Karl E. Fortess taped interviews with artists, [1963-1985]

Fortess, Karl E. (Karl Eugene), b. 1907 d. 1993
Painter, Printmaker
Active in Woodstock, N.Y.

Collection size: 268 interviews recorded on 205 audio cassettes.

Collection Summary: Untranscribed taped interviews, 30 to 60 minutes in length, of painters, sculptors, and printmakers. The interviews were conducted and recorded by Fortess of the School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston University, in part, under a contract with the Office of Education, U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare. Fortess' Final Report on the project, June 1968, summarizes the objective was "to develop a library of taped interviews with contemporary American painters, sculptors, and graphic artists, such interviews to be concerned with questions of technical, professional and personal interest."

Among the interviewees are Kenneth Armitage, Will Barnet, Romare Bearden, George Biddle, James Brooks, Adolph Dehn, Jane Freilicher, Julian Levi, Alice Neel, Larry Rivers, Moses Soyer, Dorothy Varian, and many others.

Biographical/Historical Note: Fortess was a painter and printmaker, b. 1907 in Belgium. [Fortess died in 1993.]

Donated 1978-1985 by Karl Fortess.

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