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Oral history interview with Paul Suttman, 1972 October 23

Suttman, Paul, 1933-1993



Collection Information

Size: 55 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 55 min.

Summary: An interview of Paul Suttman conducted 1972 October 23, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Suttman speaks of his birthplace, Oklahoma; of living in New Mexico as a teenager; of his love of reading; his skill in drawing and making objects in his youth; rebuilding cars for drag races; of University of New Mexico; of a sculpture exhibition at Museum of Modern Art, N.Y. which showed him the possiblities of the medium; welding, sculpture, and other courses at the University; of being an architectural draftsman; Cranbrook and first cast bronzes; teaching position at University of Michigan; his year in Italy; work with Giacomo Manzu; return to Florence; American Academy at Rome; life and studio in Rome; methods of work; on aesthetics; and his art collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

Paul Suttman (1933-1993) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y.


This interview is part of the Archives' 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

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Paul Suttman, 1972 October 23. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.