Vaux, Marc (41 of 76). National Life Stories: Artists' Lives
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2000-09-13, 2003-02-06, 2003-02-27, 2003-03-27, 2003-06-26, 2003-10-15, 2003-11-05
Interviewee's studio, London
Vaux, Marc, 1932- (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 41: Tape 22: Side A: Marc Vaux [MV] mentions that his time at Corsham didn’t overlap with Feiler or Lanyon and Auerbach had left Slade by time MV was a student. MV comments on group of students at Slade who were influenced by Bomberg – these were the “stars” who won the prizes – were the group who followed Coldstream – example Euan Uglow [EU]; experimentalists looking towards USA – this included MV. MV comments on Lawrence Alloway [LA] berating MV publicly for de Kooning influence; EU spoke up in MV’s support; on MV’s Arts Council prize from exhibition where LA criticised him. MV further discusses the processes of finding artistic identity as a young man; mentions Mondrian, Barnett Newman and Rothko; on MV’s work from his de Kooning phase; on his late 1959/60 work influenced by Elsworth Kelly – were first paintings MV made which were recognisably personal; ‘Untitled 1960’ image on Redfern Gallery invitation for 1993 exhibition; on drawings from this period; some in early ‘Situation’ exhibitions; ‘Situation’ seen as opposition to Cornwall school paintings – urban, London, influenced by U.S. abstract expressionism. More on ‘Situation’ group – including Turnbull and Harold Cohen; mentions British Council, Arts Council; Marlborough took on a contingent of the ‘Situation’ artists; mentions Anthony Caro; MV no desire to be part of a group. MV recalls evening at Ian Tyson’s; talking to John Carter about Constructivist movement; on MV’s relation to the Constructivists; MV more in tune with Robert Ryman, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Larry Bell; MV doesn’t want to be pinned down by Constructivists positions and theories.