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Oral history interview with Louise Nevelson, 1964 June-1965 Jan. 14 and undated

Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988



Collection Information

Size: 61 Pages, Partial transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 5 sound tape reels and 1 cassette. Reels reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr. 41 min. Sound quality is poor.

Summary: Interview of Louise Nevelson, conducted by Dorothy Gees Seckler for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, June 1964 - 1966 and undated.
Nevelson speaks of how she first became interested in art; working under the WPA; The Club; the "Art News Group"; European artists' migration to New York; new concepts in art; questions of public acceptance of new art forms and changing standards; how she developed her box sculptures; her use of odd forms, spaces, and abstractions; her influences, including De Chirico; exhibiting at Nierendorf, Norlyst Martha Jackson, and Cordier galleries, among others; and her own collection of art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y.


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.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript is available on the Archive of American Art's website.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Louise Nevelson, 1964 June-1965 Jan. 14 and undated. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.