Oral history interview with Tom Wesselmann

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.wessel84
Creators:
Wesselmann, Tom, 1931-2004
Sandler, Irving, 1925-
Dates:
1984 January 3-February 8
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
196 Pages
Transcript
1 Item
sound file (5 min., 12 sec.) Audio excerpt
digital
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Tom Wesselmann conducted 1984 January 3-1984 February 8, by Irving Sandler, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Wesselmann speaks of his family, childhood and education; his U.S. Army service; his early interest in art and drawing; the influence of humor; going to the Cooper Union School on the GI bill; artists who influenced him in his early career; experiences which changed him; early experiments with collage; his first awareness of pop art; collage technique; his affiliation with the Tanager Gallery; his early nudes; eroticism in his paintings; politics and art. He recalls Alex Katz and Jim Dine.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) was a painter from New York, N.Y.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These interviews are part of the Archives' 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
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 8 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 37 min.

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

Keywords
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Pop art -- New York (State) -- New York Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Dine, Jim, 1935- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Katz, Alex, 1927- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tanager Gallery (New York, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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