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Oral history interview with Jeffrey Deitch, 2006 May 15

Interviewee:
Deitch, Jeffrey, 1950-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Acconci, Vito  Search this
Andre, Carl  Search this
Beecroft, Vanessa  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Dwan, Virginia  Search this
Halley, Peter  Search this
Haring, Keith  Search this
Koons, Jeff  Search this
Panza, Giuseppe  Search this
Pretto, Julian  Search this
Ray, Charles  Search this
Harvard Business School  Search this
John Weber Gallery  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13556
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)258750
AAA_collcode_deitch06
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_258750
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Jeffrey Deitch

Interviewee:
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Creator:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Names:
Harvard Business School -- Students  Search this
John Weber Gallery  Search this
Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.) -- Students  Search this
Acconci, Vito, 1940-  Search this
Andre, Carl, 1935-  Search this
Beecroft, Vanessa  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Dwan, Virginia  Search this
Halley, Peter  Search this
Haring, Keith  Search this
Koons, Jeff  Search this
Panza, Giuseppe  Search this
Pretto, Julian  Search this
Ray, Charles  Search this
Extent:
33 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2006 May 15
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Jeffrey Deitch conducted 2006 May 15, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art, at Deitch Projects on Grand Street, in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, New York. Deitch discusses his childhood in Hartford, Connecticut; growing up in a family business; his experience as an exchange student in France and Japan during his teenage years; his education in economics and art history at Wesleyan University; the opening of his own local art gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts; his move to New York and his first job at the John Weber gallery as a secretary; curating an exhibition called "Lives" which described how artists use their lives as an art medium; attending Harvard Business School; moving back to New York and starting an art advisory program for Citibank in 1979; his travels to Asia; his first New York gallery opening with artists Peter Halley and Charles Ray; opening Deitch Projects in 1996; the administration of the gallery, including investing in an archivist, a financial manager, and a press liaison; incorporating popular musical acts into shows, attesting to his belief in diversity in the arts; his view of gallery publicity and criticism; art fairs versus traditional art galleries; discussion of works of art such as Tu M' (1918) by Marcel Duchamp and Edouard Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergere (1881-82); and art education evolving into a more professional field. Deitch also recalls John Weber, Carl Andre, John Cage, Vito Acconci, Jeff Koons, Julian Pretto, Vanessa Beecroft, Virginia Dwan, Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, Keith Haring, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Jeffrey Deitch (1950- ) is an art dealer from New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 12 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.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- Massachusetts
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.deitch06
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-deitch06

Dan Friedman Papers

Creator:
Friedman, Dan, 1945-1995  Search this
Names:
Allgemeie Gewerbeschule  Search this
Anspach Grossman Portugal, Inc.  Search this
Bergdorf Goodman, New York  Search this
Bonwit Teller & Co.  Search this
Citibank (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Gran Fury  Search this
Hochschule für Gestaltung (Ulm, Germany)  Search this
Jeffrey Deitch Art Advisory Services  Search this
National Public Radio (U.S.)  Search this
Neotu (Gallery)  Search this
Pentagram Design  Search this
State University of New York at Purchase  Search this
WilliWear (Firm)  Search this
Yale University -- General subdivision--Catalogs  Search this
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Haring, Keith  Search this
Extent:
16 Cubic feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Stationery
Clippings
Statistics
Correspondence
Photographs
Lecture notes
Speeches
Sketches
Slides
Brochures
Mechanicals
Transparencies
Financial records
Articles
Date:
1967 - 1995
Scope and Contents:
General correspondence files contain all communications that do not pertain to a specific project. Because Friedman's personal life and business were so interconnected, many of his business associates also shared personal correspondence with the designer.,Materials in this collection document Friedman's work from 1967, as a student, until his death in 1995.

Files that document his affiliations with Yale University and the State University of New York at Purchase include administrative memos, proposals, lecture outlines, syllabi, bibliographies, examples of students' work, and design projects Friedman did for each school. A copy of the goals and objectives of the Division of Visual Arts within the School of the Arts at SUNY Purchase written by Friedman is included.

Project files include business correspondence, invoices, sketches, contracts, clippings, photographs, and slides. In the case of his graphic projects, some samples of stationery and brochures are included. Extensive documentation exists for Friedman's projects for Citibank, WilliWear, National Public Radio, and Bonwit Teller. Some correspondence is in German. Friedman's lecture notes, proposals for articles and books, and drafts of many articles are included. Clippings of articles on the designer and his work are arranged chronologically.

Research files consist of articles and Friedman's notes on topics of interest to him, such as typography, structure, simultaneity, and information theory. Photographs, slides, and transparencies of many of Friedman's projects, his sources of inspiration, and the work of his students are included.
Arrangement:
Record Groups include:

1: General Correspondence

2: University Affiliations

3: Project Files

4: Lectures and Writings

5: Clippings

6: Research Materials

7: Photographs and Slides
Biographical / Historical:
Educator, graphic and furniture designer. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, 1945. Friedman recieved a BFA from Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburg, PA. He studied graphic design at Hochschule fur Gestaltung, Ulm, and studied with Armin Hofmann and Wolfgang Weingart at Allgemeine Gewerbeschule, Basel. Friedman returned to America in 1969 and began his career as graphic designer for large corporations.

He worked with the firm Anspach Grossman Portugal as a senior designer from 1975 to 1977. Friedman contributed significantly to what came to be known as "post-modern" or "new wave" typography in the 1970s. He taught graphic design at Yale University, 1970-73. He became Assistant Professor and Chairman of the Board of Study in Design at the State University of New York at Purchase, 1972-1975. Friedman designed catalogs and brochures for both universities. Friedman worked with Pentagram Design in New York City from 1979 to 1984. He designed corporate identity programs, posters, publications, packaging, letterheads, and logos, for clients such as Citibank, and Williwear.

Friedman was a long-time friend of artist Keith Haring, and designed the book, "Keith Haring", 1982. He was the author of "Dan Friedman: Radical Modernism", 1994, and co-authored with Jeffrey Deitch, "Cultural Geometry", 1988, and "Artificial Nature", 1990. He designed the books "New Italian Design", 1990, and "Post Human", 1992. He also designed furniture, lighting, screens, wall elements, and interiors. Many of his furniture designs were done especially for Galerie Noetu in Paris. Among his best known furniture designs are the 1989 Virgin Screen, 1989 Zoid sofa and chair, and the Three Mile Island lamps.

Friedman served as the Frank Stanton Professor of Graphic Design at the Cooper Union in New York city, from 1994 until his death in 1995.
Related Materials:
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Drawings and Prints Department

Hundreds of designs for letterheads, logos, business cards, invitations, greeting cards, furniture, lighting, screens, office interiors, shoppings bags and gift boxes, calendars, packaging, weather pattern diagrams and maps, book covers, and posters

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Applied Arts Department

"U.S.A." table and dome-shaped floor lamp.,.

Friedman's work can be found in the collections of the following museums: Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Museum of Decorative Arts, Montreal, Canada; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Seibu, Tokyo; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; and Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Provenance:
This collection was donated to the museum by the designer's brother, Ken Friedman in 1995.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Occupation:
Graphic designers  Search this
Packaging designers  Search this
Topic:
Packaging -- Design  Search this
Design education -- United States  Search this
Graphic arts -- United States  Search this
Furniture design -- United States  Search this
Signs and symbols -- Design  Search this
Letterheads -- Design  Search this
Corporate image -- Design  Search this
Logos (Symbols) -- Design  Search this
Printing  Search this
Postmodernism -- United States  Search this
Posters -- Design  Search this
Book design -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Stationery
Clippings
Statistics
Correspondence
Photographs -- 20th century
Lecture notes
Speeches
Sketches
Slides
Brochures
Mechanicals
Transparencies
Financial records
Articles
Citation:
Dan Friedman Papers, 1967-1995, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1277
See more items in:
Dan Friedman Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1277
Online Media:

Deitch, Jeffrey

Collection Creator:
André Emmerich Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 24, Folder 53
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997-1998
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Access of diaries and appointment books required written permission.
Collection Rights:
The André Emmerich Gallery records and André Emmerich papers 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.
Collection Citation:
André Emmerich Gallery records and André Emmerich papers, circa 1929-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
André Emmerich Gallery records
André Emmerich Gallery records / Series 3: Administrative Files / 3.4: Sotheby's
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-andremmg-ref1304

Stationary for Jeffrey Deitch

Designer:
Dan Friedman, American, 1945–1995  Search this
Client:
Jeffrey Deitch  Search this
Medium:
Lithograph on white paper
Type:
graphic design
Envelope
Object Name:
Envelope
Made in:
USA
Credit Line:
Gift of Ken Friedman
Accession Number:
1997-19-620
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq42d0e1dc5-80fd-4835-967d-dba62d088085
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1997-19-620

Stationary for Jeffrey Deitch

Designer:
Dan Friedman, American, 1945–1995  Search this
Client:
Jeffrey Deitch  Search this
Medium:
Lithograph on heavy white paper
Type:
graphic design
Card
Object Name:
Card
Made in:
USA
Credit Line:
Gift of Ken Friedman
Accession Number:
1997-19-621
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4bde8bca6-fd98-4167-8638-b6c21ce4b1da
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1997-19-621

Study for Portrait of Philippe Soupault

Artist:
Robert Delaunay, French, b. Paris, 1885–1941  Search this
Medium:
Charcoal, watercolor, and chalk on paper mounted to canvas
Dimensions:
76 3/4 x 51 1/8 in. (194.9 x 129.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
(1922)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972
Accession Number:
72.94
See more items in:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2313d29f4-8d80-4aea-be06-b6611c38f4b2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_72.94

Strange abstraction : gendai America no sen'eitachi : Robāto Gōbā, Kenedī Nōrando, Firippu Tāfu, Kuristofā Wūru, 1991-nen 6-gatsu 29-nichi--8-gatsu 4-nichi, Tōkō Gendai Bijutsukan / gesuto kyurētā Jefurī Daichi = Robert Gober, Cady Noland, Philip Taaffe, Christopher Wool, June 29-August 4, 1991, Touko Museum of Contemporary Art / guest curator Jeffrey Deitch

Author:
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Tōkō Gendai Bijutsukan  Search this
Subject:
Gober, Robert 1954-  Search this
Noland, Cady 1956-  Search this
Taaffe, Philip 1955-  Search this
Wool, Christopher  Search this
Physical description:
91 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art, Abstract  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .S768 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_814818

Panic room : selections from the Dakis Joannou works on paper collection / editors, Jeffrey Deitch, Kathy Grayson, Dakis Joannou

Author:
Joannou, Dakis  Search this
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Grayson, Kathy  Search this
Deitch Projects  Search this
Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
Joannou, Dakis Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
132, xxxvii pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 x 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Greece
Athens
Date:
2007
©2007
21st century
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Art--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
N6496.5.J63 P36 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1095753

Brad Kahlhamer / [essays by Jeffrey Deitch, Dean Sobel, Mariuccia Casadio]

Author:
Kahlhamer, Brad 1956-  Search this
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Sobel, Dean  Search this
Casadio, Mariuccia  Search this
Subject:
Kahlhamer, Brad 1956-  Search this
Physical description:
181 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Date:
2007
21st century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Indians in art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.K216 A4 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_822072

Wasted youth / Tim Noble and Sue Webster

Author:
Noble, Tim 1966-  Search this
Webster, Sue 1967-  Search this
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Rosenthal, Norman  Search this
Subject:
Noble, Tim 1966-  Search this
Webster, Sue 1967-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 x 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_822577

David Salle : the vortex paintings : presented by Mary Boone and Jeffrey Deitch, November 5th-December 17th, 2005 / with an essay by Jeffrey Deitch

Title:
Vortex paintings
Author:
Salle, David 1952-  Search this
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Mary Boone Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Deitch Projects  Search this
Subject:
Salle, David 1952-  Search this
Physical description:
29 p. : col. ill. ; 25 x 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2005
C2005
Call number:
ND237.S258 A4 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_825650

Fractured figure : works from the Dakis Joannou collection / book edited and designed by Urs Fischer, with Cassandra MacLeod ; exhibition curator, Jeffrey Deitch

Author:
Fischer, Urs 1973-  Search this
MacLeod, Cassandra  Search this
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art  Search this
Subject:
Joannou, Dakis Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
212 p. : chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ; 38 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
[2007]
21st century
Topic:
Art, Modern--Private collections  Search this
Figurative art--Private collections  Search this
Call number:
N6496.5.J63 F73 2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_835214

Monument to now : the Dakis Joannou collection / essays by Dan Cameron ... [et al.] ; edited by Jeffrey Deitch ; designed by Sagmeister Inc

Author:
Cameron, Dan  Search this
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art  Search this
Sagmeister Inc  Search this
Subject:
Joannou, Dakis Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
445 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
C2004
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N5271.J63 M66 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_754872

Cody Choi: farewell to the 20th century / [text by Jeffrey Deitch, Mike Kelly [sic], John C. Welchman]

Title:
Farewell to the 20th century
Farewell to the twentieth century
XX
Author:
Choi, Cody 1961-  Search this
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Kelley, Mike 1954-2012-  Search this
Welchman, John C  Search this
Subject:
Choi, Cody 1961-  Search this
Physical description:
61 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Indigestion--In art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.C496 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_792542

Installationview / Ryan McGinness ; essays by Jeffrey Deitch ... [et al.]

Title:
Installation view
Ryan McGinness installationview
Author:
McGinness, Ryan  Search this
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Subject:
McGinness, Ryan  Search this
Physical description:
286 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_798296

Live through this : New York in the year 2005 / [edited by Jeffrey Deitch and Kathy Grayson ; essays by Cory Archangel ... et al.]

Author:
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Grayson, Kathy  Search this
Deitch Projects  Search this
Physical description:
141 p. : col. ill. ; 30 x 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
2005
C2005
21st century
Topic:
Street art  Search this
Graffiti  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Call number:
N6535.N5 L58 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_798686

Psychological Abstraction : 1989

Author:
Joannou, Dakis  Search this
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art  Search this
Spiti tēs Kyprou (Athens, Greece)  Search this
Physical description:
[53] p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6490 .P71 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636833

Artificial nature / edited by Jeffrey Deitch and Dan Friedman

Author:
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Friedman, Dan  Search this
Physical description:
152 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
20th century
Topic:
Art, Modern  Search this
Call number:
N6488.G8 A8 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_641702

Post human / by Jeffrey Deitch ; design, Dan Friedman

Author:
Deitch, Jeffrey  Search this
Friedman, Dan  Search this
FAE musée d'art contemporain  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
20th century
Topic:
Popular culture--Pictorial works--Exhibitions  Search this
Postmodernism--Pictorial works--Exhibitions  Search this
Arts, Modern  Search this
Call number:
E169.12 .D37 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649762

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