Rothenstein, Michael. (9 of 10). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    interviewee's home, United Kingdom

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    Rothenstein, Michael, 1908- (speaker, male)

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    Gooding, Mel, (speaker, male)

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    Part 9. Influence of Jasper Johns and Philip Guston. Discussion of Rothenstein's drawing style and use of colour, and of his urban imagery in the 1980s, particularly his 'Subway'; comparison with Posada and folk art; also nature imagery of this period, and influence of Romanesque church architecture. Discussion of the connections between Rothenstein's constructions and two-dimensional work; of diversity and Side B: Discussion of difficulties in using photographs in printmaking (continued); defaced photographs in 'Fathers', 'Letters home' and 'The Price sisters'. Violent imagery in 'Jags' series, and participation in 'Violence' exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Rothenstein's box constructions, and violence in work of the 1970s; his view of the impact of the photographic media on experience; symbolism in his assemblage concerning the murder of Anna Succioni; his use of studio objects in his work; the influence of Joseph Cornell change in an individual artist's style; and of the need for an artist constantly to rethink his approach when faced with modern art and the development of the visual mass media.

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    Michael Rothenstein interviewed by Mel Gooding: full transcript of the interview

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