Oral history interview with Charles Alan on Aline Saarinen

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.alan73
Creators:
Alan, Charles, 1908?-1975
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1973 February 17
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
31 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Charles Alan conducted 1973 February 17, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Alan reminisces about his sister, Aline Saarinen. He touches upon her educational background; her work for "Art News" magazine and the "New York Times"; and research for her book, "The Proud Possessors," and an unpublished biography of Stanford White. He discusses Saarinen's television career with NBC News; and her relationships with Edgar Kaufman, Jr., Joseph Louchheim, John McAndrew, Elizabeth Shaw, Frank Stanton and others. Alan also comments on Eero Saarinen's personality, architectural projects, and work methods.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles Alan (1908?-1975) was an art dealer from New York, New York. Attended Horace Mann School, graduating in 1924, and Yale School of Drama in 1925. Worked as a set designer for MGM and Warner Brothers. In 1930, became a theatrical set designer and director. After serving in the Army in World War II, he worked for Edith Halpert at the Downtown Gallery. In 1952, he opened the Charles Alan Gallery, specializing in contemporary art. Alan closed the gallery in 1970 to become a private dealer.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives' 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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hrs., 6 min.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Kaufmann, Edgar, 1910-1989 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Louchheim, Joseph H., 1908?-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McAndrew, John Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saarinen, Aline B. (Aline Bernstein), 1914-1972 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Saarinen, Eero, 1910-1961 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shaw, Elizabeth Roberts, 1921- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stanton, Frank, b. 1890 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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