Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Woodward, James

  • Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Woodward, James
  • Woodward, James, Interviewee
  • Masters, David, Interviewer
  • 2 sound files, digital, MPEG3 file
  • The following names and terms were used in this interview:John Corbino, Louise Kenyon, Ann Brockman, St. Miguel, Bill McNulty, Paul Kenyon, Ross Burton, Stuart Davis, H.E. Davidson, Taos New Mexico.
  • Linda Brayton and David Masters, principal oral historians; Interviewer(s):David Masters (7/6/1978).
  • TRACKS: Born in Duluth, Minn., came and spent a year as a monitor in the Cape Ann School of Art -- Ginny Savage's jungle -- Painters admired, Thieme knows how to push paint -- Ann Brockman -- An important if controversial view of what's happening on the Cape and in Rockport in particular, the Rockport Art Association -- Art should offend - or at least make you react art vs facility and craft -- Art and conservatism, You're coming here with preconceived ideas -- Van Gogh - The man wrote as well as he painted -- You couldn't afford it if you wanted to come to paint Cape Ann now as an unknown artist -- Writing and painting, the Henry is Henry Miller -- An interesting view of individualism vs. conformity, Sometimes the greatest conformity exists in an atmosphere that is anti establishment -- Synonon (the game), why some people never leave school -- Can an artist reconcile money making and art making -- Some thoughts on creativity - a very lonely business -- It's a social club - nobody gets hurt -- You can have creative living and not have creative art -- Financial success or lack of it -- Advertising art, commercial art vs. art - you have to decide -- No room for expansion and growth -- Technique vs. artistic statement, Theme -- Primitive art -- Sometimes you have magnificent technique but there's nothing there -- Old hopes -- Mr. Woodward describes himself as a softcore idealist - but very practical.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • Originally issued on sound cassettes and transferred to compact discs.
  • 07-06-1978
  • [Gloucester, Mass] : Sawyer Free Library


Woodward, James, Interviewee and Masters, David, Interviewer, “Toward an oral history of Cape Ann : Woodward, James,” NOBLE Digital Heritage, accessed June 20, 2021,


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