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Oral history interview with Martha Jackson, 1969 May 23

Jackson, Martha Kellogg, 1907-1969

Gallery owner


Collection Information

Size: 82 Pages Transcript

Summary: An interview of Martha Jackson conducted 1969 May 23, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Jackson speaks of becoming interested in art while living in Baltimore; buying her first painting, a gouache by Marc Chagall; moving to New York City and getting active in collecting art; going to Hans Hofmann's school; opening her gallery in New York in 1953; art as an investment; early shows at her gallery; struggling financially; books and film and their relationship to art; politics and art and their relationship; the psychology of art buying and collecting; the European art market for American art; and her goals for her gallery.

Biographical/Historical Note

Martha Kellogg Jackson (1907-1969) was an art dealer in New York, New York.


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.

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 4210 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Item is a transcript.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Martha Jackson, 1969 May 23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.