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Oral history interview with Otto Piene

Interviewee:
Piene, Otto, 1928-  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Center for Advanced Visual Studies  Search this
Group Zero  Search this
Mack, Heinz, 1931-  Search this
Extent:
7 Items (sound cassettes (9 hr., 52 min.))
122 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1988 Aug. 4-1990 Feb. 22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Otto Piene conducted 1988 Aug. 4-1990 Feb. 22, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Cambridge, MA.
Piene speaks of his childhood in Westphalia, Germany; his World War II military service; the decision to become an artist; training in Dusseldorf, 1949-1952; the founding of Group Zero with Heinz Mack in Dusseldorf, 1957-1966; visits to the United States in the 1960s and some of his early work and exhibitions; his work as director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, beginning in 1974; some of his light and Sky Art projects, including Sky Art Conferences; and support for art and technology projects and education in the US and in Europe. Piene also recalls Heinz Mack, Günter Meisner, György Kepes, Howard Wise, Stan VanDerBeek, Charlotte Moorman and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Otto Piene (1928- ) is a painter and art administrator from Cambridge, Mass.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 13 digital wav files. Duration is 9 hr., 52 min.
First cassette begins with some distortion, lasting approximately one minute. Side B of cassette 2 was recorded in three parts due to tape defect in original, with no loss of content. Cassette 6 only recorded on side A.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Occupation:
Painters -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge -- Interviews  Search this
Arts administrators -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge -- Interviews  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.piene88
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-piene88

Barbara Rose papers

Creator:
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Names:
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Andre, Carl, 1935-  Search this
Bannard, Walter Darby, 1934-  Search this
Bellamy, Richard  Search this
Bierman, A. K., 1923- (Arthur Kalme)  Search this
Bladen, Ronald, 1918-1988  Search this
Bowles, John  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Davis, Jim, 1901-1974  Search this
Davis, Ron, 1937-  Search this
De Forest, Roy, 1930-2007  Search this
Di Suvero, Mark, 1933-  Search this
Dzubas, Friedel, 1915-  Search this
Flavin, Dan, 1933-  Search this
Frazier, Charles  Search this
Geldzahler, Henry  Search this
Hare, David, 1917-1992  Search this
Hopps, Walter  Search this
Judd, Donald, 1928-  Search this
Karp, Ivan C., 1926-2012  Search this
Kauffman, Craig, 1932-2010  Search this
Krasner, Lee, 1908-1984  Search this
LeWitt, Sol, 1928-2007  Search this
Lefebre, John  Search this
Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997  Search this
Locks, Seymour, 1919-  Search this
Lye, Len, 1901-1980  Search this
Mack, Heinz, 1931-  Search this
McCracken, John, 1934-2011  Search this
McShine, Kynaston  Search this
Meier, Richard, 1934-  Search this
Morris, Robert, 1931-2018  Search this
Motherwell, Robert  Search this
Mundt, Ernest Karl, 1905-  Search this
Murray, Robert, 1936-  Search this
Myers, John Bernard  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Padovano, Anthony  Search this
Piene, Otto, 1928-  Search this
Poons, Larry  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008  Search this
Rexroth, Kenneth, 1905-1982  Search this
Rose, Barbara  Search this
Rudolph, Paul, 1918-  Search this
Sandler, Irving, 1925-  Search this
Segal, George, 1924-2000  Search this
Stella, Frank  Search this
Taylor, Edward Silverstone  Search this
Wasserman, Tamara E.  Search this
Wesselmann, Tom, 1931-2004  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Lectures
Date:
1962-circa 1969
Summary:
The Barbara Rose papers date from 1962 to circa 1969 and measure 1.4 linear feet. Papers include letters, writings, printed material, interviews with artists, panel discussions, and lectures relating to Barbara Rose's research as an art historian.
Scope and Contents:
The Barbara Rose papers date from 1962 to circa 1969 and measure 1.4 linear feet. Papers include letters, interviews with artists, panel discussions, lectures, writings, and printed material relating to Barbara Rose's work as an art historian and critic.

Letters consist of responses to queries and questionnaires Rose and Irving Sandler sent to contemporary artists as research for writing projects. Questionnaires were sesnt in preparation for an article in Art in America on artists' sensibility of the 1960s, with responses from Robert Motherwell, Robert Craig Kauffman, Len Lye, Robert Morris, George Segal, David Hare, and others. A separate query asked sculptors for their assessment of contemporary sculptor's needs and the potential for patronage, and responses are found from Carl Andre, Charles Frazier, Robert Murray, Anthony Padovano, Ron Bladen, Roy Lichtenstein, Len Lye, Sol LeWitt, Heinz Mack, Otto Peine, Dan Flavin, and Donald Judd.

Interviews conducted by Rose between 1965 and circa 1969 are found with Richard Bellamy, Leo Castelli, James E. Davis, Henry Geldzahler, Ivan Karp, Lee Krasner, John Lefebre, John Myers, Donald Judd with Frank Stella, and Tom Wesselmann. All interviews include original sound recordings, and the Judd and Stella, Krasner, and Myers interviews include transcripts. Panel discussions and lectures include sound recordings and transcripts of seven events on a variety of contemporary art and architecture subjects held between 1962 and 1968. Sound recordings are present for five of the events on 10 sound tape reels, and transcripts are present for all events. Participants in the panel discussions and lectures include Barbara Rose, Ronald Davis, Dan Flavin, Robert Kauffman, John Harvey McCracken, Friedel Dzubas, Ansel Adams, Arthur Bierman, Kenneth Rexroth, Edward Taylor, Ernst Karl Mundt, John Bowles, Roy Dean De Forest, Seymour Locks, Walter Hopps, Mark Di Suvero, Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Kynaston McShine, Walter Darby Bannard, Donald Judd, Larry Poons, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Meier, Paul Rudolph, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Murray.

Writings include photocopied typescripts of "Myth, Symbol, or Me," by Emily Wasserman and "Excerpts from a Work Journal on Flying Sculpture," by Charles Frazier. Printed material consists of two copies of the premiere issue of the 57th Street Review, from Nov. 15, 1966.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 4 series.

Series 1: Letters (0.2 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 2: Interviews (0.6 linear feet; Box 1)

Series 3: Panel Discussions and Lectures (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 1-2)

Series 4: Writings and Printed Material (0.1 linear feet; Box 2)
Biographical / Historical:
Barbara Rose is an American art historian and critic who has published widely in the field of modern American art. Born in 1938 in Washington, DC, Rose studied at the Sorbonne, Smith College, Barnard, and finally, Columbia University under Meyer Shapiro. Rose became immersed in the New York-based circle of modernist artists and curators in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and made her substantial contribution to the discourse on contemporary art with the insider's perspective this afforded her. In 1961, she married the painter Frank Stella and they had two children before their divorce in 1969.

Rose taught at Yale University, Sarah Lawrence, University of California at Irvine and San Diego, and the American University Art in Italy program, and was senior curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 1981-1985. A prolific writer, Rose is the author of American Art Since 1900 (1967), The Golden Age of Dutch Painting (1969), American Painting: The 20th Century (Skira, 1969), and monographs on the artists Magdalena Abankawicz, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Alexander Liberman, Larry Rivers, and others, as well as dozens of exhibition catalog essays. She held editorial positions at Art in America, Vogue, Artforum, Partisan Review, and Journal of Art, and her writing has also appeared in Art International, Studio International, Arts Magazine, and ARTnews, among many others.
Related Materials:
Barbara Rose papers, 1940-1993 (bulk 1960-1985) are located at The Getty Research Institute Special Collections.
Separated Materials:
Additional papers of Barbara Rose are held by The Getty Research Institute.
Provenance:
Donated 1971-1977 by Barbara Rose.
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.
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.
Occupation:
Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Transcripts
Sound recordings
Lectures
Citation:
Barbara Rose papers, 1962-circa 1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.rosebarb
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Barbara Rose papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rosebarb

Afrikanische Kunst der Sammlung Mack = African art from the Mack Collection / Herausgeber: David Zemanek ; Text: David Zemanek, Maria Valeria Mack ; Übersetzung: Daniel Kletke, Eric Makin

Title:
African art from the Mack Collection
Writer of added commentary:
Zemanek, David 1982-  Search this
Mack, Maria Valeria 1986-  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931- Art collections  Search this
Mack, Heinz 1931- Travel  Search this
Physical description:
280 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Africa
Date:
2017
Topic:
Art, African--Private collections  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1093408

Heinz Mack

Artist:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Author:
Rosenthal, Norman  Search this
Publisher:
Sperone Westwater (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
70 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portrait ; 25 x 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2017
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Art, German  Search this
Call number:
N6888.M3 A4 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1081805

Das Buch = The book. : Die Edition = The Edition : Mack/Expedition in Künstliche Gärten / fotografiert von Thomas Höpker. Sculpture safaris, photographic interpretations of artifacts in nature

Title:
Buch
Buch, die Edition
Book
Book, the edition
Mack Expedition in Künstliche Gärten
Author:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Höpker, Thomas  Search this
Galerie Photo Selection  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931- Expedition in Künstliche Gärten  Search this
Physical description:
[14] p. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
[1976?]
Topic:
Nature photography  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photography of sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NB588.M2 A4 1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_830087

Heinz Mack : Silberlicht : 75 Projektionen auf Fotopapier / [Herausgeber, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach ; Text, Susanne Titz]

Title:
Silberlicht
Author:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Titz, Susanne 1964-  Search this
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach (Germany)  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
78 p. : chiefly ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Light in art  Search this
Sculpture in art  Search this
Black-and-white photography  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_788098

Lenk, Mack, Pfahler, Uecker

Author:
Honisch, Dieter  Search this
Lenk, Thomas 1933-  Search this
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Pfahler, Georg Karl 1926-  Search this
Uecker, Günther 1930-  Search this
Padiglione Tedesco:
Biennale di Venezia (35th : 1970 : Venice, Italy)  Search this
Biennale di Venezia (35th : 1970 : Venice, Italy)  Search this
Physical description:
4 v. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 37cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Germany
Date:
1970
C1970
20th century
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_615627

Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf im Ehrenhof : Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker : Lichtraum (Hommage à Fontana) 1964 / [Redaktion: Hans Albert Peters und Stephan von Wiese]

Title:
Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker
Lichtraum (Hommage à Fontana)
Author:
Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf  Search this
Peters, Hans Albert  Search this
Wiese, Stephan von  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Piene, Otto 1928-2014-  Search this
Uecker, Günther 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
44 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1992
Topic:
Zero (Group of artists)  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N6868.5.Z4 K86
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_635909

Heinz Mack : Mediterrane Zeit, Bilder und Skulpturen 1994-1995 : Ausstellungsdauer, 4. 11. 1995-24. 1. 1996

Title:
Mediterrane Zeit
Mack
Author:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Galerie Neher Essen  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
120 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), port. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
C1995
Call number:
N6888.M3 A4 1995a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636624

Mack : Skulpturen und Malerei : Ausstellungsdauer vom 29.8. bis 21.10.1992 / [Texte, Heinz Mack]

Author:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Galerie Lauter  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
134 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1992
[1992]
Call number:
NB.588.M2.A4.1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640212

Zero-Mack : der Lichtwald, 1960-1969 / [Heinz Mack ; Katalog-Redaktion, Dierk Stemmler]

Author:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
108 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
Topic:
Lighting as art  Search this
Call number:
NB.588.M2.A4.1991a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_644118

Mack : Farbe, Raum, Licht : von ZERO bis heute / [Herausgeber, Marion Agthe ; Redaktion, Lektorat und Katalog, Marion Agthe, Ute Mack]

Title:
Farbe, Raum, Licht von ZERO bis heute
Author:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Agthe, Marion  Search this
Mack, Ute  Search this
Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen Cottbus  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
131 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1994
[1994?]
Topic:
Zero (Group of artists)  Search this
Call number:
N6888.M3 A4 1994a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649614

Heinz Mack; eine Monografie

Author:
Weinberg-Staber, Margit  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. illus., facsim., plates (part col.), port. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1969
[1969, c1968]
Call number:
NB588.M2 S7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_651354

Sehverwandtschaften im Werk von Heinz Mack / herausgegeben von Karl Ruhrberg ; [Redaktion und Lektorat, Marion Agthe]

Author:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Ruhrberg, Karl  Search this
Galerie Neher Essen  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
165 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
C1989
Call number:
NB588.M2 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_655210

Mack : Licht im Blick / Dieter Honisch ; [Ausstellung und Katalog, Lutz Casper]

Title:
Licht im Blick
Author:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Honisch, Dieter  Search this
Casper, Lutz  Search this
Galerie Landesgirokasse Stuttgart  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
100 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Light in art  Search this
Call number:
N6888.M3 A4 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_657622

Mackazin. Mack szene. Mack seen. Mack-a-zine. Die Jahre 1957-67

Author:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
54 . with illus. 35 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Call number:
NB588.M2 A5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_668842

Mack, sculptures 1953-1986 / Dieter Honisch

Author:
Honisch, Dieter  Search this
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
543 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 33 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany (West)
Date:
1987
C1987
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, German  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.M157 H7
N40.1.M157H7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_373991

Mackazin, die Jahre, 1957-67. The years 1957-67. Les années, 1957-67

Author:
Howard Wise Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (chiefly ill.) 35 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Call number:
N40.1.M157 H8
N40.1.M157H8
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_270944

Zero in Bonn. Mack, Piene, Uecker. (Ausstellung), Städtische Kunstsammlungen Bonn, 22. 11.-31. 12. 1966. [Ausstellungskatalog]

Author:
Städtische Kunstsammlungen Bonn  Search this
Subject:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Piene, Otto 1928-2014  Search this
Uecker, Günther 1930-  Search this
Physical description:
25 l. with illus. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1966
1966)
Topic:
Zero (Group of artists)  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.M157 S7
N40.1.M157S7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_272449

Sculpture safaris : photographic interpretations of artifacts in nature / Heinz Mack, Thomas Höpker

Author:
Mack, Heinz 1931-  Search this
Höpker, Thomas  Search this
Physical description:
[37] p., 80 double leaves of col. plates : ill. (some col.) ; 39 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1977
Topic:
Nature photography  Search this
Call number:
TR721.M15
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_106857

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