Oral Histories

Interview of Edward Kienholz

Installation and assemblage artist.
Los Angeles Art Community: Group Portrait, Edward Kienholz
Los Angeles Art Community - Group Portrait
Biographical Note:
Installation and assemblage artist.
Weschler, Lawrence
Kienholz, Edward
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the material are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
13 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series includes interviews with prominent Los Angeles-based visual artists and other members of the art establishment whose careers span the period from the 1920s through the 1970s. It documents the art community of the pre-World War II period and the rise of Los Angeles as a nationally recognized art center in the postwar period. Funding for this series was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Childhood in Fairfield, Washington; experiences on farm; impact of rural life on ethical development; early art interest and experience; sense of self as artist upon arrival in Los Angeles, 1952; paintings on wood and paper; comparison of Los Angeles and San Francisco art scenes; Felix Landau's gallery; building Now Gallery, 1956; Walter Hopps; opening Ferus Gallery behind Streeter Blair's antique shop; Camille Blair; Coronet Louvre Gallery; Bob Alexander; Action I and Action II shows; Jay DeFeo, Sonia Gechtoff, and other San Francisco artists; construction of Ferus Gallery; Ferus exhibitions; Los Angeles versus New York art scenes; Wallace Berman, Billy Al Bengston, Gil Henderson, Craig Kauffman, and other artists; Pasadena Art Museum exhibition, 1961; Virginia Dwan and Dwan Gallery; European artists of Dwan group in Los Angeles; friendship with Monte and Betty Factor; obsolescence of galleries and museums;The Illegal Operation, The Back Seat Dodge '38, The Beanery, Roxy's, The State Hospital, and other works; show at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966; censorship attempts during 1966 show; reception of work in Europe; work in Berlin; future of German art; influence on young German artists; comparison of Los Angeles art scenes, 1959 and 1969; decision to leave Los Angeles.