De Francia, Peter (18 of 20). National Life Stories Collection: Artists' Lives.

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    2000-02-24, 2000-03-23, 2000-05-15, 2000-07-20, 2000-08-11, 2000-09-28, 2000-10-04, 2001-02-14

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    Interviewee's home in London

  • Interviewees

    De Francia, Peter, 1921-2012 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    The discussion turns to John Golding's curating a forthcoming exhibition of Picasso and Matisse and discusses the nature of reputations and the problems of critical and historical designations such as modernism. He expresses anxiety about the role of curators today. This turns into reflections on his own work where he briefly sums up his artistic achievement, including some regrets. Talking about his non-relationship to the commercial artworld, he refers to not wishing to spare the time required to maintain one. This leads on to some discussion of property and his disinterest in it which evolves into a discussion of the collapse of public housing in the Eastern Block.

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