Blake, Peter (11 of 28).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2003-04-22, 2003-06-12, 2003-07-03, 2003-09-04, 2003-11-24, 2003-12-15, 2004-03-22, 2004-07-08, 2004-08-06, 2004-11-11, 2005-02-07

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    Interviewee's studio, London

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    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 11: Tape 6: Side B: Description of Booth-Clibborn book, its authors and contents. Summary of PB exhibitions; mentions ‘About Collage’. Details of forthcoming exhibitions at the London Institute Gallery. Story of 1961 show at the Sydney Jannis gallery of mixed British and American pop artists and decision never to show in New York again. Story of National Gallery [NG] residency and ‘Now We Are 64’ exhibition coinciding with PB’s notion of ‘conceptual retirement’ from the art world and future shows as ‘encores’. Discusses American show including ‘Appropriating Jack Pearson’ collages, lady wrestlers series, and panels from the NG, ‘The Return to Venice Beach, The Reunion’. Comments on diversity of PB’s work in comparison to Auerbach. Purchase and range of painting materials and canvases: details. Reasons for not stretching own canvases. Anecdote about Terence Donovan’s [TD] visit to PB and his comment about CB ironing. Reflects on TD’s suicide. Buying TD’s unused canvases and PB’s projected plans for using them ‘in memory of TD’. Comments on origin of ‘Is It Too Late to Be an Abstract Expressionist?’ arising from watching Dick Smith work and exhibited in Japan when Pop Art ‘at its lowest ebb’. Decision to stage own revival show ‘Déjà vu’ described. PB’s admiration for Ellsworth Kelly. Lettering and methods used. Description of drawings and Waddington’s lack of interest in drawing. Mentions role as RA Professor of Drawing, drawing at the circus and current visit by circus to Turnham Green. Note books and tracings to be shown in forthcoming exhibition ‘1 to 10’.

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