Oral history interview with Al Held
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Held, Al, 1928-
Cummings, Paul
1975 Nov. 19-1976 Jan. 8
Physical Description:
5 Sound tape reels
Sound recording (10 hrs.)
1 7/8 ips.
5 in.
239 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Al Held conducted 1975 Nov. 19-1976 Jan. 8, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Held discusses his childhood; studying at the Art Students League; going to Paris for three years to study painting on the G.I. bill in the 1950's; experiences as a painter in N.Y. during the 1960's; the stages of his artistic development; his artistic philosophy; techniques; teaching painting classes at Yale since the 1960's; and his one man show at the Whitney Museum of Art in 1974.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Al Held (1928-2005) is a painter from New York, N.Y. Studied at the Art Students League. Teaches at Yale University School of Art.

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' 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.

Digital Content

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

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