Oral history interview with George Earl Ortman

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.ortman63
Creators:
Ortman, George, 1926-
Baker, Richard Brown
Dates:
1963 Sept. 19-Nov. 5
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
211 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of George Earl Ortman conducted 1963 Sept. 19-Nov. 5, by Richard Brown Baker, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Ortman speaks of critics' reviews of his work; his reactions to the early abstract expressionists; his family background and early experiences; his education; the California environment and its influence on him; his U.S. Navy service; the art scene in San Francisco in the 1940s; other artists he was acquainted with; coming to New York; influences on contemporary artists; pop art; establishing a reputation as a printmaker; studying under William Hayter; his time spent in France; development of his style; problems of making a living in art; his work in theatrical design; realism versus abstraction; his teaching career; exhibits he has had. He recalls Eleanor Ward, Howard Wise, Willem de Kooning, Nathan Oliveira, Gandy Brodie, Hans Hofmann, and Joan Mitchell.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
George Earl Ortman (1926- ) is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker from Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3612 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 4 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 52 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Keywords
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Painters -- Michigan -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers -- Michigan -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Michigan -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Brodie, Gandy, 1925-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
De Kooning, Willem, 1904-1997 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hofmann, Hans, 1880-1966 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mitchell, Joan, 1926-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Oliveira, Nathan, 1928-2010 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ward, Eleanor, 1912-1984 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wise, Howard Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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