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Oral history interview with Nicolas Calas, 1977 December 12-1978 January 26

Calas, Nicolas, 1907-1988

Art historian, Poet, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 2 Sound tape reels, 5 in.; 115 Pages, Transcript

Format: Uneven transcription reflects Calas' speech patterns, therefore not on web Originally recorded on 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 26 min. Sound quality is very poor.

Summary: An interview of Nicolas Calas conducted 1977 December 12-1978 January 26, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Nicolas Calas (1907-1988) was an art historian from New York, New York. His books include "Icons and Images of the Sixties," (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1971), "The Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Modern Art," (New York: H.N. Abrams, 1966), and "Surrealism Pro and Con," (New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1973).


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 .


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.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Nicolas Calas, 1977 December 12-1978 January 26. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.