Oral history interview with Marisol

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.mariso68
Creators:
Marisol, 1930-
Roberts, Colette, 1910-
Dates:
1968 Feb. 8
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Sound tape reel
Sound recording
7 in.
34 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Marisol conducted 1968 Feb. 8, by Colette Roberts, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
In the interview Marisol speaks of her childhood spent both in Chile and France; the encouragement of her parents and teachers to draw freely; her progression from painting, to drawing, to collage and reliefs; the influence of Europeans, Matisse and Picasso, and American, Rauschenberg; her time spent in museums as a child and the subsequent exposure to DaVinci and Rembrandt; her art education, predominantly in New York at the Art Students League and briefly in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Art; her association with the Abstract Expressionists at the Club; the contrast of her work to the dream-based Surrealists; her first show for Castelli in 1957; her shows at the '62 and '64 annual exhibitions at the Stable; her more recent exhibitions for the Carnegie and Sidney Janis Gallery of The Beach and The Party; the origins of her wood drawings as a discovery while drawing lines to be sculpted upon wood; her experience working for the Daily Telegraph and completing portraits of historical figures such as Charles DeGalle; the literary influence of Dostoeveski, and more specifically Crime and Punishment; her recent apathy for visual entertainments and diversions (like the Ballet). Both in the interview and afterwards in a supplemental biographical addition Roberts and Marisol allude to her resistence to sit for interviews. The artist feels that she doesn't "have much to say."

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Marisol (1930- ) is a sculptor in New York, N.Y.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is 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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 1 digital wav file. Duration is 1 hr., 15 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
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Repository Contact
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