[State of the arts videotape collection] [videorecordings] / Lawrence P. Fraiberg Productions; executive producers, Lawrence P. Fraiberg and Ted Cavanau; field producer, Rick Derman; interviewer, Barry Nolan, 1979

Fraiberg, Lawrence P.

Collection size: 30 videocassettes (U-matic) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
2.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: Outtake and master copy videotapes. Included are episodes on sound sculptor Liz Phillips; video artist Nam June Paik; sculptor George Segal; New Museum director Marcia Tucker; Ivan Karp of the OK Harris Gallery in New York City, and photographers Rick Derman, Cosmo Campoli, and Tom Drysdale who exhibited there; and a debate on modern art between Dr. Martin Abend and Professor Peter Fingesten at the Museum of Modern Art, 1979.

The interviews of Liz Phillips and Nam June Paik relate to the program's commission of a Paik video synthesis of a video of dancer Robert Kovich dancing in Phillips' sculpture. In addition to the interview videos, the collection includes the completed Paik synthesis video. The George Segal series (7, circa 20 min. tapes) shows Segal in his New Jersey studio, discussing his work in body casting and the development of his art, and his exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1979. Marcia Tucker (4, circa 20 min. tapes), at the New Museum, discusses various works on exhibit, circa 1978, Ivan Karp, circa 1978, discusses his work running a gallery, the art market, art collectors, and trends in painting.

Karp's interview was part of a series "The Economics of Art" [from label], which also interviewed artists showing at the OK Harris Gallery, Rick Derman, Cosmas, and Tom Drysdale, and shows a studio for rent in the Tribeca section of New York (3 tapes, circa 20 min. each). The Fingesten and Abend debate at the Museum of Modern Art, Sept. 1979 (2, circa 20 min. tapes), show them debating modern art while looking at paintings and sculpture.

Biographical/Historical Note: State of the Arts was planned as a magazine television program. The pilots were produced by Lawrence P. Fraiberg Productions with funding provided jointly by IBM and NEA. The program never aired.

Donated 1979-1980 by Lawrence P. Fraiberg.

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