Archives of American Art

Oral history interview with Alexander Stoller

Collection ID:
Stoller, Alexander, 1902-1994
Brown, Robert F.
1976 December 10
Physical Description:
2 Items
Sound recording: 2 sound files
digital, wav file
26 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Interview of Alexander Stoller, conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1976.
Scope and Contents
Stoller speaks of first becoming interested in sculpture as a child; leaving school in order to work for Metro Pictures and J. Walter Thompson; taking night classes in art as well as classes at the Art Students League; traveling to Italy to study sculpture; exhibiting in Paris and New York; his sense of the architectural quality of sculpture; and the change in the climate of American art in the 1940s. Stoller also recalls George Bridgman, Maurice Sterne, Kimon Nicolaides, Thomas Hart Benton, John Carroll, Max Weber, Leo Lentelli, Reuben Nakian, Gaston Lachaise, Paul Manship, Charles Despiau, Curt Valentin, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Alexander Stoller (1902-1994) was a sculptor from Massachusetts.

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

Digital Content

More Information
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 2 min.

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Sculpture, American -- Massachusetts Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sculptors -- Massachusetts -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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