Kelly, Mary (4 of 10).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-13, 2004-09-14

  • Recording locations

    The British Library, London

  • Interviewees

    Kelly, Mary, 1941- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4: Tape 2: Side B: MK comments on cultural changes in United States, refers to Garcia Lorca and notion of 'duende'; talks about socialising with black Nigerian students. Background to opportunity to study at Pius XII Institute [P XII I] in Florence through Cardinal Spellman; recalls details of voyage on cruise liner in Autumn 1963 en route via Genoa to Florence. Describes Pius XII Institute and painting views of Fiesole from San Domenico on Via Boccaccio (named after Decameron); mentions Fra Filippo Lippi, Andrea del Sarto; refers to concert pianist, Robert Casadesus. Mentions tutors like Corelli, curator of Uffizi; refers to thesis subject Masso di Banco and describes influence of Corelli's teaching methods when studying Masaccio in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine. Formative influence of music teaching, [refers to Mozart, Bartok, Beethoven ] on MK's thinking and artistic practice in relation to colour. Recalls important influence on MK's development of College teacher, trained as Abstract Expressionist; refers to systematic approach achieved by time MK arrived at Central St. Martin's, London. Comments on luxury of uninterrupted study in Florence and visits to Pisa, Padua, Arezzo; visits to Munich. Anecdote about visiting Piero della Francesca's frescoes in Arezzo. Describes good 'buddies' in Florence. Circumstances relating to MK's appointment as teacher at Beirut College for Women (now known as the Lebanese/American University) of Beirut, Lebanon. Details of MK's trip to United States via Europe on student boat. Remarks on Italian men. Anecdote about sojourn in Beirut. Talks about influence of Zen Buddhism on series of drawings and collages executed whilst in Beirut and shown at Gallery One, Beirut where MK met first husband. Refers to socio/intellectual divisions in Beirut society.

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