Oral history interview with Ira Spanierman

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.spanie07
Creators:
Spanierman, Ira
McElhinney, James, 1952-
Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation
Dates:
2007 June 6-12
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
63 Pages
Trancript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Ira Spanierman conducted June 6-12, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art, in the Spanierman Gallery, New York, New York. Spanierman speaks of growing up and living in New York City his whole life; the influence of working in his father's antique store; studying English at Syracuse University; how he got involved in the art business; becoming an auctioneer at Savoy Gallery working with silver and arms and armor; his collecting preferences; the influence of the Internet and technology; changes in the art market among buyers and collectors; the development and growth of art auctions; opening his first gallery and what kind of art he showed; interest in dealing 19th and 20th century American art; the kind of clientele he attracted; the Spanierman Gallery catalogues and publication program; publishing and distributing the catalogue raisonné; working and collaborating with other institutions like the Cooper-Hewitt; working with a panel of scholars to identify work that was fraud; the various kinds of collectors he has dealt with in the past and what kind of collectors he prefers to work with; opening a contemporary and modern wing to the gallery and the motivation behind that; relationships with artists; exhibiting members of the Ashcan School, the Ten, and the Hudson River School; trying to find artists that have been overlooked in the past and promoting a re-emergence of these figures and their work; a number of mentors in his life including Abe Adler and Roy Leroy; advice for younger collectors; what he sees in the future for the art market; a shift in privately owned art being turned over to museums; the educational aspect of his gallery; future goals of his gallery; the role of the museum today; what he has contributed to the art world; and how he would like to be remembered and thought of in the future. Spanierman also recalls Peter Wilson, Gene Thaw, Lloyd Goodrich, Abigail Gerds, Peter Poskas, Hans Heinrich, Daniel Terra, Jack Warner, Diane and Bruce Halles, Daniel and Rita Fraad, Barbara Newington, Robert Noortman, Ian Woodner, Barbara Novak, Roy Leroy, Abraham Adler, Norman Hirsch and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ira Spanierman is a gallery owner from New York, New York. James McElhinney (1952- ) is a painter and educator from New York, New York.

Administration
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.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 21 min.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art, American -- 19th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art, American -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Collectors and collecting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ashcan school of art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gallery owners -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hudson River school of landscape painting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Adler, A. M. (Abraham M), 1902-1985 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fraad, Daniel Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fraad, Rita Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gerds, Abigail Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Goodrich, Lloyd, 1897-1987 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Halles, Bruce Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Halles, Diane Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Heinrich, Hans Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hirsch, Norman Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Leroy, Roy Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Newington, Barbara Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Novak, Barbara Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Terra, Daniel J., 1911-1996 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thaw, Eugene Victor Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Warner, Jack Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wilson, Peter (Cayuga) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Poskas, Peter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Noortman, Rob Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woodner, Ian Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Savoy Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Syracuse University -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Spanierman Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Widgeon Point Charitable Foundation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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