Oral history interview with Buffie Johnson

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.johnso82
Creators:
Johnson, Buffie
Shikler, Barbara
Mark Rothko and His Times Oral History Project
Dates:
1982 Nov. 13
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Cassettes
Sound recording
analog.
16 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Buffie Johnson conducted 1982 Nov. 13, by Barbara Shikler, for the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and His Times oral history project.
Scope and Contents
Johnson talks about her friendship with Rothko, recalling their meeting in 1942 or 1943; introducing Rothko to Peggy Guggenheim; Rothko's philosophical interests; a visit to Rothko's studio shortly before his death; the women in his life; and the Houston chapel paintings. She recalls Howard Putzel, Peggy Guggenheim, Barney Newman, Adolf Gottlieb, Gene Goossen, Tony Smith, Lee Krasner, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Buffie Johnson (1912-2006) was a painter from New York, N.Y.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on-line.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for the interview was provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation. 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
This interview was conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's Mark Rothko and his Times oral history project, with funding provided by the Mark Rothko Foundation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Others interviewed on the project (by various interviewers) include: Sonia Allen, Sally Avery, Ben-Zion, Bernard Braddon, Ernest Briggs, Rhys Caparn, Elaine de Kooning, Herbert Ferber, Esther Gottlieb, Juliette Hays, Sidney Janis, Jacob Kainen, Louis Kaufman, Jack Kufeld, Katharine Kuh, Stanley Kunitz, Joseph Liss, Dorothy Miller, Betty Parsons, Wallace Putnam, Rebecca Reis, Maurice Roth, Sidney Schectman, Aaron Siskind, Joseph Solman, Hedda Sterne, Jack Tworkov, Esteban Vicente and Ed Weinstein. Each has been cataloged separately.

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

Keywords
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Abstract expressionism Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Putzel, Howard, 1898-1945 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guggenheim, Peggy, 1898- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newman, Barnett, 1905-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goossen, E. C. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smith, Tony, 1912-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Krasner, Lee, 1908-1984 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rothko Chapel (Houston, Tex.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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