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titleBraunstein/Quay Gallery records, 1961-1997.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleCorrespondence, artists' files, printed and financial material, and miscellany covering the Braunstein/Quay Gallery and its earlier-named galleries- Quay Gallery, Ruth Braunstein's Quay Gallery, Braunstein Gallery as well as Quay Ceramics Gallery.

REELS 2301-2302: Papers covering the period 1961-1974, including general correspondence of director Ruth Braunstein with artists, galleries, clients, and others; files on artists, exhibitions, and art events containing correspondence, biographical and printed material, and photographs; press releases; exhibition announcements; financial material; consignment lists; photographs of the gallery, works of art, exhibition installations and openings, and people associated with the gallery; and miscellany.

UNMICROFILMED ADDITION Financial records, exhibition loan agreements, invoices, correspondence, and artists files containing exhibition announcements, slides, and correspondence. Artists files include John Altoon, Bruce Connor, Richard Shaw, Joe Goode, Ursula Schneider, Ed Kienholz, Nell Sinton, Peter Voulkos, Helen Cohn, Calvin and Ruby Black, Dale Chihuly, and others.
extent24.3 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 2 reels) reels 2301-2302
formatsCorrespondence Financial Records Photographs Slides
accessMicrofilmed portion must be consulted on microfilm. Use of unmicrofilmed portion requires an appointment and is limited to Washington, D.C. office.
record source
finding aidReels 2301-2302: List of files on artists', exhibitions, and art events available at AAA offices.
acquisition informationDonated 1974-1998 by Ruth Braunstein, who is the director of the gallery.
updated02/07/2020 18:19:14

titleInterview with Richard Shaw [videorecording] / Archives of American Art; Paul J. Karlstrom, interviewer; David Bolt, director
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleAn interview of ceramist Richard Shaw conducted by Paul J. Karlstrom for the Archives of American Art at Shaw's home and studio, Fairfax, Calif., and at the Quay Gallery, San Francisco, Calif. The video was directed by David Bolt, the cameraman was Robert Boudreaux, and sound technician was William Steffanacci. In addition to Shaw, other participants include Shaw's wife, Martha; Ruth Braunstein, owner of the Braunstein/Quay Gallery; Pauletta Chanco, painter and former student; and James Melchert, sculptor and art administrator.

The interview covers the development of Shaw's career, life, and art. The first session took place in Shaw's studio and introduces his living and working environment. Shown is a step-by-step technical demonstration of Shaw creating his trompe l'oeil ceramic pieces. Shaw discusses his family background, values, his choice of a semi-rural environment of Marin County in which to live; bohemianism; connections with the counter-culture of northern California; relationships with other artists and friends and their importance to the development of his ideas and creativity; the differences in art communities of northern and southern California and the East and West coasts; experiences at the San Francisco Art Institute and instructors there which influenced him, as well as the influences of San Francisco in general. He described his illusionism, alchemy of technique, and his artistic philosophy and goals in his art.

The second session took place at the Braunstein/Quay Gallery where a Shaw exhibit was then on display. The interview focused on his work, their meaning, and the evolution of ideas and expressions; his collaboration with Robert Hudson; the idea of a broader collaboration in the Bay Area over the years, especially in the 1960s, and the changes since then; and Shaw's reflections on the importance of ceramics in Bay Area art, his role, and direction for the future.

Bio / His Notes:
Ceramist, sculptor; San Francisco Bay Area, Calif.
extentMaster: 12 videocassettes (Beta) (30 min. each) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. + typescript (407 pgs.) Duplicate: 12 videocassettes (30 min. each) (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Edited version: "Richard Shaw : Love of the Common Object": 1 videocassette (60 min.) (Beta) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. Edited version: "Richard Shaw: Love of the Common Object": 1 videocassette (10 min.) (VHS) sd., col.: 1/2 in.
formatsVideo recording
accessUse requires an appointment.
record source
acquisition informationThis interview was conducted as part of AAA's Oral History/Video Project, with funding provided by the Mrs. Yoshiko Mori Fund.
updated11/12/2014 11:29:55