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Oral history interview with Sidney Janis, 1981 Oct. 15-Nov. 18

Oral history interview with Sidney Janis, 1981 Oct. 15-Nov. 18

Janis, Sidney, 1896-1989

Gallery owner

Collection Information

Size: 3 sound cassettes : analog.

Transcript: 32 pages

Summary: Interview of Sidney Janis, conducted on October 15 and November 18, 1981, by Avis Berman, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project, at Janis' gallery, in New York, N.Y. Janis speaks of Mark Rothko life, including those who he was friends with, such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ersnt, Willem de Kooning, and Andre Breton. He recalls Rothko's work ethic and his decent into depression later in life.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sidney Janis (1896-1989) was an art dealer from New York, N.Y. Operated the Sidney Janis Gallery.

Provenance

This interview was conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and his Times oral history project, with funding provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation. Others interviewed on the project (by various interviewers) include: Sonia Allen, Sally Avery, Ben-Zion, Bernard Braddon, Ernest Briggs, Rhys Caparn, Elaine de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Esther Gottlieb, Juliette Hays, Buffie Johnson, Jacob Kainen, Louis Kaufman, Jack Kufeld, Katharine Kuh, Stanley Kunitz, Joseph Liss, Dorothy Miller, Betty Parsons, Wallace Putnam, Rebecca Reis, Maurice Roth, Sidney Schectman, Aaron Siskind, Joseph Solman, Hedda Sterne, Jack Tworkov, Esteban Vicente and Ed Weinstein. Each has been cataloged separately.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Sidney Janis, 1981 Oct. 15-Nov. 18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.