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    Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, 1918-1971.
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    Roberts, Colette, 1910-
    Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, 1918-1971.
    Phy. Description: 
    10.2 linear ft.
    Digital Reference: 
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    Additional forms: 
    All of the sound recordings in this collection were digitized for research access in 2009-2010 and are available at the Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original sound tape reels for the archival notations on them, but original reels are not available for playback due to fragility.
    Bauermeister, Duchamp (spring 1963 interview only), Gottlieb (1964 interview only), Hultberg, Lam (Apr-May 1968 only), Lindner (1965 only), and Nevelson (1968 only): are transcribed.
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Colette Roberts (1910-1971) was an art critic and former director of the Grand Central Moderns Gallery, New York, N.Y.
    The papers of New York City and Paris art historian, educator, and gallerist Colette Roberts measure 10.2 linear feet and date from 1918 to 1971. Papers include correspondence, writings, teaching records, project proposals, gallery records from Grand Central Moderns Gallery, clippings, Roberts' printed articles, press releases, exhibition catalogs, posters, photographs, and a few works of art on paper. Also found are 124 interviews with contemporary artists conducted by Roberts.
    Significant correspondents include Sam Adler, Erwin Barrie, Hubert Damisch, George Deem, Mesdames de Harting and de Tinan, Lamar Dodd, Hélène Drude (Le Point Cardinal gallery), Arne Ekstrom, Albert M. Fine (Fluxus artist), Iqbal Geoffrey, R.G. Gilllet, Adolph Gottlieb, Cleve Gray, Leon Hartl, Jennett Lam, Alberto Cifolelli Lamb, Mike Nevelson, Norman Norotzky, Jacqueline Pavlowsky, Abe Rattner, Ad Reinhardt, H. Sandberg, Philippe Stern, Russell Twiggs, and Zuka.
    Writings by Roberts include manuscripts and articles about artists, writings about her own art, personal writings, working notes from interviews and classes, reviews, and translations between English and French.
    Among the personal records are Robert's files relating to teaching, charitable activities, and exhibitions. Also found are gallery records from Grand Central Moderns Gallery, including artist résumés, a card file of Page 3 artworks with provenance information, exhibition catalogs and announcements, membership records, posters, publicity, and sales records.
    Printed materials in the collection include clippings, Roberts' printed articles, press releases, and other exhibition catalogs and announcements. Photographs are of Roberts, artists, including Ad Reinhardt, classes, art spaces, and works of art. A small number of artworks on paper are also found, including Fluxus art stamps and a printed picture of Ray Johnson stamped "DOUGHNUT FESTIVAL."
    Documentation of interviews with artists conducted by Roberts includes a card index file, a few transcripts, and the original sound recordings. Most of the recordings are interviews with artists that Roberts created during a class she taught at New York University between 1957 and 1971 called "Meet the Artist," including Dorothy Dehner, John Ferren, Ray Johnson, Ivan Karp, Thérèse le Prat, Richard Lindner, Seong Moy, Brian O'Doherty, Man Ray, Ethel Schwabacher, Hedda Sterne, Marie Helena Vieira da Silva, and many others. In preparation for magazine articles, Roberts conducted more extensive interviews with Chryssa, Marcel Duchamp, Adolph Gottlieb, and Louise Nevelson. A few of the recordings of Marcel Duchamp were not created by Roberts. In addition to Roberts' interviews, a few scattered recordings of lectures, interviews conducted by people other than Roberts, and other miscellany are found among the sound recordings.
    Language Note: 
    Some of the interviews are in French.
    The sound recordings and transcripts of interviews with artists, were donated by Colette Roberts in 1970. The remaining papers were donated by her son, Richard B. Roberts, in 1973.
    Loc. of Assoc. Material: 
    A copy of a 1967 oral history with Adolf Gottlieb conducted by Dorothy Seckler for the Archives of American Art oral history program, which was found in Roberts' papers, has been returned to the Archives' oral history collection.
    Additional papers and recordings of Colette Roberts are held by Syracuse University Library Special Collections Research Center.
    Cite as: 
    Colette Roberts papers and interviews with artists, circa 1930-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
    Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
    Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews
    Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York
    Art historians -- New York (State) -- New York
    Art, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York
    Art -- Study and teaching
    Fluxus (Group of artists)
    Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York
    Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews
    Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century -- New York (State) -- New York
    Sculptors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews
    Johnson, Ray, 1927-
    Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967 -- Photographs
    Grand Central Moderns (Gallery)
    Le Point Cardinal (Gallery)
    New York University -- Faculty
    Form / Genre: 
    Sound recordings
    Repository Loc: 
    Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
    Local Number: 
    AAA robecoli
    Adler, Samuel, 1898-
    Albers, Josef
    Baber, Alice
    Bachet, F.
    Barrie, Erwin S., 1886-1983
    Bauermeister, Mary, 1934-
    Bearden, Romare, 1911-1988
    Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1988
    Bissière, Roger, 1888-1964
    Boxer, Stanley
    Bolotowsky, Ilya, 1907-1981
    Brooks, James, 1906-1992
    Botkin, Henry, 1896-1983
    Campbell, Kenneth, 1913-
    Candell, Victor, 1903-1977
    Cavallon, Giorgio, 1904-1989
    Chryssa, 1933-
    Cooke, Kathleen McKeith, 1908-1978
    Cunningham, Ben, 1904-1975
    Damisch, Hubert
    Day, John, 1932-1982
    Deem, George, 1932-2008
    Dehner, Dorothy, 1901-1994
    Dodd, Lamar
    Drude, Helene
    Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968
    Ekstrom, Arne H.
    Ernst, Jimmy, 1920-1984
    Ferren, John, 1905-1970
    Fine, Albert M.
    Geoffrey, J. Iqbal, 1939-
    Gillet, R. G.
    Gottlieb, Adolph, 1903-1974
    Gray, Cleve
    Guerrero, José, 1914-
    Hamilton, George Heard interviewer.
    Hamilton, Richard, 1922- interviewer.
    Hare, David, 1917-1992
    Hartl, Léon, 1889-
    Hayter, Stanley William, 1901-1988
    Holty, Carl, 1900-1973
    Hopkins, Budd, 1931-
    Hultberg, John, 1922-
    Huyghe, René
    Jenkins, Paul, 1923-2012
    Johnson, Ray, 1927-
    Kanovitz, Howard
    Karp, Ivan C., 1926-2012
    Kaupelis, Robert
    Lam, Jennett, 1911-
    Lamb, Alberto Cifolelli
    Landsman, Stanley, 1930-
    Le Prat, Thérèse
    Levee, John H., 1924-
    Lichtenstein, Roy, 1923-1997
    Lindner, Richard, 1901-1978
    Lund, David, 1925-
    Manso, Leo
    Marisol, 1930-
    Miles, Jeanne Patterson, 1908-1999
    Moy, Seong
    Natkin, Robert, 1930-
    Nesbitt, Lowell, 1933-1993
    Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988
    Nevelson, Mike, 1922-
    Norotzky, Norman
    Novak, Giora, 1934-
    O'Doherty, Brian
    Ortman, George, 1926-
    Parsons, Betty
    Pavlowsky, Jacqueline
    Pfriem, Bernard, 1916-
    Picabia, Gabrielle
    Rattner, Abraham
    Ray, Man, 1890-1976
    Reid, Robert Dennis, 1924-2000
    Reinhardt, Ad, 1913-1967
    Sandberg, H.
    Sarkis, 1909-1977
    Schwabacher, Ethel, 1903-1984
    Schapiro, Miriam, 1923-2015
    Smith, Leon Polk, 1906-1996
    Snelson, Kenneth, 1927-
    Soulages, Pierre, 1919-
    Soyer, Raphael, 1899-1987
    Stern, Philippe
    Sterne, Hedda, 1910-2011
    Tuttle, Richard, 1941-
    Twiggs, Russell, 1898-1991
    Venet, Bernar, 1941-
    Vieira da Silva, 1908-
    Vollmer, Ruth, 1903-1982
    Watts, Robert M., 1923-1988
    Wilson, Jane, 1924-
    Yunkers, Adja, 1900-1983
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