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Oral history interview with Peter Agostini

Interviewee:
Agostini, Peter  Search this
Interviewer:
Roberts, Colette, 1910-  Search this
Names:
Columbia University -- Faculty  Search this
United States. Works Progress Administration  Search this
Bontecou, Lee, 1931-  Search this
Chamberlain, John, 1927-2011  Search this
Chryssa, 1933-2013  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
De Chirico, Giorgio, 1888-  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Demuth, Charles, 1883-1935  Search this
Di Suvero, Mark, 1933-  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield, 1880-1946  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean, 1901-1985  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Ferber, Herbert, 1906-1991  Search this
Flannagan, John Bernard, 1895?-1942  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Greenberg, Clement, 1909-1994  Search this
Hague, Raoul, 1905-1993  Search this
Hare, David, 1917-1992  Search this
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943  Search this
Hopper, Edward, 1882-1967  Search this
Judd, Donald, 1928-1994  Search this
Kaprow, Allan  Search this
Kienholz, Edward, 1927-  Search this
Kline, Franz, 1910-1962  Search this
Kohn, Gabriel, 1910-1975  Search this
Kolbe, Georg, 1877-1947  Search this
La Tour, Onya, 1896-1976  Search this
Lachaise, Gaston, 1882-1935  Search this
Lassaw, Ibram, 1913-2003  Search this
Lippold, Richard, 1915-2002  Search this
Lipton, Seymour, 1903-1986  Search this
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973  Search this
Maillol, Aristide, 1861-1944  Search this
Manship, Paul, 1885-1966  Search this
Marca-Relli, Conrad, 1913-2000  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Marisol, 1930-2016  Search this
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954  Search this
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891  Search this
Mondrian, Piet, 1872-1944  Search this
Morris, Robert, 1931-2018  Search this
Nakian, Reuben, 1897-1986  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986  Search this
Oldenburg, Claes, 1929-  Search this
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Pompon, François, 1855-1933  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967  Search this
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957  Search this
Roszak, Theodore, 1907-1981  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Samaras, Lucas, 1936-  Search this
Scarpitta, Salvatore, 1919-2007  Search this
Segal, George, 1924-2000  Search this
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965  Search this
Smith, David, 1906-1965  Search this
Smith, Tony, 1912-1980  Search this
Spaventa, George, 1918-  Search this
Stankiewicz, Richard, 1922-1983  Search this
Sugarman, George, 1912-1999  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892  Search this
Zorach, William, 1887-1966  Search this
Extent:
99 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1968
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Peter Agostini conducted in 1968, by Colette Roberts, for the Archives of American Art at 151 Avenue B, New York, New York.
Mr. Agostini speaks of his childhood spent living throughout the five boroughs of New York; his interactions with clients of his father's acting employment agency; his early education in Catholic school and the creative freedom allotted by the nuns; his first feelings of isolation as an artist at the age of seven; the development of a sense of communication as the result of the loss of his mother at the age of three and time spent at a school for orphans; his early realization and vision of artistic destiny; his religious interests which lead to mysticism in his earlier work; his time spent working freely in the DaVinci Studio with Spaventa; the discovery by Hess of his works in Gallerie Grimaud; his attainment of the Longview Grant; his working experience throughout the Depression as part of the WPA casting plaster mannequins while working indirectly with Pollack as well as Marca Relli; his subsequent move to designing department store windows (use of Mondrian-like forms and lines); his feelings of his position as an observer; the importance of communication through art (communication without words); his rejection of the Abstract Expressionist group and choice of independence; the influence of the sculpture of Kolbe and Bache in the thirties; Clement Greenberg's distaste for his work; his feelings about the relative failure to sell his work due its unusual edginess and mystery; his role in the introduction of the work of contemporary European artists (Chausserian, Gauthier, Modrian) to the American group; his description of his own work as "traditionless"; his feelings of self-importance as one of the most original sculptors in the art world; his influence on the younger generation, particularly Marisol; the enslavement to originality that the younger generation faces; his attitudes towards American Art forms and their lack of rebellious spirit; the virtues of the American writers, such as Poe, Whitman, and Melville as American "knapsack" writers; his personal technique which places an emphasis on the "skin" or volume of something; his attempt to create quiet art, or art that merely indicates features; his frustration with teaching and the problems of regurgitated knowledge; the role of Meyer Shapiro in his teaching career at Columbia; the formation of the Club and its similarity to the Cubist's café scene; his opinions on the relationship of sex and sensuality in American art; his personal struggles, including the loss of his second wife and two of his brothers, in addition to the estrangement of his only daughter by his first wife; his feelings on the role of psycho analysis and personal history in a work of art; his present works which feature the "swell." For the majority of the second half of the interview Ms. Roberts asks Mr. Agostini to express his opinions on the work of: Kline; DeKooning; Duchamp; Oldenburg; La Tour; DeChirico; Maillol; Pompon; Rothko; Chardin; Cezanne; Giacometti; Reinhardt; Chryssa; Tony Smith; Segal; Lachaise; Zorach; Manship; Flannagan; Kelly; Lassaw; David Smith; Hare; Lipton; Ferber; Lippold; Roszak; Nakian; Noguchi; Hague; Kohn; di Suvero; Chamberlain; Kaprow; Sugarman; Stankiewicz; Bontecou; Scarpitta; Cornell; Keinholz; Rivera; Judd; Robert Morris; O'Keeffe; Samaras; Mark Tobey; Marin; Pollock; Hartley; Dove; Macdonald-Wright; Demuth; Sheeler; Hopper; Mirot; Matisse; DuBuffet.
Biographical / Historical:
Peter Agostini (1913-1993) was a sculptor from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 28 digital wav files. Duration is 10 hrs., 37 min.
Transferred from 4 3" reels.
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.
Topic:
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.agosti68
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94f33a1ab-e475-4a6f-8b0b-f9822b288239
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-agosti68
Online Media:

Moby Dick

Author:
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891  Search this
Artist:
Zorich, Louis, 1924-2018  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Contents:
REEL 1;
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0352
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-10RR-0352
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / RR
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5804ab82e-2da0-4865-9bbd-25bcdeb96f70
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref18856

Moby Dick

Author:
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891  Search this
Artist:
Zorich, Louis, 1924-2018  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Contents:
REEL 2;
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0353
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-10RR-0353
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / RR
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk507e32efa-79ae-470c-83fc-16938c1d8c93
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref18857

Moby Dick

Author:
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891  Search this
Artist:
Zorich, Louis, 1924-2018  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Contents:
REEL 3;
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0354
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-10RR-0354
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / RR
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk50c3b4777-6b8a-4840-8727-8587f1670fe1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref18858

Moby Dick

Author:
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891  Search this
Artist:
Zorich, Louis, 1924-2018  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Sound recording (sound-tape reel, analog, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Contents:
REEL 4;
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0355
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Please visit our website to learn more about submitting a request. The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections make no guarantees concerning copyright or other intellectual property restrictions. Other usage conditions may apply; please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for more information.
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-10RR-0355
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / RR
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5ebe74c2c-7734-4b70-b77b-25b16a61f74a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref18859

Ahab's rolling sea a natural history of Moby-Dick Richard J. King

Author:
King, Richard J  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
430 pages illustrations 24 cm
Type:
Books
Literary criticism
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Date:
2019
19th century
Topic:
Sea in literature  Search this
Whaling in literature  Search this
Whales in literature  Search this
Seafaring life in literature  Search this
Sea stories, American  Search this
Human-animal relationships in literature  Search this
Environmentalism in literature  Search this
American literature  Search this
Nature in literature  Search this
Natur  Search this
American literature--History and criticism  Search this
Sea stories, American--History and criticism  Search this
Marine animals in literature  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1153516

Moby Dick Herman Melville ; adapted by Brainerd Duffield ; musical score composed and directed by Victor Young

Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891,  Search this
Author:
Duffield, Brainerd  Search this
Laughton, Charles 1899-1962  Search this
Physical description:
1 audio disc 10 in
Type:
Fiction
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Date:
1949
1944
Topic:
Ahab, Captain (Fictitious character)  Search this
Whaling  Search this
Whales  Search this
Achab (Personnage fictif)  Search this
Baleines--Chasse  Search this
Baleines  Search this
Call number:
disc 000862
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1117782

The story of Moby Dick Original film soundtrack from Jerry Winters' productions of Herman Melville's Moby Dick

Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891,  Search this
Author:
Mitchell, Thomas 1892-1962  Search this
Shaindlin, Jack 1909-1978  Search this
Mohaupt, Richard 1904-1957 Herman Melville's Moby Dick Selections  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Moby Dick  Search this
Physical description:
1 audio disc 12 in
Type:
Excerpts
Date:
1957
Topic:
Film excerpts  Search this
Motion picture music  Search this
Motion picture music--Excerpts  Search this
Call number:
disc 000861
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1117783

The stormy petrel and the whale : some origins of Moby-Dick / David Jaffé

Author:
Jaffé, David  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Moby Dick  Search this
Wilkes, Charles 1798-1877 Narrative of the United States exploring expedition  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 76 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1976
C1976
Topic:
Explorers  Search this
Call number:
PS2384.M62 J3X
PS2384.M62J3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_90747

Marquesan encounters : Melville and the meaning of civilization / T. Walter Herbert, Jr

Author:
Herbert, T. Walter (Thomas Walter) 1938-  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Typee  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 237 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)
Nuka Hiva (French Polynesia)
United States
Date:
1980
1783-1865
Topic:
Civilization--Philosophy  Search this
In literature  Search this
History  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_908511

The stormy petrel and the whale : some origins of Moby-Dick / David Jaffé

Author:
Jaffé, David  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Moby Dick  Search this
Wilkes, Charles 1798-1877 Narrative of the United States exploring expedition  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 76 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1976
C1976
Topic:
Explorers  Search this
Call number:
PS2384.M62 J3X
PS2384.M62J3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_90748

Floodgates of the Wonderworld : a Moby-Dick pictorial : celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Melville's masterwork / Robert Del Tredici

Author:
Del Tredici, Robert  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Moby Dick  Search this
Physical description:
146 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Illustrations
Pictorial works
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Sea stories, American  Search this
Whaling  Search this
Whales  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_724007

Melville : a biography / Laurie Robertson-Lorant

Author:
Robertson-Lorant, Laurie 1940-  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Biography  Search this
Physical description:
xxv, 710 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Date:
1996
C1996
19th century
Topic:
Novelists, American  Search this
Call number:
CT275.M53 R65 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_495203

Moby Dick / by Herman Melville; introduction by Raymond Weaver

Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 565 p. 17 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1926
19th century
Topic:
Whaling--Fiction  Search this
American fiction  Search this
Call number:
PZ3.M498Mo20X 1926
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_443479

Melville & Turner : spheres of love and fright / Robert K. Wallace

Author:
Wallace, Robert K. 1944-  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Knowledge Art  Search this
Turner, J. M. W (Joseph Mallord William) 1775-1851 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 643 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1992
C1992
19th century
Topic:
Art and literature--History  Search this
Call number:
CT275.M53 W19 1992
CT275.M53W19 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_447877

Domestic individualism : imagining self in nineteenth-century America / Gillian Brown

Author:
Brown, Gillian  Search this
Subject:
Stowe, Harriet Beecher 1811-1896 Political and social views  Search this
Hawthorne, Nathaniel 1804-1864 Political and social views  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Political and social views  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
19th century
Topic:
Domestic fiction, American--History and criticism  Search this
American fiction--History and criticism  Search this
Individualism in literature  Search this
Self in literature  Search this
Call number:
PS374.D57B7 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_405370

Savage eye : Melville and the visual arts / edited by Christopher Sten

Author:
Sten, Christopher 1944-  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Knowledge Art  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 338 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
C1991
19th century
Topic:
Art and literature--History  Search this
Call number:
CT275.M53 S26 1991
CT275.M53S26 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_422745

Unpainted to the last : Moby-Dick and twentieth-century American art / Elizabeth A. Schultz

Author:
Schultz, Elizabeth A  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Moby Dick  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 382 p., [40] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Illustrations
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
C1995
20th century
Topic:
Art and literature--History  Search this
Sea stories, American  Search this
Art, Modern  Search this
Whaling in art  Search this
Whales in art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
PS2384.M62 S36 1995X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_483884

Bound to vary : a Guild of Book Workers exhibition of unique fine bindings on the Married Mettle Press limited edition of Billy Budd, sailor

Author:
Guild of Book Workers  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Billy Budd  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Married Mettle Press  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
Topic:
Bookbinding  Search this
Call number:
Z269 .G952 1988
Z269.G952 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_436571

Battle-pieces and aspects of the war / by Herman Melville

Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Physical description:
x, [11]-272 p. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Poetry
Place:
United States
Date:
1866
Civil War, 1861-1865
Topic:
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
PS2384 .B33 1866
PS2384.B33 1866
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_434576

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