Oral history interview with George Tsutakawa [videorecording]

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.tsutak87
Creators:
Tsutakawa, George
Tsutakawa, Mayumi
Dates:
1987 June 26-27
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
12 Items
Master: 12 videocassettes (Beta) (circa 20 min. each)
sd., col.
1/2 in.
4 videocassettes (u-matic)
Duplicate (3 sets, 12 total videocassettes)
sd., col.
3/4 in.
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of George Tsutakawa conducted 1987 June 26-27, by his daughter Mayumi Tsutakawa, for the Archives of American Art at Tsutakawa's home and studio in Seattle, Washington and at three of his fountain sculpture sites.
Scope and Contents
He discusses his youth and early education in Japan, demonstrates Sumi painting, and describes early Seattle art communities and University of Washington classes. He recalls his WWII experiences and his friendship with Mark Tobey and others, and explains the origins and evolution of fountain sculpture. Paul J. Karlstrom of the Archives of American Art introduces and concludes the interview.

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 12 videocassettes. Duration is 4 hr.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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Related Materials
This interview was followed up in 1988 by documenting Tsutakawa's return to Fukuyama, Japan to dedicate a major work for the city's new museum of contemporary art (cataloged separately under George Tsutakawa in Japan video project). Footage from this interview was used, along with footage from the 1988 Fukuyama footage, in the documentary "George Tsutakawa: An Artists' Pilgrimage" c1990 by the Archives of American Art.

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Repository Contact
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