Interview of Tony Vevers, conducted on August 25, 1998, by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Vevers speaks of being sent by his parents to the United States in 1940; secondary schooling in Madison, Connecticut and at the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut (1944); serving in the U.S. Army infantry in Europe, 1944-1946; attending Yale University on the GI Bill and graduating with a BA in painting and drawing, 1950; further art training in Florence, Italy and at the Hans Hofmann School, NYC (1950-1953); his marriage to Elspeth Halvorsen, fellow artist, 1953; his studies in Italy; the unexciting nature of contemporary Italian art; contemporary art in Paris, where Picasso impressed him but work of Hans Hartung and (Marie Elena) Vieira da Silva did not; studying with Hans Hofmann; working at the non-profit City Center Gallery, which was designed to give younger artists exposure through juried exhibitions; and living in poverty in NYC and Provincetown until 1963. Vevers also recalls Tom Blagden, Alfred Stieglitz, Deane Keller, Rudolph Zallinger, Claes Oldenburg, Stephen Pace, Lawrence Calcagno, Hans Hofmann, Milton Avery, Adolph Gottlieb, Jack Levine, Franz Kline, Louise Nevelson, Max Weber, Richard Lippold, and others.
Place of publication, production, or execution: Massachusetts
General Note: Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 49 min.
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Tony Vevers, 1998 July 9-August 25. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms: Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding: Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note: Tony Vevers (1926-2008) was a painter from Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Provenance: This interview is part of the Archives of American Art 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 administrators.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: Vevers, Tony, 1926-2008
interviewer: Brown, Robert F.
Subject: Pace, Stephen S.
Subject: Zallinger, Rudolph F.
Subject: Avery, Milton
Subject: Calcagno, Lawrence
Subject: Hartung, Hans
Subject: Vieira da Silva
Subject: Weber, Max
Subject: Halvorsen, Elspeth
Subject: Picasso, Pablo
Subject: Hofmann, Hans
Subject: Oldenburg, Claes
Subject: Kline, Franz
Subject: Lippold, Richard
Subject: Keller, Deane
Subject: Levine, Jack
Subject: Stieglitz, Alfred
Subject: Gottlieb, Adolph
Subject: Nevelson, Louise
Subject: Blagden, Tom
Subject: Yale University
Subject: United States.Army
Subject: United States
Subject: City Center Gallery
Subject: Operation Pied Piper
Subject: Hans Hofmann School (New York, New York)
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)12251
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216378
Record number: AAA_collcode_vevers98