Oral history interview with John Canaday, 1971 Aug. 17-24

Canaday, John Edwin , b. 1907 d. 1985
Art critic
Active in New York, N.Y.

Size: Sound recording: 1 sound tape reel ; 5 in.
Transcript: 47 p.

Collection Summary: An interview of John Edwin Canaday conducted 1971 Aug. 17-24, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.

Canaday reminisces about his childhood in Kansas and Texas; his family; studying at the University of Texas, at Yale and in Paris; and teaching at Hollins, the University of Virginia, and Tulane. He speaks of his travels, his military experiences, writing mystery novels under a pseudonym, and working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and as the art critic for THE NEW YORK TIMES. He comments on the problems of a critic, his influence, the art section of the TIMES, and his other publications. He recalls Fiske Kimball.

Biographical/Historical Note: John Canaday (1907-1985) was an art critic from New York, N.Y.

These interviews are 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 of artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.

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Interview Transcript

This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with John Canaday, 1971 Aug. 17-24, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Note: This typewritten transcript was scanned and run through optical character recognition software (OCR). However, the resulting OCR text has not been reviewed or edited for accuracy.



This transcript is in the public domain and may be used without permission. Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with John Canaday, 1971 Aug. 17-24, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.