An interview of Richard Bellamy, concerning the Hansa Gallery, conducted 1963, by Richard Brown Baker, for the Archives of American Art.
Bellamy speaks of the Hansa Gallery's original organization by a group of Hans Hofmann's students; Hansa's location, purpose and program; and the definition of a cooperative gallery. Bellamy reminisces about his early life in Cincinnati, the influence of the Provincetown exhibition in 1949, becoming manager and director of Hansa Gallery and the gallery's move uptown. He discusses financial arrangements with artists, guest exhibitions, collectors, the gallery's location and its disadvantages in regard to visitors and critics, an Allan Kaprow exhibition, and the inclusion of Hansa artists in the Whitney Museum of American Art's annuals and other exhibitions.
He comments on Hansa's reputation, ART NEWS notices, comparisons of the Hansa and Green galleries, the weaknesses of a cooperative gallery, the search for new artists, financial problems, reasons for closing the gallery, galleries where original Hansa artists now exhibit and the gallery's importance in the art life of the times. He recalls John Gruen, Richard Stankiewicz, Miles Forst, Jan Muller, Myron Stout, and Thomas Hess.
Biographical / Historical:
Richard Bellamy (1927-1998) was an art dealer from New York, N.Y.
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 34 min.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art's 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.
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
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Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
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2 Linear feet ((on a partial microfilm reel))
Scope and Contents:
Seven scrapbooks (1931-1982), annotated sketchbooks and other materials cover Margit Varga's career. One scrapbook documents the activities of the Painters and Sculptors' Gallery, 2 contain photographs of Varga and printed material concerning her work as Art Director at LIFE magazine, and 4 have photographs of Varga's paintings, clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and a few letters concerning Varga's career as a painter. Other materials include 2 biographical accounts (1970, 1982), an outline for the Time-Life book AMERICA'S ARTS AND SKILLS, annotated sketchbooks (1955-1984), clippings (1941-1980), exhibition catalogs (1938-1985), and covers for 3 of Varga's books.
Biographical / Historical:
Art director and painter; New York, N.Y. Born in New York City of Hungarian parents, Varga studied at the National Academy of Design and received art training at the Art Students League with Boardman Johnson and Robert Laurent. In 1931, frustrated by the indifference of art dealers to works by younger artists, she opened a cooperative Painters and Sculptors' Gallery, which stayed in business for 3 years. Beginning in 1936, Varga worked for many years for LIFE magazine. In 1960, she became art consultant for TIME, Inc.
Lent for microfilming 1988 by Margit Varga.
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
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