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Oral history interview with Alan Fink, 1997 Jan. 22 and Jan. 29

Interviewee:
Fink, Alan, 1925-  Search this
Fink, Alan, 1925-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Swan, Barbara  Search this
Mirski, Boris  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13009
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216022
AAA_collcode_fink97
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216022

Oral history interview with Alan Fink

Interviewee:
Fink, Alan, 1925-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Mirski, Boris, 1898-1974  Search this
Swan, Barbara, 1922-  Search this
Extent:
2 Sound cassettes (Sound recording (2 1/2 hrs.), analog)
45 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound cassettes
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1997 Jan. 22 and Jan. 29
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Alan Fink conducted 1997 Jan. 22 and Jan. 29, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, at Fink's Alpha Gallery, Boston, Mass.
JANUARY 22, 1997 SESSION: Fink discusses his childhood, early education, and first profession; traveling in Europe and meeting his future wife, the painter, Barbara Swan; and becoming interested in art.
JANUARY 29, 1997 SESSION: Coming to Boston in 1951 largely because Barbara Swan was there; first work as a gallery manager (1951-1967) for Boris Mirski; the New York dealer, Edith Halpert with whom he worked closely; the painter and head of Brandeis University art department, Mitchell Siporin; Leonard Baskin, and David Aronson; the lack of support for young local artists from Boston institutions; the major local collector of young local artists, Jerry Goldberg and Abe Pollin who followed his example; the increased number of Boston art galleries in the 1960s as art collecting grew; great success of a show of African masks at Mirski Gallery; his last years with Mirski; opening of his Alpha Gallery in September 1967; and taking on some of Mirski's artists, including Michael Mazur, Robert Birmelin, Philip Gausman, Barbara Swan, Marianna Pineda, Harold Tovish, Elbert Weinberg, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Alan Fink (1925-) is an art dealer in Boston, Mass. and is married to Barbara Swan.
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 dealers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.fink97
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-fink97

Barbara Swan letters to Rosalind and Edwin Miller

Creator:
Swan, Barbara, 1922-  Search this
Names:
Alpha Gallery (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Chaet, Bernard  Search this
Fink, Aaron, 1955-  Search this
Fink, Alan, 1925-  Search this
Fink, Joanna Elizabeth, 1958-  Search this
Gustin, Dan  Search this
Miller, Edwin Haviland  Search this
Miller, Rosalind S., 1923-  Search this
Milton, Peter, 1930-  Search this
Sexton, Anne  Search this
Stevovich, Andrew, 1948-  Search this
Extent:
0.8 Linear feet ((microfilmed on 1 reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1961-1991
Scope and Contents:
Swan, writing to her friends Rosalind and Edwin Miller, discusses her husband Alan Fink's positions as an art dealer and owner of the Alpha Gallery in Boston, mentioning artists Milton Avery, Gregory Gillespie, Don Gustin, Ellsworth Kelly, Boris Mirski, and Andy Stevovich. She writes also about her son Aaron's art career and daughter Joanna's career as assistant to Alan, her health problems dealing with lupus, family vacations and activities with Swan's mother and aunt, Peter and Edith Milton, and Bernard and Ninion Chaet, her numerous trips to New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for various art openings; and her friendship with poet Anne Sexton.
Other topics include her painting career, including illustrating Sexton's versions of Grimm's fairytales, portraits of various friends and commissions, exhibitions, painting style, and inspirations for her bottle and quarry reflection paintings.
Biographical / Historical:
Swan, a painter, draftsman, and lithographer from Boston, Mass., was friends of Rosalind Miller, a professor of psychiatric social work at Columbia University, and Edwin Miller, a Walt Whitman scholar and biographer of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Millers are collectors of American textiles.
Provenance:
Donated 1992 by Rosalind Miller.
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.
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.swanbarb
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-swanbarb

Barbara Swan papers

Creator:
Swan, Barbara, 1922-  Search this
Names:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. School  Search this
Chaet, Bernard  Search this
Chaet, Ninon  Search this
Fink, Alan, 1925-  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth, 1923-  Search this
Kumin, Maxine, 1925-  Search this
Miller, Edwin Haviland  Search this
Miller, Rosalind S., 1923-  Search this
Olsen, Tillie  Search this
Sexton, Anne  Search this
Tovish, Harold, 1921-2008  Search this
Weinberg, Elbert, 1928-  Search this
Extent:
820 Items ((partially microfilmed on 2 reels))
3 Linear feet (Addition)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1927-1992
Scope and Contents:
REELS 826-827: 697 letters, including letters to her parents and her future husband Alan Fink, and letters from Bernard Chaet, Maxine Kumin, Tillie Olsen, Anne Sexton, Andrew Stevovich, Elbert Weinberg, and the Cober Gallery; a 15-page diary; a scrapbook containing photographs, clippings, catalogs and miscellany; and many loose clippings and catalogs.
UNMICROFILMED: Photographs of Swan, Ellsworth Kelly, and other students of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston School; letters relating to Swan's career and from friends and relatives, including Bernard and Ninon Chaet and Edwin and Rosalind Miller; Christmas cards by Swan and other artists; drafts and a transcription of a talk by Swan on Harold Tovish; exhibition announcements and catalogs; clippings; and printed material on Anne Sexton.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, illustrator, draftsman, and lithographer; Boston, Mass. Studied at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston under Karl Zerbe. Ellsworth Kelly was also a student there. Swan collaborated as an illustrator with poets Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin.
Provenance:
Material on reels 826-827 was lent for microfilming in June of 1974 by Barbara Swan. She donated the photographs of Ellsworth Kelly in December 1974, and letters, writings, exhibition catalogs and miscellaneous printed material in 1992. Additional papers are expected.
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.
Occupation:
Illustrators  Search this
Poets  Search this
Lithographers -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Draftsmen (artists) -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Topic:
Women artists -- Massachusetts -- Boston  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.swanbarp
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-swanbarp

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston sound recordings

Creator:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Names:
Ackley, Clifford S.  Search this
Broderson, Morris, 1928-2011  Search this
Burback, William J.  Search this
Cooper, Paula, 1938-  Search this
Dine, Jim, 1935-  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield, 1880-1946  Search this
Downes, Rackstraw  Search this
Driscoll, John Paul  Search this
Fink, Alan, 1925-  Search this
Glimcher, Arnold B.  Search this
Goodyear, Frank H., III, 1967-  Search this
Katz, Alex, 1927-  Search this
Moffett, Kenworth  Search this
Nochlin, Linda  Search this
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965  Search this
Stebbins, Theodore E.  Search this
Extent:
8 Items (sound cassettes)
2 Items (sound tape reels, 5 in.)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Date:
1983 May 18-1984 Feb. 8
Scope and Contents:
A panel discussssion, an interview and 5 lectures sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Included are a panel discussion "Is it just paint? The Figure in Contemporary Painting," with participants Rackstraw Downes, Frank H. Goodyear, Alex Katz, Kenworth Moffett, Linda Nochlin and Neil Welliver; an interview "Drawing Confronts Modernism: A Conversation with Jim Dine," conducted by Clifford Ackley; two lectures delivered for the "American Artists & the Advant Garde" series, including Theodore Stebbins' "Arthur G. Dove: An American Master" and John Paul Driscoll's "The Art of Charles Sheeler: To Make a Poem Again"; and 3 lectures delivered by Paula Cooper, Alan Fink, and Arnold Glimcher as part of "The Dealer's Eye" lecture series, moderated by William J. Burback.
Provenance:
Donated 1983-1984 by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Restrictions:
Stebbins lecture: ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.
Dine interview: ACCESS RESTRICTED written permission required.
Untranscribed; use requires an appointment.
Occupation:
Art dealers  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.musefabs
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-musefabs

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