Oral history interview with John Canaday, 1971 August 17-24

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

Size: Transcript: 47 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav file. Duration is 2 hr., 29 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of John Edwin Canaday conducted 1971 August 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, New York.

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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