Interview of Alexander Stoller, conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1976.
Stoller speaks of first becoming interested in sculpture as a child; leaving school in order to work for Metro Pictures and J. Walter Thompson; taking night classes in art as well as classes at the Art Students League; traveling to Italy to study sculpture; exhibiting in Paris and New York; his sense of the architectural quality of sculpture; and the change in the climate of American art in the 1940s. Stoller also recalls George Bridgman, Maurice Sterne, Kimon Nicolaides, Thomas Hart Benton, John Carroll, Max Weber, Leo Lentelli, Reuben Nakian, Gaston Lachaise, Paul Manship, Charles Despiau, Curt Valentin, and others.
Place of publication, production, or execution: United States
General Note: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 2 min.
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Alexander Stoller, 1976 December 10. 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: Alexander Stoller (1902-1994) was a sculptor from Massachusetts.
Provenance: These interviews are 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 others.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: Stoller, Alexander, 1902-1994
interviewer: Brown, Robert F.
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)13051
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)213136
Record number: AAA_collcode_stolle76