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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

Kubach-Wilmsen : Skulptur-Architektur = sculpture-architecture

Title:
Skulptur-architektur
Sculpture-architecture
Author:
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 35 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2002
C2002
Call number:
NB588.K82 A4 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_813605

Kubach-Wilmsen : Werke 1971-2000 : Träger der Materie - Träger des Geistes: Die Steine dieser Erde, zu Säulen, Amphoren, Büchern, Zeitungen, Blättern, Tafeln und Monitoren gemeisselt und geschliffen

Author:
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria 1937-  Search this
Henze, Wolfgang 1944-  Search this
Galerie Henze & Ketterer  Search this
Subject:
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria 1937-  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2000
1992
Call number:
NB588.K82 A4 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_609889

Kubach-Wilmsen : Steine zum Lesen, Steine zum Leben

Author:
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria 1937-  Search this
Galerie + Edition A (Munich, Germany)  Search this
Subject:
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria 1937-  Search this
Physical description:
[25] leaves : 20 col. ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
[1983?]
Call number:
NB588.K82 A4 1983
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_645197

Kubach-Wilmsen-Team : Erdader und Säule, Steinbuch, Steinzeitung / Text, Jürgen Morschel

Author:
Morschel, Jürgen  Search this
Subject:
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria 1937-  Search this
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Physical description:
[11] p., [46] leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
C1979
Call number:
NB588.K825 A4 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654882

Kubach-Wilmsen : Ikarus : 2007 [catalogue]

Author:
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Labye, Claire  Search this
Peter Findlay Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria 1937-  Search this
Physical description:
[8] p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 27 cm
Type:
Catalogues
Date:
2007
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1026909

Kubach-Wilmsen : skulpturen in marmer en hardsteen : Galerie Resy Muijsers

Title:
Skulpturen in marmer en hardsteen : Galerie Resy Muijsers
Artist:
Kubach-Wilmsen-Team  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria 1937-  Search this
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Grinten, Franz Joseph van der  Search this
Publisher:
Galerie Resy Muijsers  Search this
Subject:
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria 1937-  Search this
Kubach, Wolfgang 1936-  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen-Team  Search this
Physical description:
16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1982
Call number:
NB588.K82 A4 1982
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1065068

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