Bowling, Frank (16 of 34).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2001-03-30, 2001-04-16, 2001-04-22, 2007-02-14, 2007-02-24, 2007-03-03, 2007-03-09, 2007-03-25, 2007-03-31

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Bowling, Frank, 1936- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Gooding, Mel, 1941- (speaker, male)

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    Part 16: Tape 8: Side B: FB’s New York visit 1964, details. Meeting Frank O’Hara, [FO] John Ashbery [JA] and others. LR’s series of lithographs called ‘Stones’. Details advice to FB to move to New York. Details FO’s skills and qualities. Ditto JA. Details homo- and bisexuality of members of gang. Details JA’s reportage as Paris correspondent for various art magazines. FB’s interview for Harkness Fellowship. FB’s wife PK to New York with LG and Alan Bowness [AB] 1964 to choose works for ‘54/64’ Tate show. PK’s miscarriage and other misfortunes there. FB’s work praised by Norbert Linton [NL], David Sylvester [DS], Andrew Forge [AF]. Details NL’s article in Art International. Why AB against having FB’s work in Tate show. Also left out of Whitechapel ‘New Generation’ show. FB’s decision to go to New York, July 1966. Details FO’s death. Details Stanley Bard [SB] owner Hotel Chelsea; taking FB painting in lieu of payment for rooms there. Details William Copley [WC] taking the painting plus 3 others of FB’s paintings. SB losing out. FB awarded Guggenheim 1967. Details FB’s part in LR’s movie ‘Round Trip’. FB’s escape from Chelsea Hotel. Buying his first loft on Beekman Street., details. Details FB’s stipend from Guggenheim. Details FB’s screen of Bowling’s Variety Store. Description his silk-screen painting then. His discovery of acrylic paint; his working method; his map paintings. Learning from LR to make stencil of maps, details. Mixed reaction from friends. Details Jasper Johns [JJ], his bank, his temperament, etc. Awakara’s paintings. Details FB’s Whitney show 1971; JJ’s reaction.

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