Chuck Close on Living in NYC on Less Than $4000 a Year

Mark, 1979. acrylic on canvas, 9′ x 7′ (29.6 x 23 m). “It was possible to have a part-time job working maybe two or two-and-a-half days a week, and afford to rent a 2,000 or 2,500 square foot loft, and actually still have money left over to buy meat.” – Chuck Close Excerpt from an […]

Josef Albers On Squares and the Nature of Expression

@ the Estate of Josef Albers “I still like to believe that the square is a human invention. And that tickles me. So when I have a preference for it then I can only say excuse me.” – Josef Albers An interview of Josef Albers conducted 1968 June 22-July 5, by Sevim Fesci EVIM FESCI: […]

Ed Ruscha on Wanting a Product and a Final Result

Heaven Hell @ Ed Ruscha “I have really no direction, I have no plans. I can’t write my future. I can’t write my own history. I’m most fascinated by that one idea of the things that are undone now, will be done in five years time.” – Ed Ruscha   MR. RUSCHA: I think the […]

Interview with Ben Shahn (1964)

Interview with Ben Shahn Conducted by Richard Doud at the Artist’s home in Roosevelt, New Jersey. April 14, 1964. RICHARD DOUD: I’d like to start with a general background of what you were doing prior to the time and how you managed to get with the Resettlement Program. BEN SHAHN: Well, I told you I […]

Interview with Lewis Baltz (2009)

“If you wanted to work in the vein of Walker Evans, you could do very well at Yale. But if you didn’t want to do that, you were just – you’re kind of left alone.”   Oral history interview with Lewis Baltz, 2009 Nov. 15-17 An interview of Lewis Baltz conducted 2009 Nov. 15-17, by […]

An Interview with Mary Ellen Mark (1990)

  “When it’s cropped I think, ‘God, it just doesn’t make sense. The picture’s no good any more. It’s not what I shot.’”   Interview by Constance Sullivan CS: You’ve been described as both a documentary photographer and a photojournalist. Do you make a distinction between the two? MARY ELLEN MARK: I have never known […]

INTERVIEW: “Oral History Interview with Ben Shahn” (1968)

Interview with Ben Shahn Conducted by Forrest Selvig at the Artist’s home in Roosevelt, New Jersey. September 27, 1968 FORREST SELVIG: This is an interview with Ben Shahn in his house in Roosevelt, New Jersey, and the date is the 27th of September, 1968. The interviewer is Forrest Selvig. BEN SHAHN: Well, you asked me about […]

INTERVIEW: “Oral History Interview with Gordon Parks” (1964)

Oral history interview with Gordon Parks, 1964 Dec. 30, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Interview with Gordon Parks Conducted by Richard Doud In New York December 30, 1964 RICHARD DOUD: If you would, Mr. Parks, I’d like to hear something about your background and how you became interested in photography in the first place. […]

INTERVIEW: “Oral History Interview with Imogen Cunningham – June 9th, 1975”

Oral history interview with Imogen Cunningham, 1975 June 9, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Interview with Imogen Cunningham Conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom and Louise Katzman At the Artist’s home in San Francisco, California June 9, 1975 The following oral history transcript is the result of a tape-recorded interview with Imogen Cunningham on June […]

INTERVIEW: “Dorothea Lange Interview” (May 22, 1964)

Dorothea Lange interview, 1964 May 22, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Interview with Dorothea Lange Conducted by Richard K. Doud In New York, New York May 22, 1964 Preface The following oral history transcript is the result of a tape-recorded interview with Dorothea Lange on May 22, 1964. The interview took place in New […]