Oral history interview with Herbert Gentry
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.gentry91
Creators:
Gentry, Herbert, 1919-2003
Kirwin, Liza
Dates:
1991 May 23
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
2 Sound cassettes
Sound recording
31 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Herbert Gentry conducted 1991 May 23, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Gentry recalls his childhood in Harlem; musicians he met and was influenced by, including Duke Ellington and Count Bassie; studies at New York University and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and L'Academie de la Grand Chaumiere under the G.I. Bill; his jazz club/gallery in Montparnasse; friendships with Romare Bearden and Beauford Delaney; early exhibitions; his marriages; identification with the artist's group COBRA; and studios in Sweden and New York.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Herbert Gentry (1919-2003) was a painter from New York, N.Y., and Malmo, Sweden. Gentry was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to Harlem as a young child. After serving in WWII, he went to Paris to study painting. In 1948 he opened a club and gallery in Montparnasse that featured jazz and art. Gentry moved to Sweden in 1959 but kept his studio in Paris, and beginning in 1972, New York City.

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
These interviews are 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 administrators.

Digital Content

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

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Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- United States Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Delaney, Beauford, 1901- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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