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Interview with Al Held

Creator:
Held, Al, 1928-2005  Search this
Gruen, John Jonas, 1926-2016  Search this
Held, Al, 1928-2005  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1985 October 8
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19437
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John Jonas Gruen and Jane Wilson papers, 1909-2016
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19437

Interview with Al Held conducted by Karl Fortess

Creator:
Held, Al, 1928-2005  Search this
Fortess, Karl E. (Karl Eugene), 1907-1993  Search this
Held, Al, 1928-2005  Search this
Type:
Sound Recording
Date:
1975 July 11
Topic:
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)19663
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Karl E. Fortess interviews with artists, circa 1963-1985
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_19663

Sylvia and Al Held, Egypt postcard to Connie Reyes and Ronald Bladen, New York, N.Y.

Creator:
Held, Al, 1928-2005  Search this
Bladen, Ronald, 1918-1988  Search this
Held, Al, 1928-2005  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
Egypt
Date:
197-?
Topic:
Art, Ancient  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)11625
See more items in:
Ronald Bladen papers, 1918-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_11625
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Al Held, 1975 Nov. 19-1976 Jan. 8

Interviewee:
Held, Al, 1928-2005  Search this
Held, Al, 1928-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul, 1933-1997  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12773
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212720
AAA_collcode_held75
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212720

Shirley Jaffe papers

Creator:
Jaffe, Shirley, 1923-  Search this
Names:
Ford, Hermine  Search this
Francis, Sam, 1923-1994  Search this
Held, Al, 1928-  Search this
Jenkins, Paul, 1923-2012  Search this
Kushner, Robert, 1949-  Search this
Mitchell, Joan, 1926-1992  Search this
Nochlin, Linda  Search this
Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002  Search this
Smith, Kimber, 1922-1981  Search this
Stone, Sylvia, 1928-  Search this
Sugarman, George, 1912-1999  Search this
Extent:
7.1 Linear feet
0.26 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Sketches
Video recordings
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Photographs
Interviews
Date:
circa 1950-2011
Summary:
The papers of artist Shirley Jaffe measure 7.1 linear feet and 0.260 GB and date from circa 1950-2011. The collection documents her life and career as an American painter living in Paris through biographical material, letters, notebooks, writings, project files, printed and digital material, photographic material, and sketchbooks.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of artist Shirley Jaffe measure 7.1 linear feet and 0.260 GB and date from circa 1950-2011. The collection documents her life and career as an American painter living in Paris through biographical material, letters, notebooks, writings, project files, printed and digital material, photographic material, and sketchbooks.

Scattered biographical materials include address and appointment books, an interview with Jaffe by Jeff Perkins recorded on one videocassette, and other documents.

Letters make up a significant portion of the collection and are primarily written to Shirley from friends and family. In addition to frequent letters received from her siblings and mother, Jaffe also received letters from artists Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis, Kimber Smith, Sylvia Stone and Al Held, Hermine Ford, Robert Kushner, and George Sugarman.

The papers include eighty-four notebooks kept by Jaffe containing lists, addresses, notes, sketches and the occasional diary entry. Project files contain correspondence, gouache studies, sketches, and printed material related to commissions and collaborations, including illustrations, murals, and the design of stained glass windows in the Chapelle Saint-Jean-l'Evangéliste in Perpignan, titled Funéraria.

Printed materials include articles, published books about Jaffe, clippings, exhibition catalogs, a recorded radio broadcast, and reviews.

There are photographs, slides, transparencies, and digital photographs depicting Jaffe's paintings, exhibitions, and artists and art world figures including Larry Rivers, Kimber Smith, Linda Nochlin, Sam Francis, Paul Jenkins, and Joan Mitchell at exhibition openings in the 1960s-1970s. Eight sketchbooks contain drawings by Jaffe in ink, marker, and pen.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 7 series

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1950s-2000s (0.3 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Letters, 1950s-2000s (3 linear feet; Box 1-4)

Series 3: Notebooks and Writings, 1950s-2000s (0.9 linear feet; Box 4-5)

Series 4: Project Files, 1970s-2003 (0.6 linear feet; Box 5, 9)

Series 5: Printed Material, 1952-2011 (0.7 linear feet; Box 5-6, 9)

Series 6: Photographic Material, 1950s-circa 2010 (1.3 linear feet; Box 6-8, 0.260 GB; ER01)

Series 7: Sketchbooks, 1960s-2000s (0.3 linear feet; Box 8)
Biographical / Historical:
Shirley Jaffe (1923-2016), née Sternstein, was an American painter living and working in Paris.

Born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, Shirley Jaffe completed her studies at the Cooper Union in 1945. In 1949 she and husband Irving Jaffe moved to Washington, D.C. where she attended the Phillips Art School. Later that same year, they moved to Paris. The Jaffes returned to New York briefly in the early 1950s, but moved back to Paris in 1953, where Shirley Jaffe has been living and working ever since. She was married to Irving Jaffe until 1962.

Jaffe started her career as an abstract expressionist but began to work in a flat and geometric style in the late 1960s. She was part of the American expatriate art scene in Paris and associated with Joan Mitchell, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Sam Francis, Kimber Smith, and others. In 1963, Jaffe received a grant from the Ford Foundation to spend a year working in Berlin.

Jaffe took on several commissions in France including illustrations, murals, and notably, the design of stained glass windows in the Chapelle Saint-Jean-l'Evangéliste in Perpignan, titled Funéraria. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York at the Holly Solomon Gallery and the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, and at galleries and museums throughout France.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Shirley Jaffe conducted by Avis Berman, September 27-28, 2010.
Provenance:
The Shirley Jaffe papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Shirley Jaffe in 2014.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Rights:
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.
Topic:
Painters -- France -- Paris  Search this
Women artists -- France -- Paris  Search this
Expatriate artists -- France  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Video recordings
Sketchbooks
Diaries
Photographs
Interviews
Citation:
Shirley Jaffe papers, 1950s-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.jaffshir
See more items in:
Shirley Jaffe papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-jaffshir
Online Media:

Ada Katz papers

Creator:
Katz, Ada, 1928-  Search this
Names:
Bladen, Ronald, 1918-1988  Search this
Dodd, Lois, 1927-  Search this
Drummond, Sally Hazelet  Search this
Held, Al, 1928-  Search this
Katz, Alex, 1927-  Search this
King, William, 1925-2015  Search this
Pearlstein, Philip, 1924-  Search this
Sugarman, George, 1912-1999  Search this
Extent:
10 Items ((on partial microfilm reel))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Date:
1974-1977
Scope and Contents:
Typescripts of eight interviews by Katz, 1974-75, which she edited into monologue form. Interviewed are artists who were active in the cooperative art galleries on New York City's Tenth street in the early and middle 1950's. Included are Ronald Bladen, Lois Dodd, Sally Hazelet Drummond, Al Held, Alex Katz, William King, Phillip Pearlstein, and George Sugarman. Also included are an introduction by Ada Katz, and 29 pages from her diary, 1976-1977.
Biographical / Historical:
Wife of painter Alex Katz.
Provenance:
Donated 1980 by Ada Katz.
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:
Painters  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.katzada
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-katzada

Oral history interview with Chuck Close

Interviewee:
Close, Chuck, 1940-  Search this
Interviewer:
Tully, Judd  Search this
Names:
Bykert Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Pace Gallery  Search this
Glimcher, Arnold B.  Search this
Held, Al, 1928-  Search this
Kertess, Klaus  Search this
Serra, Richard, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
212 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
SoHo (New York, N.Y.)
Date:
1987 May 14-September 30
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Chuck Close conducted 1987 May 14-September 30, by Judd Tully, for the Archives of American Art.
Close speaks of his childhood; his art education in the Pacific Northwest and at Yale; the art scene in SoHo in the 1960s; his work methods; his work in portraiture. He recalls Al Held, Richard Serra, Klaus Kertess, Arnold Glimcher, and his affiliations with the Bykert Gallery and the Pace Gallery.
Biographical / Historical:
Chuck Close (1940- ) is a painter and photographer in New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 10 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hr., 38 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.close87
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-close87

Oral history interview with Al Held

Interviewee:
Held, Al, 1928-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Extent:
5 Sound tape reels (Sound recording (10 hrs.), 1 7/8 ips., 5 in.)
239 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1975 Nov. 19-1976 Jan. 8
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Al Held conducted 1975 Nov. 19-1976 Jan. 8, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Held discusses his childhood; studying at the Art Students League; going to Paris for three years to study painting on the G.I. bill in the 1950's; experiences as a painter in N.Y. during the 1960's; the stages of his artistic development; his artistic philosophy; techniques; teaching painting classes at Yale since the 1960's; and his one man show at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1974.
Biographical / Historical:
Al Held (1928-2005) is a painter from New York, N.Y. Studied at the Art Students League. Teaches at Yale University School of Art.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Painting, American  Search this
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.held75
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-held75

Al Held: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF001380
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_139842

Camerata XXI, (painting)

Painter:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Andre Emmerich Gallery New York New York
Date:
1989
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 8F960040
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_474663

Al Held : Paris to New York, 1952-1959 / essay by Matthew Israel ; editor Ellen Robinson

Title:
Paris to New York, 1952-1959
Artist:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Author:
Israel, Matthew (Matthew Winer)  Search this
Cheim & Read  Search this
Nathalie Karg Gallery  Search this
Editor:
Robinson, Ellen (Editor)  Search this
Subject:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 27 x 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2018
Call number:
N40.1.H458 C54 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094164

C-Y-I, (painting)

Painter:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery 1285 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo New York 14222 Accession Number: K1979:7
Date:
1978-1979
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 33660334
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_467098

Piero's Piazza, (painting)

Painter:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery 1285 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo New York 14222 Accession Number: K1982:6
Date:
1982
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 33660335
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_467099

B/WX, (painting)

Painter:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery 1285 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo New York 14222 Accession Number: K69:7
Date:
1968
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAP 33660194
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_466548

Al Held : new paintings : March 14-April 1, 1970 / André Emmerich Gallery

Author:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
André Emmerich Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Physical description:
[4] p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1970
Call number:
ND237.H43 A4 1970
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_833704

Al Held and George Sugarman : the early sixties

Title:
Early sixties
Author:
Held, Al 1928-2005-  Search this
Sugarman, George 1912-1999  Search this
Washburn Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Sugarman, George 1912-1999  Search this
Physical description:
[6] p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
[2002]
Call number:
N6537.H44 A4 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_702019

Al Held : [the last series / edited by Jan Riley]

Title:
Last series
Author:
Held, Al 1928-2005-  Search this
Riley, Jan  Search this
Schwabsky, Barry  Search this
Robert Miller Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
C1998
Call number:
ND237.H43 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_776737

Al Held : unfolding

Author:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Robert Miller Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Physical description:
[44] p. : col. ill. ; 23 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
[2000]
Call number:
ND237.H43 A4 2000
N40.1.H458 R6u 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_620454

Al Held : watercolors and acrylics : April 15th to June 5th, 1993, Landau Fine Art / [Text by R. Hochelber]

Author:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Hochelber, R  Search this
Landau Fine Art Inc  Search this
Subject:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : chiefly col. ill
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
C1993
Call number:
ND237.H43 A4 1993b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635840

Al Held, Italian watercolors : an exhibition, August 27 to September 26, 1993 / curated by Maarten van de Guchte

Author:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Guchte, Maarten van de  Search this
Krannert Art Museum  Search this
Adams Landing Contemporary Art Space  Search this
Cedar Rapids Art Association  Search this
Subject:
Held, Al 1928-2005  Search this
Physical description:
121 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
C1993
Call number:
ND237.H43 A4 1993a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635849

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