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Oral history interview with Philip Pavia, 1965 Jan. 19

Pavia, Philip, 1915-2005



Collection Information

Size: Sound recording: 1 Sound tape reel, 7 in.; 30 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 26 min. An unrelated interview of Donald Judd (2/3/65) conducted by B. Hooten is also on this tape.

Summary: An interview of Philip Pavia conducted 1965 Jan. 19, by Bruce Hooton, for the Archives of American Art.
Pavia speaks of the group of artists who met nightly at the Waldorf cafeteria during and after the World War II years, including Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and others; refugee artists who joined the group after the war; Dubuffet's influence; the Tenth Street group; the development of The Club; surrealism; the rise of abstract expressionism. He also recalls Robert Motherwell, Reuben Nakian and Stanley William Hayter.

Biographical/Historical Note

Philip Pavia (1915-2005) was a sculptor from New York, N.Y. In 1948, Pavia founded the artists' group, the Club (also known as the Eighth St. Club), acted as treasurer, and organized it's Wednesday and Friday night panel discussions and lectures.


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.

Language Note

English .

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Philip Pavia, 1965 Jan. 19. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.