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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
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-agosti68

Herman Melville, damned in paradise : companion guide / a production of The Film Company

Author:
Film Company (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Physical description:
32 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
©1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1101498

The whiteness of the whale : American photographs, 1998-2011 / Paul Graham ; texts by David Chandler, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, and Herman Melville

Artist:
Graham, Paul 1956-  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Chandler, David 1955-  Search this
Wolukau-Wanambwa, Stanley  Search this
Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Moby Dick Selections  Search this
Host institution:
Pier 24 Photography  Search this
Subject:
Graham, Paul 1956-  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (various pagings) : chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 36 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Pictorial works
Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition, pictorial works
Place:
United States
Date:
2015
Topic:
Street photography  Search this
Social conditions  Search this
Call number:
TR647 .G713 2015
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094277

The tambourine in glory / Sterling Stuckey

Author:
Stuckey, Sterling  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Knowledge Africans  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Influences  Search this
Pinkster (Festival)  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
New York (State)
Date:
2009
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Call number:
PS2387 .S78 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094893

The hatcher-polishers, Benito Cereno, and Amasa Delano / Sterling Stuckey

Author:
Stuckey, Sterling  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Characters Ashanti (African people)  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2009
Topic:
Ashanti (African people) in literature  Search this
Call number:
PS2387 .S78 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094894

Cheer and gloom : Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville on slave music and dance / Sterling Stuckey

Author:
Stuckey, Sterling  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Knowledge Slave music  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Characters Africans  Search this
Douglass, Frederick 1818-1895 Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2009
Topic:
African Americans--Music in literature  Search this
Ring shout (Dance) in literature  Search this
Call number:
PS2387 .S78 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094895

Introduction : [African culture and Melville's art] / Sterling Stuckey

Title:
African culture and Melville's art
Author:
Stuckey, Sterling  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Influences  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Knowledge Africans  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2009
Call number:
PS2387 .S78 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094897

Moby Dick [sound recording] : selections / read by Louis Zorich

Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Reader:
Zorich, Louis 1924-2018  Search this
Cover designer:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Commentator:
Charters, Ann  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Moby Dick Adaptations  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type:
Phonograph records
Date:
1965
Topic:
Oral interpretation of fiction  Search this
Local number:
FW09775
Folkways 9775
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access
See more items in:
Folkways Records Collection 1948-1986
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_233064
Online Media:

Moby Dick [sound recording]

Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Artist:
Zorich, Louis 1924-2018  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 10 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0352
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_317742

Moby Dick [sound recording]

Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Artist:
Zorich, Louis 1924-2018  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 10 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0353
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_317743

Moby Dick [sound recording]

Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Artist:
Zorich, Louis 1924-2018  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 10 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0354
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_317744

Moby Dick [sound recording]

Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Artist:
Zorich, Louis 1924-2018  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 10 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-10RR-0355
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_317745

African culture and Melville's art : the creative process in Benito Cereno and Moby-Dick / Sterling Stuckey

Author:
Stuckey, Sterling  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Knowledge  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Benito Cereno  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Moby Dick  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 154 pages ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Place:
Africa
Date:
2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1085084

Black images in nineteenth-century American painting and literature : an iconological study of Mount, Melville, Homer and Mark Twain

Author:
Adams, Karen M  Search this
Subject:
Mount, William Sidney 1807-1868  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Homer, Winslow 1836-1910  Search this
Twain, Mark 1835-1910  Search this
Physical description:
x, 240 leaves, 73 leaves of plates : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1977
19th century
Topic:
African Americans in art  Search this
African Americans in literature  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Call number:
N8232.A214
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_108904

On the slain collegians : selections from the poems of Herman Melville / edited, and with woodcuts, by Antonio Frasconi

Author:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891  Search this
Editor:
Frasconi, Antonio  Search this
Physical description:
47 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
©1971
19th century
Topic:
American poetry  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1073475

Herman Melville's whaling years / Wilson Heflin ; edited by Mary K. Bercaw Edwards and Thomas Farel Heffernan

Author:
Heflin, Wilson L (Wilson Lumpkin) 1913-  Search this
Edwards, Mary K. Bercaw  Search this
Heffernan, Thomas Farel 1933-  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Childhood and youth  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Travel  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Knowledge Whaling  Search this
Physical description:
xxv, 332 p. : maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Oceania
United States
South Pacific Ocean
Date:
2004
19th century
Topic:
Americans--History  Search this
Whaling--History  Search this
Novelists, American  Search this
Whalers (Persons)  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_833167

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

Douglass and Melville : anchored together in neighborly style / Robert K. Wallace

Author:
Wallace, Robert K  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Political and social views  Search this
Douglass, Frederick 1818-1895 Contemporaries  Search this
Douglass, Frederick 1818-1895 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 147 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2005
C2005
19th century
Topic:
Literature and society--History  Search this
African American abolitionists  Search this
Abolitionists  Search this
Race relations in literature  Search this
Race in literature  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_773902

In search of Moby Dick : quest for the white whale / Tim Severin

Author:
Severin, Timothy  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Moby Dick  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Knowledge Whales  Search this
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Travel  Search this
Physical description:
212 p. ; 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Oceania
Date:
2000
1999
C2000
19th century
Topic:
Novelists, American  Search this
Sea stories, American--History and criticism  Search this
Cannibalism in literature  Search this
Whaling in literature  Search this
Whales in literature  Search this
Setting (Literature)  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
In literature  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_798842

Maritime prints from Herman Melville's collection of art / Robert K. Wallace

Author:
Wallace, Robert K. 1944-  Search this
Old Dartmouth Historical Society (New Bedford, Mass.)  Search this
New Bedford Whaling Museum  Search this
Subject:
Melville, Herman 1819-1891 Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Marine prints  Search this
Call number:
NE957 .W35 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_609900

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