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Correspondence between Ralph F. Colin and Jean Dubuffet, 1960-1983

Creator:
Colin, Ralph F., 1900-1985  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985  Search this
Citation:
Correspondence between Ralph F. Colin and Jean Dubuffet, 1960-1983. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)10481
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213894
AAA_collcode_coliralp
Theme:
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_213894

Oral history interview with Peter Agostini

Interviewee:
Agostini, Peter  Search this
Interviewer:
Roberts, Colette, 1910-  Search this
Names:
Columbia University -- Faculty  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Bontecou, Lee, 1931-  Search this
Chamberlain, John, 1927-2011  Search this
Chryssa, 1933-2013  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
De Chirico, Giorgio, 1888-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935  Search this
Di Suvero, Mark, 1933-  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield, 1880-1946  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Ferber, Herbert, 1906-1991  Search this
Flannagan, John Bernard, 1895?-1942  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994  Search this
Hague, Raoul, 1905-1993  Search this
Hare, David, 1917-1992  Search this
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Judd, Donald, 1928-1994  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Kienholz, Edward, 1927-  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962  Search this
Kohn, Gabriel, 1910-1975  Search this
Kolbe, Georg, 1877-1947  Search this
La Tour, Onya, 1896-1976  Search this
Lachaise, Gaston, 1882-1935  Search this
Lassaw, Ibram, 1913-2003  Search this
Lippold, Richard, 1915-2002  Search this
Lipton, Seymour, 1903-1986  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Maillol, Aristide, 1861-1944  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
Marca-Relli, Conrad, 1913-2000  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Marisol, 1930-2016  Search this
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954  Search this
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891  Search this
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944  Search this
Morris, Robert, 1931-2018  Search this
Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Pompon, François, 1855-1933  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Roszak, Theodore, 1907-1981  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Samaras, Lucas, 1936-  Search this
Scarpitta, Salvatore, 1919-2007  Search this
Segal, George, 1924-2000  Search this
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965  Search this
Smith, David, 1906-1965  Search this
Smith, Tony, 1912-1980  Search this
Spaventa, George, 1918-  Search this
Stankiewicz, Richard, 1922-1983  Search this
Sugarman, George, 1912-1999  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892  Search this
Zorach, William, 1887-1966  Search this
Extent:
99 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1968
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Peter Agostini conducted in 1968, by Colette Roberts, for the Archives of American Art at 151 Avenue B, New York, New York.
Mr. Agostini speaks of his childhood spent living throughout the five boroughs of New York; his interactions with clients of his father's acting employment agency; his early education in Catholic school and the creative freedom allotted by the nuns; his first feelings of isolation as an artist at the age of seven; the development of a sense of communication as the result of the loss of his mother at the age of three and time spent at a school for orphans; his early realization and vision of artistic destiny; his religious interests which lead to mysticism in his earlier work; his time spent working freely in the DaVinci Studio with Spaventa; the discovery by Hess of his works in Gallerie Grimaud; his attainment of the Longview Grant; his working experience throughout the Depression as part of the WPA casting plaster mannequins while working indirectly with Pollack as well as Marca Relli; his subsequent move to designing department store windows (use of Mondrian-like forms and lines); his feelings of his position as an observer; the importance of communication through art (communication without words); his rejection of the Abstract Expressionist group and choice of independence; the influence of the sculpture of Kolbe and Bache in the thirties; Clement Greenberg's distaste for his work; his feelings about the relative failure to sell his work due its unusual edginess and mystery; his role in the introduction of the work of contemporary European artists (Chausserian, Gauthier, Modrian) to the American group; his description of his own work as "traditionless"; his feelings of self-importance as one of the most original sculptors in the art world; his influence on the younger generation, particularly Marisol; the enslavement to originality that the younger generation faces; his attitudes towards American Art forms and their lack of rebellious spirit; the virtues of the American writers, such as Poe, Whitman, and Melville as American "knapsack" writers; his personal technique which places an emphasis on the "skin" or volume of something; his attempt to create quiet art, or art that merely indicates features; his frustration with teaching and the problems of regurgitated knowledge; the role of Meyer Shapiro in his teaching career at Columbia; the formation of the Club and its similarity to the Cubist's café scene; his opinions on the relationship of sex and sensuality in American art; his personal struggles, including the loss of his second wife and two of his brothers, in addition to the estrangement of his only daughter by his first wife; his feelings on the role of psycho analysis and personal history in a work of art; his present works which feature the "swell." For the majority of the second half of the interview Ms. Roberts asks Mr. Agostini to express his opinions on the work of: Kline; DeKooning; Duchamp; Oldenburg; La Tour; DeChirico; Maillol; Pompon; Rothko; Chardin; Cezanne; Giacometti; Reinhardt; Chryssa; Tony Smith; Segal; Lachaise; Zorach; Manship; Flannagan; Kelly; Lassaw; David Smith; Hare; Lipton; Ferber; Lippold; Roszak; Nakian; Noguchi; Hague; Kohn; di Suvero; Chamberlain; Kaprow; Sugarman; Stankiewicz; Bontecou; Scarpitta; Cornell; Keinholz; Rivera; Judd; Robert Morris; O'Keeffe; Samaras; Mark Tobey; Marin; Pollock; Hartley; Dove; Macdonald-Wright; Demuth; Sheeler; Hopper; Mirot; Matisse; DuBuffet.
Biographical / Historical:
Peter Agostini (1913-1993) was a sculptor from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 28 digital wav files. Duration is 10 hrs., 37 min.
Transferred from 4 3" reels.
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.
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.agosti68
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94f33a1ab-e475-4a6f-8b0b-f9822b288239
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-agosti68
Online Media:

[Lippincott, Inc. photographs]

Creator:
Lippincott, Inc.  Search this
Everett, Roxanne  Search this
Names:
Breer, Robert  Search this
Doty, Robert M.  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985  Search this
Indiana, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923-  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997  Search this
McKee, David  Search this
Meadmore, Clement  Search this
Morris, Robert, 1931-2018  Search this
Murray, Robert, 1936-  Search this
Myers, Forrest Warden, 1941-  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Rosati, James, 1912-1988  Search this
Samaras, Lucas, 1936-  Search this
Sugarman, George, 1912-1999  Search this
Yamasaki, Minoru, 1912-  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet ((ca. 700 items partially microfilmed on two reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1968-1977 and [undated]
Scope and Contents:
Photographs by Roxanne Everett, of artists fabricating and installing their sculpture at Lippincott, Inc., and other sites.
REEL 1400: 23 photographs including: Robert Breer, Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Lippincott, Clement Meadmore, Robert Morris, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, George Sugarman, and Minoru Yamasaki.
REEL 1875: 79 photographs including: Robert McIntyre Doty, Jean Dubuffet, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, David McKee, Clement L. Meadmore, Robert Murray, Forest Warden Myers, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosati, Lucas Samaras, George Sugarman, and others.
UNMICROFILMED: 593 photographs, among them ca. 300 of Claus Oldenburg, and many of Robert Murray, George Sugarman, Louise Nevelson, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosati, Ellsworth Kelly, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
North Haven, Ct. Founded in 1966 by Donald B. Lippincott as a place for artists to create large sculptures and receive help in transportation and installation of their work.
Provenance:
Photographs on reel 1400 donated 1974 by Roxanne Everett and Donald B. Lippincott; those on reel 1875 donated 1978 by Everett. Unmicrofilmed photographs donated by Roxanne Everett, October 4, 1983.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Jonathan Lippincott. 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:
Photographers  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Photography of sculpture  Search this
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.ippinc
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91617a1ce-12a2-4294-b492-1fdeeea250fe
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ippinc

Oral history interview with Alfonso Ossorio

Creator:
Ossorio, Alfonso, 1916-1990  Search this
Interviewer:
Selvig, Forrest  Search this
Names:
Harvard University -- Students  Search this
Signa Gallery  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Extent:
35 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Date:
1968 November 19
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Alfonso A. Ossorio conducted 1968 November 19, by Forrest Selvig, for the Archives of American Art.
Ossorio speaks of his youth and education in England and the United States; attending Harvard; working as a medical illustrator for the Army; coming to New York and becoming acquainted with Jackson Pollock and other New York artists; a mural commission he received for a church in the Philippines; the difficulty of introducing new ideas into Catholic art; traveling to Paris; his association with Jean Dubuffet; changes in his technique; his work in collage; his affiliation with the Signa Gallery; abstract expressionism.
Biographical / Historical:
Alfonso Ossorio (1916-1990) was a painter in Wainscott, New York.
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.
Restrictions:
Patrons must use transcript.
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Collagists -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Church decoration and ornament  Search this
Art and religion  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.ossori68
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw920db73cc-a92b-4339-b149-3e77b7e7fb36
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ossori68
Online Media:

Expressive heads, including works by Bacon, Baziotes, Dubuffet, Gorky, Matisse, Moore, Picasso and Pollock : May 6 to June 12, 1993, Jason McCoy, Inc

Author:
Bacon, Francis 1909-1992  Search this
Baziotes, William 1912-1963  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Gorky, Arshile 1904-1948  Search this
Matisse, Henri 1869-1954  Search this
Moore, Henry 1898-1986  Search this
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Pollock, Jackson 1912-1956  Search this
Jason McCoy, Inc  Search this
Subject:
Bacon, Francis 1909-1992  Search this
Baziotes, William 1912-1963  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Gorky, Arshile 1904-1948  Search this
Matisse, Henri 1869-1954  Search this
Moore, Henry 1898-1986  Search this
Picasso, Pablo 1881-1973  Search this
Pollock, Jackson 1912-1956  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Head in art  Search this
Call number:
N7573.3 .E8 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649682

La Brioche III [drawing] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1966
Topic:
Renthal Gallery  Search this
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0001473
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_130936

Trois Arabes et Chameau [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1948
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Animal--Camel  Search this
Landscape--Tree--Palm Tree  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002527
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_131979

Mâche bouilli [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1962
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Cityscape--Street  Search this
Architecture--Commercial  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002547
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_131999

Figures Riding in an Automobile [art work] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1964
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Automobile  Search this
Travel--Land--Automobile  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002549
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132001

Figures in Abstract Cityscape [art work] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1962
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002551
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132003

Female Figure [art work] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1950
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002586
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132038

Abstract Figure [art work] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1963
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Figure  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002596
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132048

Abstract Figure [art work] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1963
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Figure  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002597
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132049

Jazz Band (Black Chicago) [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1944
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Figure group--Male  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Band  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Bass  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Drum  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Guitar  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Piano  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Saxophone  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Horn  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002598
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132050

Abstract Figure [art work] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1962
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Figure  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002599
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132051

Le pignouf [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1962
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Cityscape  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002600
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132052

Peut-être en forêt [collage] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1957
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002601
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132053

Three Abstract Figures [art work] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Ca. 1961
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002605
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132057

Abstract Forms [art work] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1954
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002613
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132065

Abstract Forms [art work] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Dubuffet, Jean 1901-1985  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1954
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002712
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132164

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