Oral history interview with Dean Fleming, 2013 August 7-8

Fleming, Dean , b. 1933
Painter, Gallery owner
Active in New York, N.Y.; Malibu, Calif.; Libre, Colo.

Size: 6 sound files (4 hr., 57 min.): digital, wav
Transcript: 74 pages.

Format: Originally recorded as 6 sound files. Duration is 4 hr., 57 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Dean Fleming conducted 2013 August 7-8, by Elissa Auther, for the Archives of American Art's, Stoddard-Fleischman Fund for the History of Rocky Mountain Area Artists, at Libre artist commune, Libre, Colo. Fleming speaks of his personal history and education; development of drawing style; world travels; living as a part of Drop City in New Mexico, later starting his own community in Libre comprised of geodesic domes; Teaching at various institutions including Carnegie Tech and the San Francisco Art Institute; iterations of the Park Place Gallery; his experiences in the Korean War; life and experiences with the Native American communities of the Southwest. Fleming also recalls Mark di Suvero, Chuck Denefer, Leo Valledor, Peter Forakis, wife Linda Fleming, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note: Dean Fleming (1933- ) is a painter in Libre, Colorado. Elissa Auther (1966- ) is an associate professor of contemporary art in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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.

Funding for this interview was provided by Stoddard-Fleischman Fund for the History of Rocky Mountain Area Artists.

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