Ayres, Gillian. (13 of 19). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    1999-14-08 and 1999-15-08 and 1999-17-11 and 2000-08-01

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Cornwall, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Ayres, Gillian, 1930- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Gooding, Mel, (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 13. Gillian Ayres [GA] recounts story of JL’s mutilation of a book from St. Martin’s library entitled ‘Art and Culture’ by Clement Greenberg to make an art piece; reaction by the staff; Museum of Modern Art in New York buys the work. Describes FG’s work; family post-Impressionist from Camden Town; mentions Frank Martin; GA mentions her fondness for FG. Comments on Coldstream reforms; FG’s opinion. Discussion of teaching styles at St. Martin’s in the mid-seventies; mentions John Thompson. Comments on friendship with BM; his influence on GA. Description of GA’s show at the Women’s Inter-Art Centre, New York, 1976. Detailed discussion of GA’s seeing the HH show in Washington; Darby Barnard’s role; affected GA’s use of colour; changed GA’s perspective on what’s possible in art; heavily influenced GA; GA mentions being influenced by Les Murray (Australian poet).

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