Oral history interview with Nell Blaine

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.blaine67
Creators:
Blaine, Nell, 1922-1996
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994
Dates:
1967 June 15
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
37 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Nell Blaine conducted 1967 June 15, by Dorothy Seckler, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Blaine speaks of her family background; her competitive spirit; commercial art; becoming a "disciple" of Hans Hofmann; Hofmann as a teacher; the influence of Arp, Helion, Leger and Mondrian; the American Abstract Artists group; the Jane Street Gallery; jazz musicians; painting in Paris, Italy, Mexico, Greece, England, and elsewhere; her paralysis caused by polio; design work with Alvin H. Ross; her interest in color and light; landscape and figurative paintings; and the contemporary art scene. She recalls Leland Bell, Worden Day, Jane and Jack Freilicher, Wolf Kahn, Albert Kresch, Larry Rivers, Hyde Solomon, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Nell Blaine (1922-1996) was a painter in New York, New York.

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 2 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr.

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Rivers, Larry, 1925-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ross, Alvin, 1920-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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