Vaux, Marc (33 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)

  • Abstract

    Part 33: Tape 18: Side A: Marc Vaux [MV] comments on having supper with William Coldstream [WC] and Monica after MV had left the Slade; mentions that MV had drawn Monica as a model in the Slade life room; remarks on WC’s life class. Comments on MV’s dot and carry paintings pre-Slade. Comments on David Bomberg’s influence at Slade. Remarks on WC’s life class being the first time MV saw a naked woman; mentions MV met his wife, Jill, when she was a model at Central. Description of WC’s flat. MV discusses the ‘Artists’ Lives’ project, the importance of artists’ voices and intelligence; comments on the biography of Frank Stella – his lectures a better way to understand the artist than a biography; comments on Picasso biographies; writers like Clement Greenberg possibly trying to guide an artist rather than interpret what an artist might be doing; comments on Norbert Lynton’s writing on MV for New York show in 1989 at CICA (Centre for International Contemporary Arts). MV describes the aftermath of the 1998 show at Bernard Jacobson [BJ] Gallery; comments on the fear that fixing elements (screws) in pieces might have been too obstrusive but there was a positive response to this aspect; on the illuminating and accurate review by Richard Ingleby in ‘The Independent’; two-thirds of the works were sold including constructed piece from 1994 to the Tate previously shown at Redfern; MV’s work in BJ’s gallery compared to Redfern.

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