Oral history interview with Kenneth L. Showell, 1972 August 17

Showell, Kenneth L. , b. 1939 d. 1997
Active in New York, N.Y.

Size: Transcript: 96 pages.

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformated in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr.

Collection Summary: An interview of Kenneth L. Showell conducted 1972 August 17, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.

Showell speaks of his family background and education in the Midwest; attending Kansas City Art Institute, and his education there; graduate studies at Indiana University; changes in techniques; the influence of abstract expressionism; teaching at Indiana University; moving to New York; the development of his grid and folded canvas paintings; his drawings and prints; color; illusion in painting.

Biographical/Historical Note: Kenneth L. Showell (1939-1997) was a painter from New York, N.Y.

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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