Vaux, Marc (7 of 76).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2000-09-13, 2003-02-06, 2003-02-27, 2003-03-27, 2003-06-26, 2003-10-15, 2003-11-05

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Vaux, Marc, 1932- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 7: Tape 4: Side A: Marc Vaux [MV] discusses his work and the perspective required to view his work – “Marc Vaux eye level”; remarks on difficulties of short or too tall people viewing them; comments on a Hans Holbein work with a distorted skull; MV quite admired this work; MV comments on not having humour or any tricks in his own work; describes David Hockney work called ‘So-and-so Tripping Over a Fault in the Canvas’; remarks on Christo’s work – MV doesn’t think there’s an element of humour in his work; mentions he thinks no humour in Bill Turnbull’s work either. MV discusses his three-dimensional work; mentions recent trip to Barcelona and about how artists of “calibre” can work in any medium they like – mentions Picasso as a sculptor as well as painter. MV comments on architecture; admits he knows little about it except the ancient Roman and Greek orders; mentions modern buildings he likes: Stansted Airport, World Trade Centre, Mies van der Rohe’s building in New York, Empire State Building; remarks on friendship with Norman Foster [NF] going back to the sixties; differences between their relationship and that of MV and Bill Turnbull; mentions discussing Buckminster Fuller [BF] and the geodesic dome with NF. MV comments on Department of National Heritage having a painting of his; describes this painting as de Kooning-esque; painting is hanging in the Commonwealth offices in Whitehall. More on BF; describes him and clothes he wore; describes a lecture he gave; met him with NF; MV admired BF. Comments on NF and BF’s relationship. Describes NF’s house and a painting of MV’s hanging there.

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