Oral history interview with Fred Martin

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.martin80
Creators:
Martin, Fred, 1927-
St. John, Terry
Dates:
1980 Aug. 27-Sept. 19
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
202 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Fred Martin conducted 1980 Aug. 27-Sept. 19, by Terry St. John, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Martin speaks of his childhood and early artistic influences; his education at the University of California, Berkeley; his rebellion as a student; studying under Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still; teaching art in elementary and high schools; going to work for the Oakland Art Museum; his lack of an identifiable style and its negative impact on his early career; teaching at and becoming director of the San Francisco Art Institute; leaving there and teaching at the University of California, Berkeley; the influence of abstract expressionism on his work; his work in collage; his travels; the influence of "dynamic symmetry"; the current art market.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Fred Martin (1927- ) is a painter, teacher, and collagist from Oakland, Calif.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3417 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
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 others.

General
General
Originally recorded on 8 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 7 hrs., 9 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript: Use requires an appointment.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Abstract expressionism -- California Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Collagists -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Still, Clyfford, 1904-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
San Francisco Art Institute Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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