Oral history interview with Roland Balay, 1981 November 19-December 7

Balay, Roland , b. 1902 d. 2004
Active in New York, N.Y.

Size: Transcript: 24 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 28 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Roland Balay conducted 1981 November 19-December 7, by Nancy C. Little, for the Archives of American Art.

Balay speaks of his grandfather's founding of M. Knoedler and Company, the gallery's history, his dealings with artists exhibited by the gallery, and his opinions of various collectors.

Biographical/Historical Note: Roland Balay (1902-2004) was art dealer 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 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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