Oral history interview with Martha Jackson, 1969 May 23

Jackson, Martha Kellogg , b. 1907 d. 1969

Size: (82 p. transcript on 1 microfilm reel).

Collection Summary: An interview of Martha Jackson conducted by Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art. Jackson speaks of becoming interested in art while living in Baltimore; buying her first painting, a gouache by Marc Chagall; moving to New York City and getting active in collecting art;

going to Hans Hofmann's school; opening her gallery in New York in 1953; art as an investment; early shows at her gallery; struggling financially; books and film and their relationship to art; politics and art and their relationship; the psychology of art buying and collecting; the European art market for American art; and her goals for her gallery.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art dealer (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.

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  • Transcript: microfilm reel 4210 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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