Smith, Richard (7 of 24).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2010-09-15, 2010-09-16, 2011-10-03, 2011-10-31, 2011-11-04, 2015-06-24

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    Interviewee's studio at Patchogue, Long Island, America; British Library, London; Richard Smith’s 2011 exhibition at Flowers, Cork Street gallery

  • Interviewees

    Smith, Richard, 1931-2016 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 7: [34:38] Richard Hamilton cont. RS bought Mini when returned from New York. Hamilton’s wife, Terry; mentions their children. Mentions Rita Donagh. Hamilton’s work. Mentions Mel Ramos. Degree to which RS and Hamilton discussed each other’s work; period when RS was doing large 3-D paintings eg Gift Wrap. [7:21] RS close to Denny and his wife, Anna [Teasdale]; holiday in Europe together; Denny’s character. [13:16] RS’s friendship with Peter Blake; shared accommodation, parties; music. [17:01] RS’s girlfriend, Enid Irving. Student life in Notting Hill Gate. [19:37] TC’s Soup Kitchen; BS had been a girfriend of TC (RS didn’t know her at this time). Letter collage RS did with Blake (cannot remember image). Michael Chow a doorman at ICA; RS’s kite piece with knots for Chow’s London restaurant (c 1970) where work remains. [24:54] RS’s articles and collage for ARK at RCA; Roger Coleman. [26:57] RS reading Marshall Mcluhan’s Mechanical Bride re influence of advertising. RS’s absorption commercial imagery into work. Bryan Robertson’s purchase of RS work for museum. RS’s attitude to advertising, American magazines; RS was a consumer although aware of manipulation of advertising. Recalls vodka advertisment, Bert Stern, photographer. Didn’t consider going into advertising himself. Advertising overtly in RS’s work after came to America in 1959.

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