Oral history interview with John Coplans
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.coplan75
Creators:
Coplans, John
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1975 April 4-1977 August 4
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
133 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of John Coplans conducted 1975 April. 4-1977 August 4, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art, in New York City.
Scope and Contents
Coplans speaks of his educational background; the founding and development of ARTFORUM magazine; ARTFORUM staff writers including Lawrence Alloway, Michael Fried, Philip Leider, and Barbara E. Rose; and the influence of Irving Blum and Walter Hopps on California artists and collectors. Coplans also discusses the art market in New York and in California, and talks about his career as a teacher, editor, gallery director, critic, and museum curator.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
John Coplans (1920- 2003) was an art administrator, editor, photograph, and educator of New York, New York. Born in London, England; died in Manhattan, New York.

Administration
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.
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on line.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are 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 4 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 8 hr., 6 min.

Digital Content

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

Keywords
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Art publishing -- New York (State) -- New York Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arts administrators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Editors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Museum curators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Alloway, Lawrence, 1926-1990 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blum, Irving, 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fried, Michael Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hopps, Walter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Leider, Philip, 1929- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rose, Barbara Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artforum Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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