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Oral history interview with Richard Solomon, 2015 October 25- 29

Oral history interview with Richard Solomon, 2015 October 25- 29

Solomon, Richard, 1934-


Collection Information

Size: Sound recording, master: 4 sound files (4 hrs., 27 min.) digital, wav

Summary: An interview of Richard (Dick) Solomon, conducted 26 and 29 October 2015, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art.

Solomon speaks of new developments in collecting practices in the art world; the relative cachet of prints versus other media; how he became a collector; studying business at Harvard Business School; his entry into the print business; how he became involved at Pace Prints; buying the List Art Poster business; art fairs as the new paradigm for selling art; the relative appeal of print fairs; how different types of reproductions are marketed and sold; serving on the acquisitions board at the Whitney Museum; changes in the print and art market due to new technologies, including the internet; and his advice to young art industry aspirants. Solomon also recalls Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Sol Lewitt, Agnes Martin, Arnold Glimcher, Robert Mangold, Louise Nevelson, Shepard Fairey, Lucas Samaras, Jacob Lewis, Ernie Trova, Aldo Crommelynck, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard (Dick) Solomon (1934- ) is a print publisher and dealer in New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator 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 administrators.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Richard Solomon, 2015 October 25- 29. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.