An interview of Herbert Bayer conducted 1981 November 3-1982 March 10, by Arthur Cohen, for the Archives of American Art.
Bayer speaks of his family background and early influences in art and painting, his education and experiences at the Bauhaus school, studies under Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, and his friendship with Marcel Breuer. Bayer also tells of fleeing from Nazi Germany and of his travels in Italy. He concludes the interview with a discussion of his theories of color, the relation of surrealism to his work, the influence of architecture upon his work, the beginning of his interest in sculpture, the relationship of landscape to culture, mathematics and its relationship to painting, and the role of metaphysics in his life.
Biographical / Historical:
Herbert Bayer (1900-1985) was a painter, sculptor, and architect of Montecito, California.
Originally recorded on 5 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 9 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 44 min.
These interviews are part of the Archives' 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.
An interview of Leon Golub conducted by Bruce Hooton in 1965 for the Archives of American Art.
Golub speaks of his education at the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago Art ; the unusual nature of the Expressionists; the influence of Classical art on his work; living in France; an interest in describing notions of humanity in his work; influences of primitive ideology on his work; the difference between public and private art; the idea of metaphysical and physical combat in his work, especially in relation to his service in the army; implications of certain paintings he had in his studio at the time of the interview. Golub also recalls Robert Indiana; Kathleen Blackshear, Robert Leventhal, Paul Wieghardt, Max Beckmann, Hugo Weber, Bill Payton, Alton Pickens, Oskar Kokoschka, Jean Dubuffet, Pablo Picasso, José Clemente Orozco, Jackson Pollock, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter; New York, N.Y.; b. 1922, in Chicago, Ill.; d. Aug. 8, 2004, in Manhattan, N.Y.
An unrelated interview of Stuart Klonis conducted by B. Hooton is also on this tape.
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.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, vol. 32, no. 8, July 1930; vol. 63, no. 7, May 1961; and vol. 64, no. 1, November 1961.
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Arthur Raymond Brooks Collection, NASM.1989.0104, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
This series contains drafts of poetry by Reuben Tam, one notebook containing notes on artwork and painting technique, and miscellaneous writings and notes by Tam, including thoughts on Montauk, New York, and Monhegan Island, Maine. Also found are an essay about Tam, "Reuben Tam, Metaphysical Painter" by Martin James, and an article for Kauai Magazine by Pat I. Griffin.
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Reuben Tam papers, 1931-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Hughie Lee-Smith papers, circa 1890-2007, bulk 1931-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.