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12844
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213228
AAA_collcode_hopkin80
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_213228
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