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Oral history interview with Herbert Palmer, 2004 Dec. 6-22

Interviewee:
Palmer, Herbert Bearl, 1915-2006  Search this
Palmer, Herbert Bearl, 1915-2006  Search this
Interviewer:
Ehrlich, Susan, 1942-  Search this
Subject:
Offner, Richard  Search this
Reiss, Winold  Search this
Feigen, Richard L.  Search this
Cézanne, Paul  Search this
Shapiro, Meyer  Search this
Garabedian, Charles  Search this
Ankrum, Joan  Search this
Tudor, David  Search this
Stevenson, Harold  Search this
Onslow-Ford, Gordon  Search this
Paalen, Wolfgang  Search this
Mullican, Lee  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Bluhm, Norman  Search this
Grooms, Red  Search this
Maillol, Aristide  Search this
Vasa  Search this
Bloch, Lucienne  Search this
Wölfflin, Heinrich  Search this
Reiss, Henrietta  Search this
Riley, Bridget  Search this
New York University  Search this
David Stuart Galleries  Search this
Ankrum Gallery  Search this
Felix Landau Gallery  Search this
Feigen Palmer Gallery  Search this
Irving Blum Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art thefts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11749
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)250508
AAA_collcode_palmer04
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_250508
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Herbert Palmer

Interviewee:
Palmer, Herbert Bearl, 1915-2006  Search this
Interviewer:
Ehrlich, Susan, 1942-  Search this
Names:
Ankrum Gallery  Search this
David Stuart Galleries  Search this
Feigen Palmer Gallery  Search this
Felix Landau Gallery  Search this
Irving Blum Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.)  Search this
New York University -- Students  Search this
Ankrum, Joan  Search this
Bloch, Lucienne, 1909-1999  Search this
Bluhm, Norman, 1921-1999  Search this
Callahan, Harry M.  Search this
Cézanne, Paul, 1839-1906  Search this
Feigen, Richard L., 1930-  Search this
Garabedian, Charles  Search this
Grooms, Red  Search this
Maillol, Aristide, 1861-1944  Search this
Mullican, Lee, 1919-1998  Search this
Offner, Richard, 1889-1965  Search this
Onslow-Ford, Gordon  Search this
Paalen, Wolfgang, 1907-  Search this
Reiss, Henrietta  Search this
Reiss, Winold, 1886-1953  Search this
Riley, Bridget, 1931-  Search this
Shapiro, Meyer  Search this
Stevenson, Harold, 1929-2018  Search this
Tudor, David, 1926-1996  Search this
Vasa  Search this
Wölfflin, Heinrich, 1864-1945  Search this
Extent:
56 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2004 Dec. 6-22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Herbert Palmer conducted 2004 Dec. 6 and 22, by Susan Ehrlich, for the Archives of American Art, in West Hollywood, Calif.
Palmer discusses his family background and childhood in New York City; early exposure to art exhibitions; music appreciation; attending New York University; taking classes with Winhold Reiss, Meyer Shapiro, Richard Offner, and Heinrich Wolfflin; his master's thesis on Paul Cezanne's paintings of Mount Saint Victoire; moving to California; learning to fly; meeting Lillian, his wife; founding Feigen-Palmer Gallery with Richard Feigen; other galleries in the area, including Irving Blum, David Stuart, Felix Landau, Charles Garabedian, and Joan Ankrum; Monday Night Art Walks; John Cage and David Tudor performance pieces; the many artists he's exhibited; Andy Warhol's "The Kiss"; 1968 split with Richard Feigen to become the Herbert Palmer Gallery; the theft of a Picasso sculpture in Dec. 1981 and the ensuing legal case, which involved numerous galleries and collectors; his longstanding friendships with Gordon Onslow Ford, Lee Mullican, and Wolfgang Paalen; membership to the Art Dealers Association of California; and his enjoyment of discovering art, old and new. Palmer also recalls Henriette Riess, Harold Stevenson, Lucienne Bloch, Bridget Riley, Vasa Mihich, Maillol, Red Grooms, Norman Bluhm, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Herbert Palmer (1915-2006) owned the Herbert Palmer Gallery of West Hollywood, Calif. Interviewer Susan Ehrlich is an art historian from Beverly Hills, Calif.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 mini discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 15 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 35 min.
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:
Use requires an appointment.
Occupation:
Gallery owners -- California  Search this
Topic:
Art thefts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.palmer04
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-palmer04

Palms

Designer:
Winold Reiss, American, b. Germany, 1886–1953  Search this
Manufacturer:
Robinson & Barber  Search this
Medium:
Screen-printed paper
Dimensions:
97.5 x 77.5 cm (38 3/8 x 30 1/2 in.)
Type:
Wallcoverings
Sidewall
Object Name:
Sidewall
Made in:
USA
Date:
1947
Credit Line:
Gift of Robinson and Barber
Accession Number:
1947-80-8
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Wallcoverings Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq46e9f436d-e705-4aae-9892-4e534d352213
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1947-80-8

Abstract Cityscape

Designer:
Winold Reiss, American, b. Germany, 1886–1953  Search this
Medium:
Graphite, orange crayon on wove paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 14 × 21.5 cm (5 1/2 × 8 7/16 in.)
Type:
mural designs
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
USA
Date:
1929–30
Credit Line:
Gift of Anonymous Donor
Accession Number:
1992-127-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq42e6db06f-881d-4892-b937-bf2f3136353f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1992-127-1
Online Media:

Four Figures with Sun

Artist:
Winold Reiss, American, b. Germany, 1886–1953  Search this
Medium:
Graphite on cream wove paper
Dimensions:
14.5 x 22.9cm (5 11/16 x 9in.)
Type:
mural designs
Drawing
Object Name:
Drawing
Made in:
USA
Date:
ca. 1925
Credit Line:
Gift of Anonymous Donor
Accession Number:
1992-128-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4092de770-4cb6-46f2-82be-229e9c5a5b5c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1992-128-1

Henry Poor, Marion Dorn, Morris Crawford's son, Winold Reiss, unknown woman, and Ruth Reeves

Subject:
Poor, Henry Varnum  Search this
Reeves, Ruth  Search this
Reiss, Winold  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Place:
New City, New York
Date:
ca. 1919
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9435
See more items in:
Ruth Reeves Papers, circa 1880-1967
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_9435
Online Media:

Konrad Cramer and Winold Reiss

Subject:
Cramer, Konrad  Search this
Reiss, Winold  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1915?
Topic:
Artists in groups  Search this
Painters  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7876
See more items in:
Konrad and Florence Ballin Cramer papers, 1897-1968
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_7876
Online Media:

The Aqueduct

Artist:
Winold Reiss, born Karlsruhe, Germany 1886-died New York City 1953  Search this
Medium:
linoleum cut on paper
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Topic:
Architecture\classical\aqueduct  Search this
Object number:
1982.95.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk78d400fba-731f-4a51-8f51-afd94758ce92
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1982.95.2

African Phantasy: Awakening

Artist:
Winold Reiss, born Karlsruhe, Germany 1886-died New York City 1953  Search this
Medium:
ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 19 3/4 x 14 7/8 in. (50.3 x 37.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1925
Topic:
Figure group  Search this
Ethnic\African-American  Search this
Landscape\celestial\sun  Search this
State of being\other\sleep  Search this
Ethnic\African  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
Object number:
1989.3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk784d41edf-bbbf-413b-8c9e-4ff35a86ffa6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1989.3

Sign Talkers

Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Short Face, 1870 - 1952  Search this
White Dog, 1860 - ?  Search this
Medium:
Gouache and pastel on Whatman board
Dimensions:
Sight: 133.2 × 76.4 cm (52 7/16 × 30 1/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
early 20th-mid 20th century
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Ring  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Feather  Search this
Short Face: Male  Search this
White Dog: Male  Search this
White Dog: Native American\Warrior  Search this
White Dog: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer\Indian  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Whitney Western Art Museum
Object number:
11.71 BBHC
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4993d7495-27a0-4a71-94e4-648808051afe
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_11.71_BBHC

Sign Talkers

Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Group  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas mural
Dimensions:
208.3 × 367 cm (82 × 144 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
early 20th-mid 20th century
Topic:
Exterior  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Feather  Search this
Nature & Environment\Plant\Grass  Search this
Mural  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Whitney Western Art Museum
Object number:
12.71 BBHC
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4f54319b3-86fe-4f7e-9698-0c0bf3e3723c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_12.71_BBHC

Sign Talkers-Father and Son

Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Gets Wood at Night  Search this
Blue Horse Rider  Search this
Medium:
Watercolor and pastel on paper
Dimensions:
Sight: 97.5 × 64.5 cm (38 3/8 × 25 3/8")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
early 20th-mid 20th century
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace  Search this
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Feather  Search this
Gets Wood at Night: Male  Search this
Blue Horse Rider: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Whitney Western Art Museum
Object number:
3.72 BBHC
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm40fa5f6e9-3539-438d-9b92-9b746b0a3eb1
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_3.72_BBHC

Calling First

Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Calling First  Search this
Dimensions:
Frame: 106 × 73.3 cm (41 3/4 × 28 7/8")
Type:
Painting
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Drum  Search this
Costume\Robe  Search this
Calling First: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private Collection
Object number:
439-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4822bf81a-f0c2-4da1-868f-e0c0509c3917
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_439-1

Brave and Woman Signtalking

Alternate Title:
Brave and Squaw Signtalking
Man and Woman, Sign Talking
Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Woman  Search this
Unidentified Man  Search this
Medium:
Gouache and pastel on Whatman board
Dimensions:
Sight: 74.6 × 53.8 cm (29 3/8 × 21 3/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1929
Topic:
Interior  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Bracelet  Search this
Unidentified Man: Male  Search this
Unidentified Woman: Female  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Whitney Western Art Museum
Object number:
9.71 BBHC
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4dedb927f-3d3a-4747-9bc8-26cad150887b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_9.71_BBHC

Bear Medicine

Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Bear Medicine  Search this
Medium:
Pastel
Dimensions:
134.6 × 76.2cm (53 × 30")
Type:
Painting
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Feather  Search this
Human Figures\American Indian  Search this
Bear Medicine: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Anschutz Collection
Object number:
CO990029
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4e5588fce-839f-46d2-9f5a-4c64efc9b05c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_CO990029

Harlem: Reverend Brown

Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Reverend Brown  Search this
Medium:
Pastel and conte crayons
Dimensions:
76.2 × 55.9cm (30 × 22")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1910-1955
Topic:
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Reverend Brown: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Shepherd Gallery
Object number:
DLR02205
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm495f7baf3-ae85-4515-9295-7c3ae9149fb3
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_DLR02205

Bruised Head

Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Bruised Head, 1830 - 1930  Search this
Medium:
Mixed media
Dimensions:
99.1 × 66 cm (39 × 26")
Type:
Mixed Media
Date:
c. 1920
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Headdress  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace  Search this
Bruised Head: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: [UNLOCATED]
Object number:
DLR02214
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4299caf26-e4a0-4bb0-8ba3-ec79076a5cea
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_DLR02214

[?] Calf / Blackfeet Indian

Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Unidentified Native American Sitter  Search this
Medium:
Pastel on unknown support
Dimensions:
91.4 × 73.7 cm (36 × 29")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1945
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Feather  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Unknown Owner
Object number:
DLR02288
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm4d9d382b1-9153-4277-a45b-15393a3cd944
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_DLR02288

Bear Head

Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Bear Head  Search this
Medium:
Pastel
Dimensions:
132.1 × 76.2cm (52 × 30")
Type:
Painting
Topic:
Human Figures\American Indian  Search this
Bear Head: Male  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Object number:
NY990761
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm47ad26c5e-9f29-4f21-8780-c8af1d03d68b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY990761

Bird Rattler-Blackfeet

Artist:
Winold Reiss, 16 Sep 1886 - 29 Aug 1953  Search this
Sitter:
Bird Rattler, born early 20th century  Search this
Medium:
Pastel
Dimensions:
Frame: 80.5 × 59.7cm (31 11/16 × 23 1/2")
Sight: 74.6 × 54cm (29 3/8 × 21 1/4")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
early 20th-mid 20th century
Topic:
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private Collection
Object number:
NY990773
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm41ae99802-f10d-4038-94d4-a499e4273340
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NY990773

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