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

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:26:57

  • 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 28: Tape 19: Side B: Comments on Chrissie Blake’s [CB] and PB’s anti-fur sentiments, CB’s vegetarianism. PB’s love of meat. Description of work done for PB by Michael Fraser, former Tate publicity officer and executor of PB’s will. Fraser’s background, work ethic and routine at PB’s. Anecdote about Fraser telling CB about his sexual orientation. Comments on making a will and mortality. Reflects on the future of PB’s studio and legacy. What Shirley and PB bought with their inheritance; mentions father’s model railway. Reflects on the complexity of PB’s legacy. Reflections on PB’s place and legacy in the history of art; mentions Dorment’s review of ‘This Was Tomorrow: Art of the Sixties’. Remarks about success and fame. Mentions price achieved for PB print at charity auction [2004]. Current stability and forthcoming shows ‘One to Ten’, ‘Marcel Duchamp’s World Tour’. Reasons for not smiling in photographs. Comments on Jorge Lewinsky’s photographs of PB and on Snowdon’s ‘Private View’ images. Comparison of Snowdon’s and Patrick Lichfield’s photograph of Liberty; mentions Terence Donovan. Poses. Remarks about Lewinsky. Daughters’ births: details. Mentions that Liberty was born at same time as John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s stillborn child in same hospital. Daisy’s birth at the exclusive Portland Hospital. Substantial reflections on different experiences of daughters’ births. Description of attending Daisy’s birth.

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