Oral history interview with Ben Heller
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.heller73
Creators:
Heller, Ben, 1925-
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1973 Jan. 8
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1 Sound tape reel
Sound recording
5 in.
54 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Ben Heller conducted 1973 Jan. 8, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Heller speaks of his youth and education in New York; his early interest in music and literature; starting his painting and sculpture collection; the relationship between artists and collectors; art movements and the impact of collectors on them; art as a financial investment; the changes in his collecting interests; becoming a dealer, and some of the problems involved; the lack of financial support for art institutions; and traveling exhibitions of his collection.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ben Heller (1925-) is an art collector, patron, and dealer from New York, N.Y.

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.

Digital Content

Keywords
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Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art patrons -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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