Hambling, Maggi. (9 of 22). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    1995-10-24 and 1995-10-27 and 1995-11-13 and 1995-11-21 and 1995-11-28 and 1995-12-11 and 1996-01-26

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    Interviewee's studio, London, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Hambling, Maggi, 1945- (speaker, female)

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    Gooding, Mel (speaker, male)

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    Part 9. (Recording 28th November 1995) Further details Robert Medley. [Repeats some of the material on the previous tape spoilt by interference.] Medley's comment on Euan Uglow and Ingres. Medley on Howard Hodgkin and Omega. Medley's lack of confidence about his work. Vera Russell's comment on Medley's status as a painter. Maggi Hambling's (MH) feelings at stage of leaving Camberwell; had acknowledged her sexuality. Gateways Club. Affair with bus conductress, 'Moses'. Postgraduate period at Slade. Robyn Denny was MH's tutor. During summer 1967, between Camberwell and Slade, was offered show of work done at Camberwell with Laurie Morrison, who ran Hadleigh Gallery, details. First term at Slade; painting large canvas of light bulb; bought by John A. Walker. White box on wall, out of which came plaster cast of right hand. Painting on peg-board, 'Magic Moments'. Harold Cohen. Painted wood simple gate, hinged wall piece. Mobile triangle suspended in front of box on wall, 'Mostly Yellow or Mostly White, According to the Breeze'. Move away from abstract painting linked to political instincts. Abandoned painting; with two fellow students built audio-visual environment, 'A Space of Five Times', details. Vera Russell and John Berger both came to see the piece. Ironic that there was no general public response despite socialist principles; piece went to Grabowski Gallery, January 1970. MH making conceptual art towards end of her time at the Slade, 'Street Works', details.

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