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Karl E. Fortess taped interviews with artists, [1963-1985]

Karl E. Fortess taped interviews with artists, [1963-1985]

Fortess, Karl E. (Karl Eugene), 1907-1993

Painter, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 268 interviews recorded on 205 audio cassettes.

Summary: Untranscribed taped interviews, 30 to 60 minutes in length, of painters, sculptors, and printmakers. The interviews were conducted and recorded by Fortess of the School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston University, in part, under a contract with the Office of Education, U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare. Fortess' Final Report on the project, June 1968, summarizes the objective was "to develop a library of taped interviews with contemporary American painters, sculptors, and graphic artists, such interviews to be concerned with questions of technical, professional and personal interest."

Among the interviewees are Kenneth Armitage, Will Barnet, Romare Bearden, George Biddle, James Brooks, Adolph Dehn, Jane Freilicher, Julian Levi, Alice Neel, Larry Rivers, Moses Soyer, Dorothy Varian, and many others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Fortess was a painter and printmaker, b. 1907 in Belgium. [Fortess died in 1993.]


Donated 1978-1985 by Karl Fortess.

Location of Originals

  • Duplicate tapes also available at Boston University in the Fine and Applied Arts Library and the Mugar Library.

Restrictions on Access

Untranscribed; use requires prior notice, and is limited to Archives of American Art offices.

Restrictions on Use

The donor has specified as a condition of the gift that the tapes may not be transcribed or edited.

How to Cite This Collection

Karl E. Fortess taped interviews with artists, [1963-1985]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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