Oral history interview with Shirley Jaffe, 2010 Aug. 27-28

Jaffe, Shirley , b. 1923
Painter, Sculptor
Active in Paris, France

Size: Sound recording, master: 1 compact disc, 3 WMA files (4 hr., 28 min.) digital; 2 5/8 in.
Transcript: 101 p.

Collection Summary: An interview of Shirley Jaffe conducted 2010 Aug. 27 and 28, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art's Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts project, at Jaffe's studio, in Paris, France.

Jaffe speaks about her family background; growing up in New Jersey during the Depression; moving to Brooklyn and attending the Abraham Lincoln High School; visiting the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Non-Objective Art (now the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ) as a teen; attending Cooper Union in the mid-1940s; marrying Irving Jaffe in 1949 and moving to Washington, D.C.; visiting the Phillips Collection; moving to Chaville, France, in October 1949; adjusting to life in France; moving between New York and France; living in Paris; American artists in Paris; Gallery Eight in Paris; use of white in her paintings; her painting process and use of cellophane; French art dealers. She recalls Michael Goldberg, Joan Mitchell, Beauford Delaney, Sam Francis, Biala, Hermine Tworkov Ford, Edwin Dickinson, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note: Shirley Jaffe (1923-) is an abstract painter and sculptor in Paris, France. Avis Berman (1949-) is a scholar in 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 administrators.

This interview is part of the Elizabeth Murray Oral History of Women in the Visual Arts Project, funded by a grant from the A G Foundation.

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