Oral history interview with Karl Schrag

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.schrag70
Creators:
Schrag, Karl
Cummings, Paul
Dates:
1970 October 14-20
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
45 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Interview of Karl Schrag conducted 1970 October 14-20, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Schrag speaks of his childhood in Germany; how his parents were nervous about him becoming an artist; going to various art schools; studying with Bissiere; his first exhibition in Brussels; moving to America because of the political situation in Europe; enrolling in the Art Students League; getting involved with Atelier 17; how the mid-1940s were crucial in his development; American artists he found interesting; his thoughts on the Abstract Expressionists; how he started teaching; joining Tamarind workshop; his first retrospective, the Ford Foundation-A.F.A Show; being on the Fulbright jury; how his pictures relate to each other; his technique; and becoming the Director of Atelier 17. He recalls Andre L'Hote, Roger Bissiere, Harry Sternberg, Anton Refregier, William Kienbusch, Fred Farr, Carroll Cloar, John Sloan, Maurice Becker, Stanley William Hayter, Yves Tanguy, Bohuslav Horak, Robert Broner, Margaret Lowenbraun, and many others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Karl Schrag (1912-1995) was a painter and printmaker from New York, N.Y.

Administration
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
Tape 2 is mostly blank.
General
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 25 min.

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

Keywords
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Art, American Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painters -- New York (State) -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Printmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Abstract expressionism Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Lhote, André, 1885-1962 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Farr, Fred, 1914-1973 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sloan, John, 1871-1951 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cloar, Carroll Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kienbusch, William, 1914-1980 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bissière, Roger, 1888-1964 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Refregier, Anton, 1905- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-1988 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sternberg, Harry, 1904-2001 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Becker, Maurice, 1889-1975 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Broner, Robert, 1922- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Horak, Bohuslav, 1914-2004 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art Students League (New York, N.Y.) -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Atelier 17 Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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