Oral history interview with Richard Solomon

Collection ID:
Solomon, Richard, 1934-
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-
2015 October 25- 29
Physical Description:
4 Items
Sound recording, master: 4 sound files (4 hrs., 27 min.)
digital, wav
98 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Richard (Dick) Solomon, conducted 26 and 29 October 2015, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Solomon speaks of new developments in collecting practices in the art world; the relative cachet of prints versus other media; how he became a collector; studying business at Harvard Business School; his entry into the print business; how he became involved at Pace Prints; buying the List Art Poster business; art fairs as the new paradigm for selling art; the relative appeal of print fairs; how different types of reproductions are marketed and sold; serving on the acquisitions board at the Whitney Museum; changes in the print and art market due to new technologies, including the internet; and his advice to young art industry aspirants. Solomon also recalls Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Sol Lewitt, Agnes Martin, Arnold Glimcher, Robert Mangold, Louise Nevelson, Shepard Fairey, Lucas Samaras, Jacob Lewis, Ernie Trova, Aldo Crommelynck, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Richard (Dick) Solomon (1934- ) is a print publisher and dealer in New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator in New York, New York.

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

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Prints, American -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Prints -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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