Oral history interview with James Newman, 1974 May 13

Newman, James , b. 1933
Dealer, Musician
Active in San Francisco, Calif.

Size: Transcript: 47 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 48 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of James Newman conducted 1974 May 13, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art. Newman speaks of his initial interest in art at Stanford University; meeting Walter Hopps and opening his first gallery with him in the 1950s; the history of the Dilexi Gallery in San Francisco; and his philosophy of collecting. He recalls Robert Craig Kauffman, William T. Wiley, and Jeremy Anderson.

Biographical/Historical Note: James Newman (1933- ) is an art dealer from San Francisco, Calif.

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 others.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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Related Materials

Also in the Archives of American Art are the records of the Dilexi Gallery, 1957-1971, founded and directed by James Newman.