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Oral history interview with Barbara Novak, 2013 October 8-17

Interviewee:
Novak, Barbara, 1929-  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Aaron, Dan  Search this
Bochner, Mel  Search this
Bosa, Louis  Search this
Coremans, Paul B.  Search this
Davis, Meredith (Meredith J)  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel  Search this
Feldman, Morton  Search this
Ferber, Linda S.  Search this
Goetzmann, William  Search this
Hayes, Bartlett H.  Search this
Held, Julius Samuel  Search this
Hesse, Eva  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Hutchinson, Peter A.  Search this
Icahn, Belle  Search this
Karolik, Maxim  Search this
Kaufman, William  Search this
Krasner, Lee  Search this
Lane, Fitz Henry  Search this
Lawrence, Marion  Search this
LeWitt, Sol  Search this
McCoy, Ann Wyeth  Search this
Melkoff, Edward  Search this
Nevins, Kate Lockwood  Search this
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Presser, Josef  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Reff, Theodore  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Rowland, Ben  Search this
Scharf, William  Search this
Shapiro, Marge  Search this
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Watts, Marissa  Search this
Wyeth, Andrew  Search this
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Barnard College  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Harvard University  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Europe -- description and travel
Utah -- Description and travel
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Expressionism (Art)  Search this
Luminism (Art)  Search this
Pragmatism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)16149
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)366142
AAA_collcode_novak13
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_366142
Online Media:

Panel discussion, 1980 Nov. 18

Creator:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Wilmerding, John, 1938-  Search this
Subject:
Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe), 1909-1987  Search this
Ferber, Linda S.  Search this
Novak, Barbara  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12665
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214332
AAA_collcode_nation80
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_214332

Dover Plains, Dutchess County, New York, (painting)

Title:
Dover Plain, Dutchess County, New York, (painting)
Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1978.126
Date:
1848
Topic:
Landscape--New York--Dutchess County  Search this
Landscape--New York--Dover Plains  Search this
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Animal--Cattle  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08582077
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_250764

The Rocky Mountains, final proof

Copyright holder:
Bierstadt, Edward  Search this
Engraver:
Smillie, James  Search this
Publisher:
Bierstadt, Edward  Search this
Original artist:
Bierstadt, Albert  Search this
Originator:
Bierstadt, Albert  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
image: 43 cm x 70.5 cm; 16 15/16 in x 27 3/4 in
Object Name:
Print
print
engraving
Object Type:
Engraving
Other Terms:
Print; Engraving
Date made:
1866
Subject:
Rocky Mountains  Search this
Indians  Search this
Related Publication:
Anderson, Nancy K.; Ferber, Linda S.; Wright, Helena E.. Albert Bierstadt, Art & Enterprise
Credit Line:
Gift of Albert Bierstadt
ID Number:
GA.00731
Accession number:
20356
Catalog number:
00731
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Art
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-5277-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_825961
Online Media:

The Rocky Mountains, etched proof

Engraver:
Smillie, James  Search this
Original artist:
Bierstadt, Albert  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
image: 43 cm x 70.5 cm; 16 15/16 in x 27 3/4 in
Object Name:
print
engraving
Object Type:
Engraving
Date made:
1865
Subject:
Indians  Search this
Rocky Mountains  Search this
Related Publication:
Anderson, Nancy K.; Ferber, Linda S.; Wright, Helena E.. Albert Bierstadt, Art & Enterprise
Credit Line:
Gift of George H. Smillie
ID Number:
GA.00730
Catalog number:
00730
Accession number:
20355
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Communications
Art
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-e50b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_802103
Online Media:

Panel discussion

Creator:
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Wilmerding, John  Search this
Ferber, Linda S.  Search this
Novak, Barbara  Search this
Baur, John I. H. (John Ireland Howe), 1909-1987  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (sound cassette (1 hr., 2 min.))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Date:
1980 Nov. 18
Scope and Contents:
A panel discussion held 1980 Nov. 18, at the National Academy of Design, New York, N.Y.
Panel members are John I. H. Baur, Linda Ferber, and John Wilmerding, with Barbara Novak as moderator. John Howard Dobkin and William McNaught introduce the speakers.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 2 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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:
Use requires an appointment.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.nation80
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw97049cb08-b127-4a45-a911-aeded8c17ace
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-nation80
Online Media:

Bierstadt and the Business of Printmaking

Author:
Wright, Helena E.  Search this
Ferber, Linda S.  Search this
Anderson, Nancy K.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1991
Topic:
American History  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_102225

Oral history interview with Barbara Novak

Interviewee:
Novak, Barbara  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Names:
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
Barnard College -- Students  Search this
Brooklyn Museum  Search this
Harvard University -- Students  Search this
Aaron, Dan  Search this
Bochner, Mel, 1940-  Search this
Bosa, Louis, 1905-  Search this
Coremans, Paul B., 1908-1965  Search this
Davis, Meredith (Meredith J)  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987  Search this
Ferber, Linda S.  Search this
Goetzmann, William  Search this
Hayes, Bartlett H., 1904-1988  Search this
Held, Julius Samuel, 1905-  Search this
Hesse, Eva, 1936-1970  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Hutchinson, Peter A., 1930-  Search this
Icahn, Belle  Search this
Karolik, Maxim  Search this
Kaufman, William  Search this
Krasner, Lee, 1908-1984  Search this
Lane, Fitz Henry, 1804-1865  Search this
Lawrence, Marion  Search this
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007  Search this
McCoy, Ann Wyeth  Search this
Melkoff, Edward  Search this
Nevins, Kate Lockwood  Search this
O'Doherty, Brian  Search this
Presser, Josef, 1909-1967  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Reff, Theodore  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Rowland, Ben  Search this
Scharf, William, 1927-  Search this
Shapiro, Marge  Search this
Smithson, Robert  Search this
Watts, Marissa  Search this
Wyeth, Andrew, 1917-2009  Search this
Extent:
4 Items (Sound recording: 4 sound files (4 hr., 26 min.), digital)
89 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Europe -- description and travel
Utah -- Description and Travel
Date:
2013 October 8-17
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Barbara Novak conducted 2013 October 8-17, by James McElhinney, for the Archvies of American Art, at Novak's home in Manhattan, New York.
Novak speaks of her early art training; learning to draw at the age of eight with help from her uncle William Kaufman and later taking art classes with Belle Icahn; Edward Melkoff; Joseph Presser; and classes at the Art Students League; becoming Expressionist in her painting; her year in Europe as a Fulbright student from Harvard University; the powerful lectures of Julius Held at Barnard College that launched her career; feeling that she devised a system by which works of art can be understood through looking closely at their physical properties and how she tries to develop the individual in her students; her time as a docent at the Brooklyn Museum in the American art collection; which led her to becoming an Americanist; her book, "Alice's Neck" and the inspiring Utah landscape; the importance of Fitz Henry Lane's work; the embodiment in American art of Pragmatism and Transcendentalism; and being led to Luminism; her books showing how to understand American culture through art, covering formal, contextual, and spiritual elements; hosting the first television show on art, "Vision of Art"; her husband Brian O'Doherty's background in art; the importance of nature for Cole and Durand; that common sense should be used in describing works of art, rather than assuming current events influenced the artist; her education at Harvard; Margaret Fuller and writing "The Margaret-Ghost"; Marcel Duchamp; Andrew Wyeth; Edward Hopper; Robert Rauschenberg; Mark Rothko; and Lee Krasner; and that the most exhilarating time intellectually for her was the 1960s with a group that included Robert Smithson, Sol LeWitt, Eva Hesse, Peter Hutchinson, Morton Feldman, Mel Bochner, and others. Barbara also recalls Mrs. Nevins, William Scharf, Paul Cormans [ph], Marion Lawrence, Marge Shapiro, Maxim Karolick, William Goetzmann, Ann McCoy, Ben Rowland, Bart Hayes, Ted Reff, Dan Aaron, Louis Bosa, Linda Ferber, Meredith Davis, Marissa Watts, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Barbara Novak (1929- ) is an art historian in New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded as 4 sound files. Duration is 4 hr., 26 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Fulbright scholars  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Expressionism (Art)  Search this
Luminism (Art)  Search this
Pragmatism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.novak13
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98b209753-c622-42d5-aad3-a2049f54363c
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-novak13
Online Media:

Progress, (painting)

Title:
Advance of Civilization, (painting)
Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 2800 Grove Avenue Richmond Virginia 23221
Date:
1853
Topic:
Landscape--River  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Wagon  Search this
Animal--Horse  Search this
Landscape--Town  Search this
Architecture exterior--Domestic--House  Search this
Control number:
IAP 80040174
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_173819

June Shower, (painting)

Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1854
Topic:
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Landscape--Season--Summer  Search this
Landscape--Weather--Storm  Search this
Landscape--Weather--Lightning  Search this
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Landscape--Road  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Cart  Search this
Animal--Cattle  Search this
Control number:
IAP 88740001
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_363629

Kaaterskill Clove, (painting)

Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
University of Southern California Fisher Gallery Los Angeles California 90007 Accession Number: EF:45:02
Date:
1850
Topic:
Landscape--Forest  Search this
Landscape--Mountain--Catskill Mountains  Search this
Landscape--Valley--Kaaterskill Clove  Search this
Figure male  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Hunting  Search this
Control number:
IAP 70020185
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_126624

Kindred Spirits, (painting)

Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Subject:
Cole, Thomas  Search this
Bryant, William Cullen  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art P.O. Box 1169 Bentonville Arkansas
Date:
1849
Topic:
Landscape--Mountain  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Occupation--Writer--Poet  Search this
Object--Musical Instrument--Flute  Search this
Object--Art Object--Sketchbook  Search this
Control number:
IAP 80030026
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_173618

Oberwesel on the Rhine, (painting)

Title:
View of Oberwesel on the Rhine, (painting)
Oberweisal on the Rhine, (painting)
Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Wichita Art Museum 619 Stackman Drive Wichita Kansas 67203 Accession Number: 1977.10
Date:
1843
Topic:
Landscape--River--Rhine River  Search this
Landscape--Germany  Search this
Landscape--Road  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Architecture exterior--Castle  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Wagon  Search this
Animal--Horse  Search this
Travel--Land--Wagon  Search this
Control number:
IAP 80041469
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_175038

An Old Man's Reminiscences, (painting)

Title:
Landscape Composition, An Old Man's Reminiscences, (painting)
Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Albany Institute of History and Art 125 Washington Avenue Albany New York 12210 Accession Number: 1900.5.3
Date:
1845
Topic:
Landscape--River  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Animal--Cattle  Search this
Figure male--Elderly  Search this
Control number:
IAP 80110020
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_180005

Sunday Morning, (painting)

Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
New Britain Museum of American Art 56 Lexington Street New Britain Connecticut 06052 Accession Number: 1963.4
Date:
1860
Topic:
Landscape--River  Search this
Architecture--Bridge  Search this
Architecture exterior--Religious--Church  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Recreation--Church  Search this
Animal--Sheep  Search this
Landscape--Time--Morning  Search this
Control number:
IAP 80110039
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_180016

Classic Italy (Classical Composition), (painting)

Title:
Classical Composition, (painting)
Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art Valparaiso University Center for the Arts Valparaiso Indiana 46383 Accession Number: 97.06
Date:
1850
Topic:
Landscape--Italy  Search this
Landscape--River  Search this
Landscape--Road--Path  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Architecture--Bridge  Search this
Architecture--Monument--Statue  Search this
Figure female--Full length  Search this
Animal--Goat  Search this
Architecture exterior--Classical  Search this
Control number:
IAP 82190164
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_197382

Matinee, Outdoor Stage, Paris, (painting)

Title:
Une Matinee aux Ambassadeurs, (painting)
Paris Theater, (painting)
Matinee Music Hall, Paris, (painting)
Painter:
Shinn, Everett 1876-1953  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1902
Topic:
Performing Arts--Theater--Performer  Search this
Architecture exterior--Civic--Theater  Search this
Cityscape--France--Paris  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Control number:
IAP 81530040
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_213914

Daniel Huntington, (painting)

Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Subject:
Huntington, Daniel  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Century Association 7 West 43rd Street New York New York 10036 Accession Number: 1864.8
Date:
1857
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Occupation--Art--Painter  Search this
Object--Art Tool--Palette  Search this
Object--Art Tool--Artist's Brush  Search this
Object--Art Tool--Easel  Search this
Object--Art Object--Painting  Search this
Control number:
IAP 87230190
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_238316

Mary Louisa Adams, (painting)

Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Subject:
Adams, Mary Louisa  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1950.6.1
Date:
1835
Topic:
Portrait female--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08580836
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_249562

The Indian's Vespers, (painting)

Title:
Last of the Mohicans, (painting)
Painter:
Durand, Asher B. 1796-1886  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Culture:
Indian  Search this
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20500 Accession Number: 963.506.1
Date:
1857
Topic:
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Landscape--Time--Sunset  Search this
Landscape--Time--Evening  Search this
Literature--Cooper--Last of the Mohicans  Search this
Control number:
IAP 08930040
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_253534

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