Blake, Peter (24 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 24: Tape 15: Side A: [8 July 2004] Comments on response to ‘This is Tomorrow’ [1956] and ‘This was Tomorrow; Art of the 60s’ exhibition at Tate Britain [2004]. Display and exhibition of PB’s work at the Tate: details. Comments on Nick Serota. Surprise at not having work included in ‘Art of the Garden’ [2004]. PB’s period of unpopularity with the Tate c1990-2002. Response to Waldemar Januszczak’s criticism of PB’s ‘Self-Portrait with Badges’ [SPWB]: sociological significance of PB’s denim suit and badges. Mentions discussion with Michael Craig-Martin and Chrissie about critics. Brian Sewell’s [BS] ‘vendetta’ against Hockney, Kitaj and PB. Description of BS’ malicious and mendacious review of ‘Now We Are 64’ [1996/7]; seeking legal advice and decision not to sue. Reflects on works exhibited at ‘Now We Are 64’. Relations with the media: comments on The Times ‘Relative Values’ interview. Comments on references to Gainsborough and Watteau in ‘SPWB’. Reasons for PB’s melancholy appearance in portrait. Painting from a reflection. Anecdote about David Bailey talking about the women he had slept with. Mentions Pauline Boty. Comments on pride felt at having painted ‘SPWB’ and ‘On the Balcony’. Remarks about PB’s ‘late period’, no longer upset by critics. Lists critics admired. Admiration for Richard Smith’s [RS] work in ‘This Was Tomorrow’; comments on crossovers between RS and PB’s work in 1961. Mentions Gwyther Irwin, Gustav Metzger. Mentions recent telephone conversation with RS.

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