Oral history interview with James Lechay, 1998 July 9-Aug. 26 [sound recording].

ArchivalResource

Lechay, James,. Oral history interview with James Lechay, 1998 July 9-Aug. 26 [sound recording].

Oral history interview with James Lechay, 1998 July 9-Aug. 26 [sound recording].

An interview of James Lechay conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, in Lechay's home, Wellfleet, Mass., 1998 July 9 and August 26. Lechay discusses his early childhood in the Bronx, NY; copying paintings at the Metropolitan Museum under the tutelage of his elder brother Myron; discontinuing his study of psychology at the University of Illinois in 1929 to return to NYC to paint; taking odd jobs to counter his extreme poverty in the early 1930s; first exhibition at Another Place (1936), a gallery run by De Hirsh Margules and praise from David Siqueiros, the Mexican muralist; first trip to Provincetown (1930); exhibiting several times at the Whitney Museum (and others) but not at MoMA; touring NYC galleries on Fridays; meeting Marsden Hartley and Alfred Stieglitz; friendship with the arrogant Arshile Gorky; and on Jackson Pollock with whom he served as a juror, along with Max Weber, for a Momentum exhibition, Chicago, 1940s. Teaching at the University of Iowa 1945, succeeding Philip Guston, because he taught only 2 days a week and Iowa the first American university to hire mature professional artists; his luck in always having (since 1935) a New York dealer; his work as self-referential; being repelled by art fashions and not compromising his work in order to sell; painting must look effortless, simple, easy, as though "breathed on the canvas"; the appearance of simplicity in his work but actually it being the product of struggle for him, but elation when finished; comment on his early NYC friends: Raphael and Moses Soyer, Abraham Walkowitz, and Arshile Gorky; aquaintance at Stieglitz's gallery with Marsden Hartley.

2 sound cassettes (150 min.) : analog.

Related Constellations

There are 10 Constellations related to this resource.

Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6tt4p3p (person)

Alfred Stieglitz was an American photographer, founder of the Photo-Secession Group, gallery owner, and editor and publisher of photography magazines, most notably, Camera Work. Frank Hermann was an American painter, who spent most of his career in Germany, where he associated with several avant-garde art groups. Childhood friends, Stieglitz and Herrmann were schoolmates, spent time together when Stieglitz was in Europe, and visited each other in the United States when Herrmann returned in 1919....

Siqueiros, David Alfaro

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6kd22tk (person)

David Alfaro Siqueiros was a leading member of the Mexican muralist movement and a technical innovator of fresco and wall painting. His ideological differences with Diego Rivera attracted much attention in the 1930s. From the description of David Alfaro Siqueiros papers, 1920-1991, bulk 1930-1936. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 80149112 ...

Weber, Max, 1881-1961

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w69s1sz0 (person)

Artist. From the description of Reminiscences of Max Weber : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309727971 Max Weber (1881-1961) was a painter and sculptor in New York, N.Y. Weber was the National Chairman for the American Artists Congress in 1937. From the description of Max Weber papers, 1904-2000. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 756821036 Painter; New York, N.Y. ...

Brown, Robert F.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6xp76jd (person)

Archives of American Art Regional Director of the New England office. From the description of Robert Brown interview, 1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83873055 ...

Lechay, Myron, 1898-1972

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6988bjq (person)

b. 1898; d. 1972. From the description of Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122312375 ...

Margules, De Hirsh, 1899-1965

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64f2tgh (person)

De Hirsh Margules (1899-1965) was a painter and a poet from New York, N.Y. From the description of De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-2001, bulk 1923-1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 422877098 Painter, poet; New York, N.Y.; b. 1899; d. 1965. From the description of De Hirsh Margules papers, 1899-1998 (bulk 1928-1960). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84653624 From the description of De Hirsh Margules papers, 1888-1998 (bulk 1923-1965). (Unknown). WorldCat ...

Gorky, Arshile, 1904-1948

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6rj4mx7 (person)

Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6jq1476 (person)

Marsden Hartley, one of the early modernist painters and also a poet, was born in Lewiston, Maine, in 1877. After his mother's death, he moved to Cleveland to live with his father and stepmother, attending the Cleveland Institute of Art. He then moved on to study at the New York School of Art, where he found inspiration in the works of the American transcendentalists, particularly Emerson and Whitman. Among his other influences were Emily Dickison, his friend and contemporary Hart Crane, and Ger...

Lechay, James

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6vd7q76 (person)

Painter; Wellfleet, Mass. From the description of Oral history interview with James Lechay, 1998 July 9-Aug. 26 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78618582 James Lechay is a painter from Wellfleet, Mass. From the description of Oral history interview with James Lechay, 1998 July 9-Aug. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646401332 Painter; Wellfleet, Mass.; Died 2001; taught at University of Iowa Myron Lechay was Ja...

Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6bk1jrn (person)

Jackson Pollock was born in 1912, in Cody, Wyoming, the youngest of five sons. His family moved several times during his childhood, finally settling in Los Angeles. In 1930 he joined his older brother, Charles, in New York City, and studied with Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League of New York. Pollock worked during the 1930s for the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project. During 1936 he worked in artist David Alfaro Siqueiros's Experimental Workshop. In...