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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

James Edward Kelly papers

Creator:
Kelly, James Edward, 1855-1933  Search this
Names:
Harper's Magazine  Search this
National Academy of Design (U.S.)  Search this
Scribner's magazine  Search this
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945  Search this
Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931  Search this
Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910  Search this
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865  Search this
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849  Search this
Ryder, Albert Pinkham, 1847-1917  Search this
Ryder, George Hope  Search this
Sarony, Napoleon, 1821-1896  Search this
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900  Search this
Worden, John Lorimer, 1818-1897  Search this
Extent:
1.4 Linear feet ((on 2 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
New York (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
Date:
1880-1957
Scope and Contents:
Business correspondence; correspondence between Robert Bruce and George Hope Ryder (Kelly's patron) concerning Ryder's collection of sculpture by Kelly; a bound typescript of Kelly's memoirs with descriptions of New York City from the Civil War period to the 1930s and impressions of HARPER'S and SCRIBNER'S magazines, the National Academy of Design, Theodore Dreiser, Thomas A. Edison, Winslow Homer. Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allen Poe, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Napoleon Sarony, Oscar Wilde, Admiral John L. Worden and others; and photos and reproductions of works of art. Also found are an inventory of George H. Ryder's art and furniture collection; and lists of pictures and bronzes of Ryder.
Biographical / Historical:
Sculptor, illustrator and painter; New York City. Kelly's primary work were Civil War monuments.
Provenance:
The donor, Mary C. Liberatore, is the niece of Leonard Clayton, who established a gallery in New York City in the 1920s. This collection was possibly organized by George Hope Ryder, Kelly's patron, acquired by the Gallery and then donated to the Archives.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Occupation:
Engravers  Search this
Illustrators  Search this
Painters  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.kelljame
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kelljame

Alone / [Alexis Smith]

Book artist:
Smith, Alexis 1949-  Search this
Author:
Adaptation of (work) : Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849 Alone  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries Artists' Books DSI  Search this
Physical description:
36 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 80 mm
Type:
Specimens
Artists' books
Artists' books (books).)
Pamphlet bindings
Staple bindings
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Date:
1977
20th century
1970-1979
Topic:
Miniature books  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
Call number:
N40.1 .S64327 A46 1977
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1076000

The American spirit in literature a chronicle of great interpreters by Bliss Perry

Author:
Perry, Bliss 1860-1954  Search this
Subject:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Whitman, Walt 1819-1892 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
x, 281 pages front., portraits 21 cm
Type:
Books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Place:
USA
Date:
1918
Topic:
American literature--History and criticism  Search this
Littérature américaine  Search this
American literature  Search this
Literatur  Search this
Littérature américaine--Histoire  Search this
Call number:
PS507 .P46 1918
PS507.P46 1918
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_285983

The conchologist's first book, or, A system of testaceous malacology, arranged expressly for the use of schools : in which the animals, according to Cuvier, are given with the shells, a great number of new species added, and the whole brought up, as accurately as possible, to the present condition of the science / by Edgar A. Poe ; with illustrations of two hundred and fifteen shells, presenting a correct type of each genus

Title:
Conchologist's first book
System of testaceous malacology
Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Brown, Thomas 1785-1862 Conchologist's text-book  Search this
Lithographer:
Duval, Peter S. 1804 or 1805-1886  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Former owner:
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Brainerd, George B. DSI  Search this
Gill, Theodore 1837-1914 DSI  Search this
Dall, William Healey 1845-1927 DSI  Search this
Possible former owner:
Noyes, Daniel P. DSI  Search this
Physical description:
156 pages, 12 leaves of plates : illustrations (lithographs) ; 18 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1839
Topic:
Mollusks  Search this
Call number:
QL405 .P74X 1839
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_925097

The conchologist's text-book : embracing the arrangements of Lamarck and Linnaeus, with a glossary of technical terms / by Captain Thomas Brown ; illustrated by nineteen engravings on steel

Author:
Brown, Thomas 1785-1862  Search this
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849 Conchologist's first book  Search this
Engraver:
Scott, Robert 1777-1841  Search this
Former owner:
Dall, William Healey 1845-1927 DSI  Search this
Berry, S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) 1887-1984 DSI  Search this
Elliott, J. S. DSI  Search this
Williams' Library (Cheltenham, England) DSI  Search this
Donor:
Roper, Clyde F. E. 1937- DSI  Search this
Physical description:
x, [1], 12-180 p., XIX leaves of plates : ill. (steel engravings) ; 18 cm
Type:
Identification
Date:
1833
Topic:
Mollusks  Search this
Shells  Search this
Call number:
QL403 .B882 1833
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_352267

The conchologist's first book, or, A system of testaceous malachology, arranged expressly for the use of schools : in which the animals, according to Cuvier, are given with the shells, and a great number of new species added : with colored illustrations of two hundred and fifteen shells, presenting a correct type of each genus

Title:
Conchologist's first book
System of testaceous malachology
Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Brown, Thomas 1785-1862 Conchologist's text-book  Search this
Lithographer:
Duval, Peter S. 1804 or 1805-1886  Search this
Former owner:
Henderson, J. B (John Brooks) 1870-1923 DSI  Search this
Dall, William Healey 1845-1927 DSI  Search this
Physical description:
166 p., 12 leaves of plates : ill. (lithographs) ; 20 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1845
Topic:
Mollusks  Search this
Call number:
QL405 .P74X 1845
QL405.P74X 1845
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_335280

The conchologist's first book : a system of testaceous malacology, arranged expressly for the use of schools, in which the animals, according to Cuvier, are given with the shells : a great number of new species added : and the whole brought up, as accurately as possible, to the present condition of the science / by Edgar A. Poe

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Author:
Brown, Thomas 1785-1862 Conchologist's textbook  Search this
Lithographer:
Duval, Peter S. 1804 or 1805-1886  Search this
Former owner:
Dall, William Healey 1845-1927 DSI  Search this
Call, Richard Ellsworth 1856-1917 DSI  Search this
Henderson, J. B (John Brooks) 1870-1923 DSI  Search this
Publisher:
Haswell, Barrington, and Haswell  Search this
Printer:
Haswell, Barrington, and Haswell  Search this
Physical description:
166 pages, 12 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Date:
1840
Topic:
Mollusks  Search this
Call number:
QL405 .P74 1840
QL405.P75X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_240407

Poe, Edgar Allan: Poe for Moderns [sound recording}

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Local number:
RCA Victor 2208
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only; No Duplication
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_350344

Graham's illustrated magazine of literature, romance, art, and fashion

Ed:
Graham, George R.  Search this
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Physical description:
53 v. : illus. (part col.) maps (part fold.) ports. ; 25-27 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1826
1858
1826-1858
Topic:
Literature  Search this
Call number:
AP2.G74
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_120412

The pit and the pendulum [sound recording] / Edgar Allen Poe

Title:
David Kurlan reads The pit and the pendulum
Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Narrator:
Kurlan, David  Search this
Cover designer:
Clyne, Ronald 1925-2006  Search this
Physical description:
1 phonograph record : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
Type:
Phonograph records
Instructional materials
Date:
1967
Topic:
Oral interpretation of fiction  Search this
Prose literature  Search this
Local number:
FW09705
Folkways 9705
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_233015
Online Media:

Poetry [sound recording]

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Artist:
Kurlan, David  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2379
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_319581

Poetry [sound recording]

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Artist:
Kurlan, David  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2380
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_319582

Poetry [sound recording]

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Artist:
Kurlan, David  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2381
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_319583

Poetry [sound recording]

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Artist:
Kurlan, David  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2382
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_319584

Poetry [sound recording]

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Artist:
Kurlan, David  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2383
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection, 1939-1986 228428
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_319585

Pit and the Pendulum [sound recording]

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2419
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_319621

Pit and the Pendulum [sound recording]

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2420
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_319622

Pit and the Pendulum [sound recording]

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2421
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_319623

Pit and the Pendulum [sound recording]

Author:
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound-tape reel : analog ; 7 in
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Topic:
Spoken word  Search this
Literature  Search this
Local number:
FW-ASCH-7RR-2422
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_319624

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