Oral history interview with Clinton Adams

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.adams95
Creators:
Adams, Clinton, 1918-2002
Karlstrom, Paul J.
Dates:
1995 August 2-3
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
149 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Clinton Adams conducted 1995 August 2-3, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art, at his home, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Scope and Contents
Adams discusses his family background; involvement in Hollywood "industry"; teaching at University of California, Los Angeles; service during WWII; first contact with New York's Museum of Modern Art; his decision to return to California; teaching painting at UCLA from 1946-1954, and friends and colleagues at that time including Lorser Feitelson, Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Lynton R. Kistler and Annita Delano; the difficult political situation at UCLA and the "modernist" conflicts; his views on modernist and conservative groups; Stanton Macdonald-Wright; Adams' own work; his relationship to the ideas and nature of modernism; the Sanity in Art group and other art groups in Los Angeles; his opinion on which artists should have been included in the exhibition/catalogue "Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists"; his observations on art historical constructs; the history of New Mexican art; the idea of regionalism; the mythology of Santa Fe, New Mexico.; Southwestern art; the Tamarind Lithography Workshop during its New Mexico phase, its background and changes after the move from Los Angeles to the University of New Mexico, his fifteen years as director, major artists involved, and his desire to publish overlooked artists. Adams recalls Fritz Scholder, John Altoon, Leonard Edmondson, Ynez Johnston, Vincent Price, Jules Langsner, and Rico Lebrun.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Clinton Adams (1918-2002) was a printmaker, painter, and art administrator of Los Angeles, California and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available online.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others. Funding for the transcription provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance.

General
General
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 16 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 28 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Modernism (Art) -- California -- Los Angeles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers -- New Mexico -- Albuquerque -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Prints -- Technique Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts administrators -- New Mexico -- Albuquerque -- Interviews Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Altoon, John, 1925- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Delano, Annita, 1894- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Edmondson, Leonard, 1916- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Feitelson, Lorser, 1898-1978 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Johnston, Ynez, 1920- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kistler, Lynton R., , 1897-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Langsner, Jules, 1911-1967 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Macdonald-Wright, Stanton, 1890-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Price, Vincent, 1911-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scholder, Fritz, 1937-2005 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tamarind Lithography Workshop Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tamarind Institute Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
University of California, Los Angeles -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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