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Oral history interview with Phillip A. Bruno

Interviewee:
Bruno, Phillip A.  Search this
Creator:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation  Search this
Names:
Barnes Foundation  Search this
Columbia University -- Students  Search this
Exposition universelle et internationale (1958 : Brussels, Belgium)  Search this
Grace Borgenicht Gallery  Search this
La Napoule Art Foundation, Henry Clews Memorial  Search this
Marlborough Gallery  Search this
Weyhe Gallery  Search this
Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation  Search this
World House Galleries  Search this
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965  Search this
Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992  Search this
Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000  Search this
Bertoia, Harry  Search this
Bravo, Claudio, 1936-2011  Search this
Brown, Joan, 1938-1990  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Clews, Henry, 1876-1937  Search this
Crawford, Ralston, 1906-1978  Search this
Cuevas, José Luis, 1934-  Search this
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976  Search this
Estes, Richard, 1932-  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Hefner, Hugh M. (Hugh Marston), 1926-  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Katz, Alex, 1927-  Search this
Koenig, Fritz, 1924-  Search this
Kubach, Wolfgang, 1936-  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria, 1937-  Search this
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954  Search this
Morgan, Randall, 1920-  Search this
Nagare, Masayuki, 1923-  Search this
Neuberger, Roy R.  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Park, David, 1911-1960  Search this
Peterdi, Gabor  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-  Search this
Staempfli, George W.  Search this
Willard, Charlotte  Search this
Extent:
46 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 January 13-21
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Phillip A. Bruno conducted 2009 January 13-21, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art, at the Archives of American Art, in New York, New York.
Bruno speaks of some his earliest impressions of art while growing up in New York and Paris; attending Columbia University, where he majored in the history of painting and architecture and studied under Meyer Schapiro; his first job at the Weyhe Gallery as a gallery assistant; helping create the Grace Borgenicht Gallery, where he served as director for five years; traveling to Mexico, meeting Jose Cuevas and exhibiting his work at the Edward Loeb Gallery in Paris; traveling to Brazil and meeting a family of naturalist painters who emphasized the importance of painting outdoors, unlike many painters from the New York school; working with Henry Clews and the La Napoule Art Foundation; selling a piece of Salvador Dali jewelry made by Carlos Alamanni to Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Magazine; working as director of The World House Gallery and selling works by Fancis Bacon and Max Ernst to clients such as Joseph Hirshhorn and Roy Neuberger; organizing a exhibition of artists shown at the Brussels World Fair in 1958 at World House and meeting George Staempfli through the artist Joan Brown; moving from World House to the Staempfli Gallery in 1960 to work as co-director; the Staempfli Gallery's role in the international art world; an original drawing by Leonard Baskin inscribed to Phillip in 1954; selling the work of artists such as Harry Bertoia, Fritz Koening, and David Park; meeting Henri Matisse in Paris at the age of 21; visiting the studios of Alexander Calder and Mark Rothko; the difference between galleries that can spot new talent and galleries that sell certain artists well; the art market becoming less idealistic and more commercial; the rising importance of auction houses and the possibility of their taking the place of traditional art galleries; the move of the Staempfli Gallery to the SoHo neighborhood and soon after, leaving Staempfli for Marlborough, where he was one of the New York directors for 18 years; his appreciation for the creativity of others, retirement and current plans to write his memoirs. Bruno also recalls Milton Avery, Gabor Peterdi, Hans Muller, Ralston Crawford, Randall Morgan, Charlotte Willard, Dorthy Satterlee, Masayuki Nagare, Claude Bemardin, Kubach-Wilmsen, Louise Nevelson, Cladio Bravo, Lopez Garcia, Alberto Giacometti, The Barnes Foundation, Richard Estes, Alex Katz, and Neil Wlliver.
Biographical / Historical:
Phillip A. Bruno (1930- ) is an art collector and director of Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 45 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:
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bruno09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bruno09

Sphere for Plaza Fountain, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Koenig, Fritz 1924-2017  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey New York New York
Located Battery Park New York New York
Date:
1969. Relocated 2001/2002
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87870030
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_302674

Large Votive III, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Koenig, Fritz 1924-2017  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art Nashville Tennessee Accession Number: 76.12.1
Date:
1963
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS TN000441
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_317415

Votive K, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Koenig, Fritz 1924-2017  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by Franklin & Marshall College Phillips Museum of Art P.O. Box 3003 Lancaster Pennsylvania 17604
Located Franklin & Marshall College Walkway between Stahr Hall and Meyran Hall Lancaster Pennsylvania
Topic:
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS PA000172
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_317482

Untitled, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Koenig, Fritz 1924-2017  Search this
Founder:
Guss Hans Mayr  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: etched bronze; Base: granite
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered Embarcadero Center Management Company 4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 2600 San Francisco California 94111
Located Commercial Street colonnade at Battery Street San Francisco California
Date:
1989
Topic:
Abstract--Geometric  Search this
Control number:
IAS CA000609
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_323950

Mein Afrika : die Sammlung Fritz Koenig / bearbeitet von Stefan Eisenhofer, Iris Hahner-Herzog, und Christine Stelzig ; mit einer Einführung von Peter Stepan

Author:
Eisenhofer, Stefan 1960-  Search this
Subject:
Koenig, Fritz 1924- Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
183 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Africa, Sub-Saharan
Date:
2000
Topic:
Art  Search this
Art--Private collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_714484

"Mon Afrique" : la collection Fritz Koenig

Title:
Collection Fritz Koenig
Author:
Lehuard, Raoul  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Koenig, Fritz 1924- Art collections  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2001
Call number:
N2 .A793
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_750007

Fritz Koenig. Recent sculpture. [Exhibition] October 3-November 4, 1972

Author:
Koenig, Fritz 1924-  Search this
Staempfli Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Koenig, Fritz  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. illus. (part col.) port. 20x23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1972
[1972]
Call number:
NB588.K585 A4 1972
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639679

Fritz Koenig : recent sculpture, December 17, 1963-January 11, 1964 / Staempfli

Author:
Koenig, Fritz 1924-  Search this
Staempfli Gallery (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Koenig, Fritz 1924- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[12] p. : ill. ; 20 x 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1964
[1964]
Call number:
NB588.K585 A4 1963
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639680

Fritz Koenig : Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst München, 30. März-19. Mai 1974 / [dieser Katalog wurde in d. Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst, München, Haus d. Kunst, von d. Bayer. Staatsgemäldesammlungen hrsg.]

Author:
Koenig, Fritz 1924-  Search this
Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst  Search this
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen  Search this
Subject:
Koenig, Fritz 1924-  Search this
Physical description:
204 p. : chiefly ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1974
Call number:
NB588.K585 S8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651335

Votive S, (sculpture)

Architect:
Koenig, Fritz 1924-2017  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by University of California at Los Angeles Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center 10899 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles California 90024
Located University of California at Los Angeles Murphy Hall, North patio Los Angeles California 90024
Date:
1963
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 03070063
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_304080

Column-Caryatid, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Koenig, Fritz 1924-2017  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Storm King Art Center Old Pleasant Hill Road Mountainville New York 10953 Accession Number: 1976.5
Date:
1965
Topic:
Architecture--Detail--Column  Search this
Control number:
IAS 35430103
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_31790

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