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Oral history interview with Thurston and Sharon Twigg-Smith, 2013 April 21 - May 25

Twigg-Smith, Thurston, 1921-

Collector, Publisher, Philanthropist

Overview

Collection Information

Size: 6 sound files (3 hr., 37 min.) digital, wav

Transcript: 86 pages.

Format: Originally recorded as 6 sound files. Duration is 3 hr.; 37 min.

Summary: An interview with Thurston and Sharon Twigg-Smith conducted 2013 April 21-May 25, by Marcia Morse, for the Archives of American Art at the Twigg-Smith's home in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Interview of Thurston and Sharon Twigg-Smith, conducted by Marcia Morse for the Archives of American Art in their home.

Mr. and Mrs. Twigg-Smith speak of the Hawaiian Eye; Contempo; Yale Art Gallery; how they began collecting; stamp collecting; moving; the Spalding House; family; the Advertiser; World War II; art in Hawaii; Frank Stella, Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud; Pergussa Three; Georgia O'Keeffe; donating works; buying back works; Honolulu Museum of Art; prints; local art; Twin Farms; Serious Fun; Bay Area artists; changes in the art world, fundraising; the IRS, taxes; donating art; artists in the family; making art; family interest in art; Giclee prints; the pink house; collecting and connecting; Persimmon Puzzles; bidding on works; relationships with dealers; Ed Ruscha; Cy Twombly; Artists of Hawaii; docent work; collecting; John Singer Sargent; and Andrew Rose Gallery. The Twigg-Smiths also recall Laila Roster, Graham Salisbury, Carol Salisbury, Pat Gottfried, Jack Newton, Jacques Reynolds, Sherry Pierce, and Eli Broad.

Biographical/Historical Note

Thurston Twigg-Smith (1921- ) is a retired newspaper publisher, philanthropist, and art collector in Honolulu, Hawaii. His wife, Sharon Twigg-Smith (1944- ) is an artist, curator, and art collector in Honolulu, Hawaii. Marcia Morse (1944- ) is an artist and arts writer in Kailua, Hawaii.

Provenance

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.

How to Use This Collection

This transcript is open for research. Access to the audio is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Thurston and Sharon Twigg-Smith, 2013 April 21 - May 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.