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Oral history interview with Richard Gray

Interviewee:
Gray, Richard, 1928-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Names:
University of Illinois. -- Student  Search this
Boris, Harry  Search this
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997  Search this
Emmerich, André  Search this
Fabricant, Andrew  Search this
Gaudí, Antoni, 1852-1926  Search this
Gray, Paul  Search this
Klamen, David, 1961-  Search this
Louis, Morris, 1912-1962  Search this
Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010  Search this
Olitski, Jules, 1922-2007  Search this
Plensa, Jaume, 1955-  Search this
Stone, Allan  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Sound recording, master: 1 sound disc (1 hr., 45 min.), digital, 2 5/8 in.)
41 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2007 Dec. 9
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Richard Gray conducted 2007 Dec. 9, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art, at Carlyle Hotel, in New York, N.Y .
Gray speaks of being born in Chicago, Ill. and attending high school in Hyde Park; required coursework in art and music; his father's childhood in Poland; attending the University of Illinois in Chicago before transferring to the main campus in Champaign-Urbana; studying architecture but then becoming more interested in art; the influence of an early mentor; joining the air force and being stationed in France in the early 1950s; traveling throughout France, Spain, and Germany; visiting Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudí's architecture; returning to the United States, meeting his wife on a blind date, and marrying her within a year; being moved by the musical and artistic environment of his in-laws' home; owning a manufacturing business for 10 years; restructuring his father's summer resort in Michigan following his death; hosting music festivals and Harry Boris as artist-in-residence at the resort; following Boris's suggestion to open an art gallery in Chicago; his first art purchases from Allan Stone and André Emmerich in New York; his first gallery space off of Michigan Avenue on East Ontario Street in the same building as B.C. Holland and Noah Goldowsky; his second gallery space on Michigan Avenue; showing Color Field artists including Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, and Jules Olitski; dealers as collectors; seeing himself more as a collector than a dealer at this time in his life; his diverse collection of drawings spanning many time periods; his past practice of buying works of art in shares with other dealers; the competition between art dealers and auction houses; his belief in free-market opportunities; handling the sale of Willem de Kooning's Woman V; the gallery's representation of Jaume Plensa and David Klamen; the future direction of the gallery at both the Chicago and New York City locations; the changing market in international art; recently being designated a Living Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois; and his strong presence and activity in Chicago's cultural community. Gray also recalls André Emmerich, Andrew Fabricant, Paul Gray, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Richard Gray (1928-2018) was an art dealer from Chicago, Ill. Interviewer James McElhinney is a painter and educator from New York, N.Y.
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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Occupation:
Art dealers -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Economic aspects  Search this
Color-field painting  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.gray07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw995485404-2c43-4c16-a632-580a2c73333d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gray07
Online Media:

Jaume Plensa : conversations / [Herausgeber und Konzeption, Christian K. Scheffel]

Title:
Conversations
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Scheffel, Christian K  Search this
Galerie Scheffel  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
109 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
C2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_807707

Jaume Plensa : Song of songs

Title:
Song of songs
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Albion (Gallery)  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2004
C2004
Call number:
NB813.P59 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_822559

Jaume Plensa

Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Galerie de France (Paris, France)  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
[26] p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 39 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
Call number:
NB813.P59 A4 1990b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_823562

Jaume Plensa : Glückauf? / [Ausstellung und Katalog: Gottlieb Leinz]

Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Leinz, Gottlieb  Search this
Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg  Search this
Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2005
C2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_841208

Jaume Plensa : I in his eyes as one that found peace

Title:
I in his eyes as one that found peace
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Richard Gray Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
2006
C2006
Call number:
N7113.P54 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_841291

Outside in : sculpture for the natural world : Arman, Jonathan Borofsky, Anthony Caro, Saint Clair Cemin, Lynn Chadwick, Dietrich Klinge, Alexander Liberman, Igor Mitoraj ..

Title:
Sculpture in the natural world
Author:
Arman 1928-2005  Search this
Borofsky, Jonathan 1942-  Search this
Caro, Anthony 1924-2013-  Search this
Cemin, Saint Clair  Search this
Chadwick, Lynn 1914-2003  Search this
Klinge, Dietrich 1954-  Search this
Liberman, Alexander 1912-1999  Search this
Mitoraj, Igor 1944-  Search this
Moore, Henry 1898-1986  Search this
Ottmers, Carolyn  Search this
Paladino, Mimmo 1948-  Search this
Pihlblad, Janet  Search this
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Venet, Bernar 1941-  Search this
Becherer, Joseph Antenucci  Search this
Carrie Secrist Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Arman 1928-2005  Search this
Borofsky, Jonathan 1942-  Search this
Caro, Anthony 1924-2013  Search this
Cemin, Saint Clair  Search this
Chadwick, Lynn 1914-2003  Search this
Klinge, Dietrich 1954-  Search this
Liberman, Alexander 1912-1999  Search this
Mitoraj, Igor 1944-  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
[2004]
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_742512

Jaume Plensa : fiumi e cenere / [mostra e catalogo a cura di Marco Pierini ; testi in catalogo, José Jiménez, Marco Pierini]

Title:
Fiumi e cenere
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Pierini, Marco  Search this
Jiménez, José  Search this
Palazzo delle papesse, centro arte contemporanea (Siena, Italy)  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
133 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2004
C2004
Call number:
N7113.P54 A4 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_763362

Jaume Plensa : silent noise / [comisario, Kathy Cottong ; textos, Juan Manuel Bonet ... et al.]

Title:
Silent noise
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Cottong, Kathy  Search this
Bonet, Juan Manuel  Search this
Arts Club of Chicago  Search this
Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans, La.)  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
116 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Call number:
NB813.P59 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_763710

Jaume Plensa : Europa / [texto, M. José de Los Santos Auñón ; traducción, Discobole]

Title:
Europa, Jaume Plensa
JaumePlensa
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Los Santos Auñón, M. José  Search this
Galeria Toni Tàpies  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Interviews
Date:
2001
Call number:
N7113.P54 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_767213

Urban configurations / Gloria Moure

Author:
Moure, Gloria  Search this
Subject:
Baumgarten, Lothar  Search this
Horn, Rebecca 1944-  Search this
Kounellis, Jannis 1936-  Search this
Merz, Mario  Search this
Muñoz, Juan 1953-2001  Search this
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Rückriem, Ulrich  Search this
Turrell, James  Search this
Physical description:
189 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1994
C1994
Call number:
NB198 .M73 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_609246

Jaume Plensa : chaos-saliva

Title:
Chaos-saliva
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Palacio de Velázquez (Madrid, Spain)  Search this
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
244 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Spain
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_621563

Wanderers Nachtlied / Jaume Plensa

Title:
Jaume Plensa, Wanderers Nachtlied
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Museum Moderner Kunst (Austria)  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
74 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1999
[1999]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_624208

Jaume Plensa : wie ein Hauch

Title:
Wie ein Hauch
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Galerie Volker Diehl  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
[18] p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1998
C1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_624705

Jaume Plensa : Love Sounds / Herausgegeben von Carl Haenlein ; mit einem Text von Carsten Ahrens und einem Interview von Michael Stoeber

Title:
Love Sounds
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Haenlein, Carl Albrecht  Search this
Ahrens, Carsten 1961-  Search this
Stoeber, Michael  Search this
Kestner-Gesellschaft  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
67, viii p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1999
C1999
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N5070.H3 K4 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_625371

Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Joan Miro, Markus Lüpertz, Jaume Plensa : Galerie Volker Diehl, 20. April-22. Mai 1991

Author:
Galerie Volker Diehl  Search this
Subject:
Lehmbruck, Wilhelm 1881-1919  Search this
Miró, Joan 1893-1983  Search this
Lüpertz, Markus  Search this
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
[62] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1991
C1991
20th century
Topic:
Sculpture, Modern  Search this
Call number:
NB198 .W55 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_634579

Jaume Plensa : sculptures et dessins, Mai-Juin 1988

Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Musée Saint-Pierre art contemporain (Lyon, France)  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
[41] p. : col. ill., port. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
[1988]
Call number:
NB813.P59 A4 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636575

Jaume Plensa : Galerie Folker Skulima ... Berlin, 25 Novembe 1988-17. Januar 1989 : Deborah Sharpe Gallery ... New York, N.Y., December 6, 1988-January 21, 1989

Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Galerie Folker Skulima  Search this
Sharpe Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
[27] leaves : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1988
C1988
Call number:
NB813.P59 A4 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_636698

Jaume Plensa : one thought fills immensity : 2 Juli - 6 August 1995 Städtische Galerie Göppingen / [Herausgeber, Werner Meyer]

Title:
One thought fills immensity
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Meyer, Werner 1953-  Search this
Städtische Galerie Göppingen  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
63 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
[1995]
Call number:
NB813.P59 A4 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637234

Jaume Plensa : sculptures, dessins

Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Galerie Philippe Guimiot  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
1 portfolio : ill. (some col.), port. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1987
Call number:
NB813.P59 A4 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637235

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