Oral history interview with Joan Mitchell

Collection ID:
Mitchell, Joan, 1926-1992
Seckler, Dorothy Gees, 1910-1994
1965 May 21
Physical Description:
2 Sound tape reels
Sound recording, master (1 hr., 19 min.)
29 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Interview of Joan Mitchell, conducted by Dorothy Seckler for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in New York, on May 21, 1965.
Scope and Contents
Mitchell speaks of her use of landscapes and color; the relationship between representation and abstraction in her work; her early exhibitions at the Stable Gallery and the New Gallery; her time in Paris; memories of The Club; how the New York art world has changed since the 1940s; comparisons of the gallery scenes of Paris and New York; reception of her work; and her series Calvi. Mitchell also recalls Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Joan Mitchell (1925-1992) was a painter. Birth date also cited, incorrectly, as 1926.

Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
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 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.

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Repository Contact
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