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Irving Harry Sandler interviews and papers, circa 1944-2017, bulk 1944-1980

Sandler, Irving, 1925-

Teacher, Art historian, Art critic


Collection Information

Size: 2.8 linear feet

Digital files: 32 gigabytes

Summary: The papers of art critic, historian, curator and educator Irving Sandler measure 1.6 linear feet and date from circa 1944-2017. Included are interviews, membership files, minutes of meetings from the Club, an organization Sandler directed, writings, photographs, and printed material.

Sound recordings and transcripts of interviews with Stephen Antonakos, Elise Asher, Alice Baber, Richard Barringer, Nell Blaine, Ilya Bolotowsky, G. Campbell, Brad Davis, Lois Dodd, John Fischer, Miles Forst, Rhonda Garelick, Michael Goldberg, Leon Golub, Carl Holty, Alfred Jensen, Howard Kanovitz, Wolf Kahn, Aristodimos Kaldis, Ivan Karp, Lila Katzen, Robert Kaupelis, Lyman Kipp, Marcia Marcus, George McNeil, Corinne Robins, Salvatore Romano, Edwin Ruda, Nancy Spero, Richard Stankiewicz, May Stevens, William Underhill, and Esteben Vicente conducted by Sandler and his students for seminars taught by Sandler at New York University and Yale University from the 1960s through the 1980s; a transcript of colloquium, "Critics Colloquium" regarding the content of abstract art, moderated by Sandler and including discussants Robert Murray, Joseph Solman, Wolf Kahn, Thomas Bouchard, Kyle Morris, Earnest Briggs, Jack Tworkov, Robert Morris, and Stephen Greene, Jack Sonnenberg, Robin Cembalest, Idelle Weber; nine interviews, both transcribed and untranscribed, conducted by Sandler for radio station WRFM in New York on March 26, 1962- April 8, 1963 with Sherman Drexler and Jack Kroll, John Ferren, Carl Holty, Harry Holtzman, Adolph Gottlieb, Perle Fine, Stanley W. Hayter, Man Ray, and Maurice Sievan; a 2007 interview with Myra Lehr conducted by Sandler; and a 2017 interview of Charles Simonds conducted by Sandler and Lucy Freeman Sandler, July 31, August 11-12, and September 1 in digital format.

Writings include papers by Sandler's students. Photographs are of works of art and of artist Robert Rauschenberg.

Biographical/Historical Note

Irving Sandler (1925- 2018) was an art critic, art historian, and educator in New York, N.Y. Sandler was the art critic for ART NEWS, 1956-1962; for the NEW YORK POST, 1960-1965; and an instructor of art history at New York University, 1960-1971. During his career, he was director of the Tanager Gallery and the Club organizations.


The bulk of the collection was donated in 1981-1982 by Irving Sandler. Sandler donated an additional interview with Myra Lehr in 2008. Sandler's widow, Lucy Freeman Sandler, donated the 2017 interview in 2019.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Irving Harry Sandler interviews and papers, circa 1944-2017, bulk 1944-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.