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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:

Sculptures and drawings / Jaume Plensa ; [essay by Joseph Becherer ; introduction by Lia Newman]

Title:
Jaume Plensa: sculptures and drawings
Artist:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Author of essay:
Becherer, Joseph Antenucci  Search this
Author of introduction:
Newman, LIsa  Search this
Publisher:
William H. Van Every, Jr. Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
35 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2014
21st century
Topic:
Sculpture, Spanish  Search this
Drawing, Spanish  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1046653

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 : the Crown Fountain / text by Keith Patrick ; principal photography by Kenneth Tanaka

Title:
Crown Fountain
Author:
Patrick, Keith  Search this
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Tanaka, Kenneth K (Kenneth Kazuo) 1935-  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
239 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 33 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Date:
2008
C2008
Topic:
Fountains  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_917250

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 : 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 : 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 : 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

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 : 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

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

I, you, she or he..., (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Medium:
Stainless steel and stone
Type:
Sculptures
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Owner/Location:
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park 1000 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids Michigan 49525
Date:
2006
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 67640122
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_441178

Jaume Plensa / text by Clare Lilley

Artist:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Contributor:
Lilley, Clare  Search this
Author:
Richard Gray Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
115 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Illinois
Chicago
Millennium Park (Chicago, Ill.)
Date:
2014
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1038535

Echo, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Medium:
Resin, steel, and marble dust
Type:
Sculptures
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Owner/Location:
Administered by Seattle Art Museum 100 University Street Seattle Washington 98101
Located Olympic Sculpture Park Shoreline Seattle Washington
Date:
Ca. 2011. Relocated 2013
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Echo  Search this
Figure female--Head  Search this
Figure female--Child  Search this
Control number:
IAS 71501236
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_453286

Jaume Plensa : water / Frac Picardie

Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
77 p . : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
Call number:
N7113.P54 P5 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_656594

Cell : Cella : Celda : four contemporary European artists at the Henry Moore Institute

Author:
Cell : Cella : Celda (Exhibition) (1993-1994 : Henry Moore Institute)  Search this
Henry Moore Institute (Leeds, England)  Search this
Henry Moore Sculpture Trust  Search this
Subject:
Allington, Edward 1951- Exhibitions  Search this
Messina, Vittorio 1946- Exhibitions  Search this
Plensa, Jaume 1955- Exhibitions  Search this
Sabin, Andrew 1958- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1993
C1993
Call number:
N6758 .C45 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_647405

Jaume Plensa, 1

Title:
Jaume Plensa, un
Author:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Edicions T  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
[25] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
Call number:
NB813.P59 A3 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_637237

Jaume Plensa : Dallas?...Caracas? / Curated by/Curaduría de William Jeffett

Author:
Jeffett, William  Search this
Subject:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N7113.P54 J4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_648445

Crown Fountain, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Plensa, Jaume 1955-  Search this
Architect:
Kreuck Sexton Architects  Search this
Engineer:
Halvorsen Kaye SE  Search this
Medium:
Glass towers, video projections, water, and pool
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Fountain
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Chicago Chicago Illinois
Located Millennium Park along Michigan Avenue, between Madison and Monroe Chicago Illinois
Date:
2004
Topic:
Figure--Fragment--Face  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS 71500777
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_384147

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