Martin, Frank (8 of 14). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives
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1997-08-11 to 1997-08-13
Interviewee's home, East Portlemouth, Devon, United Kingdom
Martin, Frank, 1914-2004 (speaker, male)
Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)
Part 8. Development of the sculpture department at St Martin's (continued); description of the increase in abstract work in the department, and influence of Anthony Caro; new ways of organising the teaching in the department, the adoption of new materials, and problems of materials supply. Description of relations between department staff and galleries, including Grabowski and Waddington galleries; impact of Caro's first exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery on Bryan Robertson. Frank Martin's (FM) insistence that staff must keep up their own practice while teaching; discussion of relationships amongst the staff, and of Caro's early experiments. Discussion of FM's own work and effect of developments at St Martin's on it; discussion of the varieties of work which developed at St Martin's, including work of Richard Long; organisation of the various courses in sculpture at St Martin's. Remarks on film by Christopher Burstall comparing St Martin's and Royal College of Art; appointment of Peter Atkins (Peter Kardia) to staff of St Martin's; remarks on Jocelyn Stevens as head of Royal College.
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