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Oral history interview with Tony Ganz, 2014 December 6

Oral history interview with Tony Ganz, 2014 December 6

Ganz, Tony, 1947-


Collection Information

Size: 4 sound files (2 hrs., 4 min.) digital, wav

Transcript: 53 pages

Format: Originally recorded on 2 SD memory cards as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 4 min.

Summary: An interview with Tony Ganz conducted 2014 December 6, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art and the Center for the History of Collecting in America at the Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection, at Ganz's home in Brentwood, California.

Ganz speaks of his parents, siblings, and early childhood; growing up in New York city; his family's collection and interest in art; collecting Picasso; going to museums and galleries as a kid; understanding Picasso; Putney School; his interest in photography and film; attending Harvard; making films; meeting his wife; beginning collecting; collecting drawings; building his collection; equity; Eva Hesse; Amber Whiteread; Gordon Matta-Clark; Moving to Beachwood Canyon; Robert Smithson; Paul Thek; Ted Bowman; Claes Oldenberg; Frank Stella; plan for his collection; following one's intuition; ones that got away; and friends in the art world. Ganz also recalls Victor and Sally Ganz, Paul Ganz, Sol Ganz, D. Lisner Jewlry, Chuck Fries, Gail Mutrux, Matthew Marks, Anthony D'Offay, Jeffrey Deitsch, Eva Hesse, Lee Bontecou, David Zwirner, Adam Weinberg, and Glenn Lowry.

Biographical/Historical Note

Interviewee Tony Ganz (1947-) is a film producer in Brentwood, California. Interviewer Hunter Drohojowska-Philp (1952- ) is an art critic and writer from Beverly Hills, California.


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.


Funding for this interview was provided by Barbara Fleischman.

For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Tony Ganz, 2014 December 6. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.