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Blake, Peter (25 of 28).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:28:03

  • Shelf mark

    C466/168

  • Subjects

    Art

  • Recording date

    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

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 25: Tape 15: Side B: Story about RS’s small son’s comment on seeing Smith use a square canvas. Content of PB’s and RS’ conversations. Tate private view for ‘This Was Tomorrow’ like a reunion; Robert Freeman, Bob Whittaker, moaning with them about Apple. Story about copyright case brought by Apple against Adam Cooper, son of photographer Michael Cooper. Comments on diversity of 1960s art. On being able to see Metzger’s work at the exhibition. Comments on William Green’s use of the bicycle and effect of press criticism on his career; story about Jane English tracking him down in Sidcup and giving him a show. Unkind critics and their constant comparison of British artists with American ones. Anecdote about meeting and falling in love with Pauline Boty; her leukaemia, not visiting her because of recent marriage to Jann Haworth; tragedy of arriving at the Royal Marsden Hospital ten minutes after she had died. Initial meeting with John Schlesinger for ‘Pop Goes the Easel’: details. Story about meeting Ken Russell [KR] and advising him about other artists but not Boty who KR had already cast. Comments on Boty’s femisim, membership of The Uglies and influence of Sonia Delaunay on her work. Jann Haworth’s [JH] father, Ted Haworth, eminent Hollywood art director: details of films he had worked on. Meeting JH in 1963. Comments on The Sunday Times artist’s commission scheme with Philip Sutton, Hockney to Egypt; PB’s decision to go to Los Angeles and tragic consequence of journey for JH and PB. Paddy Chayevsky looked after PB and JH in LA. Train to LA from New York. Met by Ted in a gold corvette Stingray, which he lent to PB and JH; commencement of love for The Beach Boys music. Story about drawing in a Hollywood studio all day, emerging to discover that Kennedy had been shot. Mentions director Lee Thompson’s response to Kennedy’s assassination. Description of accidental discovery of JH’s infidelity. Awkwardness of sharing a house with mother-in-law Miriam Haworth, silk screen artist, when PB began living with Chrissie. Comments on the number of Haworth women.

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