Blake, Peter (23 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

  • Interviewees

    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 23: Tape 14: Side B: Description of working relationship with Leslie Waddington. Transport of work to galleries; remarks about Dick Smith’s maxim. Travelling on the underground and buses because now PB has bus pass. Description of Robert Fraser [RF]: his background; lists artists he represented; mentions Kasmin as the rival gallery and his artists. RF’s attitude to money: examples. RF’s final show for PB. RF’s Aids and return from India but PB with LW then. RF’s attitude to PB’s work. Description of the history of Sgt Pepper cover [see also Tape 14A]: DACS attempt to clear up copyright ownership through the courts. Comments on problem for LW that PB unable to finish work using example of Roxy cinema and Tarzan family. Practice of LW buying work before it’s finished and its resultant sense of obligation. Description of PB’s forthcoming show at W’s: works, themes, display. Remarks about guilt. LW noticing that ‘Venus Outing to Weymouth’ had no nipples. Mentions current work in progress. Procedure for pricing PB’s work at W and LW’s assistants. Comments on price of PB’s paintings. Anxieties about money. Taxes. Assets. Current car. Wealth in comparison to Damian Hirst. Accountant details. Financial arrangements with LW for whom works are an investment. Needing to trust your dealer. PB’s discontent before retirement. Attending W private views and dinners: details. LW friendly towards Chrissie. LW’s Christmas lunches and invitation to South of France.

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