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Oral history interviews of artists conducted by Susan C. Larsen, 1973-1978

Larsen, Susan C., 1946-

Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear feet

Summary: Interviews conducted by Susan Larsen, 1973-1978, including six in preparation for her dissertation, The American Abstract Artists Group: A History and Evaluation of Its Impact Upon American Art, 1936-1974 (Northwestern University, 1975), including interviews with Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne (1973 Jan. 7, 2 cassettes), Ilya Bolotowsky (1973 Jan. 29, 1 cassette plus 5 min. on another), George McNeil (1974 Jan. 12, 1 cassette), Ruth Vollmer (1973 Jan. 30, 1 cassette and transcript), Balcomb Greene (no date, 2 cassettes), and Vaclav Vytlacil (1974 Jan. 10, 2 cassettes). Other interviews include: an interview with Charles Carpenter (1976 Sept. 8, 1 cassette) who was executor of the estate of Charles Greene Shaw, who died during the period Larsen was conducting her research, and an interview with Richard Diebenkorn (1977 May 24 - June 2, 5 cassettes and 117 p. transcript). The sound quality of the Diebenkorn interview is extremely poor.

Also found is an interview of Willem and Elaine de Kooning, circa 1978, conducted by Peter Busa and art historian Sandra Kraskin at Larsen's request, regarding the Albert Eugene Gallatin Collection and its impact upon artists in the late 1930s and early 1940 (1 cassette).

Biographical/Historical Note

Larsen is an art historian.


Donated by Susan Larsen, 2001.

Related Materials

Also in the Archives is an interview of Richard Diebenkorn conducted by Susan Larsen for the Archives' Oral History Program, 1985-1987.

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

Oral history interviews of artists conducted by Susan C. Larsen, 1973-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.