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The following is an edited transcription of the conversation I had with David Hockney while recording the Radio 4 Documentary “Back in LA” Martin Gayford There are 82 portraits (and one still life) in your new exhibition at the Royal … Continue reading
In the third talk of the series, I remember the legendary cornettist Ruby Braff. The episode will be broadcast at 22:45 on 18/03/2015.
In the second talk of the series, I remember the British pianist Marian McPartland, who spend six decades at the heart of the New York jazz scene. The episode will be broadcast at 22:45 on 17/03/2015.
Writing in 1960, at the age of 72, Giorgio de Chirico contemplated his long career in art with complete satisfaction. Looking back he saw only, “consistent progress, a regular and persistent march towards those summits of mastery which were achieved by a … Continue reading
There is something extremely British about marking the beginning of an era with a political sex scandal. These are of course a national specialty, going back at least to the late Georgian days of the Prince Regent, with his mistress … Continue reading
This drawing – reproduced on page 199 of A Bigger Message:Conversations with David Hockney, was drawn by David Hockney on his ipad. To see the iPad … Continue reading
The record of a decade of conversations with the painter David Hockney, this book reveals the fruits of his lifelong meditations on the problems and paradoxes of representing a three dimensional world on a flat surface, told with a characteristic passion … Continue reading
One evening during 2004, while I was posing for a painting that was eventually entitled, `Man with a Blue Scarf`. Lucian Freud got on to the subject of a fellow artist, but not one with whom one would normally link him: the German exponent performance and installation Joseph Beuys. They had not, as it turned out, got on at all well, and one of the reasons for this lack of sympathy was romantic. Continue reading
Vegetarians and vegans are outraged, I read, over Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Journalists scent a good story, though not the odor of decaying beef (reports claim it smelled good). We in the art world, meanwhile, have a different problem to … Continue reading
An exhibition of Frank Auerbach’s 1950s paintings of London building sites opens at the Courtauld Gallery this month. Martin Gayford visits the artist in his north London studio to talk about his long engagement with paint. Portraits by David Dawson. … Continue reading