PRINT April 1966

A Decade of Edward Kienholz

EDWARD KIENHOLZ WAS BORN IN 1927 in Fairfield, Washington, near the Washington-Idaho border. The son of a farming family, Kienholz was expected to become a rancher and was diligently taught the skills of carpentry and plumbing, basic mechanics and engineering. In grade and high school in Fairfield, he was active in the choir, played French horn in the band and won letters in baseball, basketball and football. He attended Eastern Washington College of Education, left after a semester and a half to study for varying but brief periods at a half-dozen colleges in the West. To support himself he worked successively in a hospital, managed a dance band, bought and sold cars, owned a bootleg club, did window display, sold vacuum cleaners, was an attendant in a mental institution, opened a restaurant (“The Black Boris”), ran a foreign car agency, did “crepe and core-a-buff” liquor display and worked

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