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Oral history interviews relating to the American Abstract Artists Group, 1973-1978

Larsen, Susan C., 1946-

Art historian


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 linear feet

13 sound cassettes (circa 13 hours) : analog.

Summary: Interviews conducted by Susan Larsen, 1973-1974 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). Interviewees include 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). Also included but not used in Larsen's dissertation are 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 of Willem and Elaine de Kooning, ca. 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.

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Oral history interviews relating to the American Abstract Artists Group, 1973-1978. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.