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Oral history interview with Marc Moldawer, Kathryn Swenson, and Robert Wilson, 1984 Aug. 15

Oral history interview with Marc Moldawer, Kathryn Swenson, and Robert Wilson, 1984 Aug. 15

Moldawer, Marc, 1922-2007

Painter, Physician, Dealer

Collection Information

Size: Transcript: 62 p.

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 38 min.

Summary: An interview of Marc Moldawer, Kathryn Swenson, and Robert Wilson conducted 1984 Aug. 15, by Sandra Curtis Levy, for the Archives of American Art.

Moldawer, Swenson, and Wilson speak of the art scene in Houston in the 1950s and how each came to be involved in it; the development of the New Arts Gallery; artists whose work was shown in the early days of the gallery; problems in collecting; the closing of the New Arts Gallery; the relationship between art and architecture; Houston as an arts community; ethnic exhibits; definitions of art. They recall Jermayne MacAgy, Forrest Bess, and Dominique de Menil.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marc Moldawer (1922-2007), Kathry Swennson, and Robert Wilson are art dealers from Houston, Tex.

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 others.

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.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Marc Moldawer, Kathryn Swenson, and Robert Wilson, 1984 Aug. 15. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.