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Michel Oren interviews with artists, 1979-1991

Oren, Michel

Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 91 Pages Transcripts

Summary: Transcripts of interviews conducted by Michel Oren of printmaker Dick Higgins, and painters Gordon Onslow Ford, Ed Ruda and William T. Williams.
The Higgins interview (11 p.), done by telephone Sept. 30. 1979, relates to his association with the collaborative art group Fluxus during the 1960s. Onslow-Ford (32 p.), interviewed at his home in Inverness, Calif., Dec. 23, 1991, discusses his Surrealist circle in New York and living in Mexico. Williams (33 p.), interviewed in New York, Mar. 11, 1988, recalls his association with the collaborative art group Smokehouse, which included Williams, Guy Ciarcia, Billy Rose and Mel Edwards, ca. 1968-1970. Ruda (15 p.), interviewed in his New York studio March 11, 1988, discusses the artists' cooperative Park Place in New York, N.Y. (1963-1967), minimalism, and recalls artists Peter Forakis, Tony Magar, Frank Stella, Leo Vallador, Mark DiSuvero, Forrest Myers, David Novros, David Bourdon, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Oren conducted the interviews for research material on his planned book concerning artists' groups.


Donated 1988-1992 by Michel Oren.

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Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Onslow-Ford interview: Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained in writing from Gordon Onslow-Ford.

The donor has retained all intellectual property rights, including copyright, that they may own.

How to Cite This Collection

Michel Oren interviews with artists, 1979-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.