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Oral history interview with Herman Cherry, 1989 May 8-1992 March 19

Oral history interview with Herman Cherry, 1989 May 8-1992 March 19

Cherry, Herman, 1909-1992

Muralist, Painter, Poet

Collection Information

Size: Transcript: 154 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 47 min.

Summary: An interview of Herman Cherry conducted 1989 May 8-1992 March 19, by Judd Tully for the Archives of American Art. Cherry discusses his childhood; studies in California and New York; involvement with The Club, and his friendships with various artists including Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Thomas Hart Benton, Philip Guston, Fletcher Martin, Reuben Kadish, Lorser Feitelson, David Smith, Willem de Kooning and Clyfford Still.

Biographical/Historical Note

Herman Cherry (1909-1992) was a painter from New York, New York.

Provenance

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. Funding for this interview was provided by the Lannan Foundation.

Funding

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.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Herman Cherry, 1989 May 8-1992 March 19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.