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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: The oral history interviews conducted by Susan C. Larsen measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1973 to 1978. The majority of the interviews were conducted by Susan Larsen in preparation for her dissertation, "The American Abstract Artists Group: A History and Evaluation of Its Impact Upon American Art, 1936-1974" at Northwestern University in 1975. Interviews on this topic include Rosalind Bengelsdorf Browne, Ilya Bolotowsky, George McNeil, Ruth Vollmer, Balcomb Greene, and Vaclav Vytlacil. Also included are an interview with Charles Carpenter, executor of the Charles Greene Shaw estate; an interview conducted by Sandra Kraskin, at the request of Larsen, with Willem and Elaine de Kooning regarding the Albert Eugene Gallatin Collection and its impact upon artists in the 1930s and 1940s; and an interview with Richard Diebenkorn. These interviews were not used in Larsen's dissertation.

Biographical/Historical Note

Susan C. Larsen (1946- ) is an art historian in Portland, Maine. She completed her studies at Northwestern University in 1975. She was a professor of art at the University of California between 1975 and 1996. She has also been a curator at the Whitney Museum of american Art in New York and at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine.

Provenance

The oral history interviews relating to the American Abstract Artists Group were donated to the Archives of american Art by Susan Larsen in 2001. The interview of Richard Diebenkorn was donated by Larsen in 1981.

Funding

The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.