Oral history interview with Virginia Dwan, 1984 Mar. 21-June 7.

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Oral history interview with Virginia Dwan, 1984 Mar. 21-June 7.

An interview of Virginia Dwan conducted 1984 Mar. 21-1984 June 7, by Charles F. Stuckey, for the Archives of American Art. Dwan speaks of her background and education; her early interest in art; starting her gallery in 1959 in Los Angeles; the early days of her gallery; the development of her circle of artists; early shows; financing the gallery; "shopping" for art and artists; public and critical reaction to her gallery's shows; the decision to go to New York, and getting established there; making decisions about what to show; collectors; the closing of the Dwan Gallery; and her life since. She also relates anecdotes about the creation and execution of Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" and reminisces about numerous artists with whom she was associated, incluing: Jean Tinguely, Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Ed Kienholz, Philip Guston, Arman, Robert Smithson, Franz Kline, Kenneth Snelson, Carl Andre, Sol Lewitt, Michael Heizer, Walter De Maria, and Robert Ryman.

Sound recordings: 10 sound cassettes.Transcript: 360 p.

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