Smith, Richard (14 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)

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    Part 14: [3:09:01] RS and Michael Craig-Martin, Merce Cunningham company performance, 2011; Cunningham performances RS has seen in past; John Cage and his circle. Craig-Martin, Jan Hashey. [This section closed for 10 years until September 2026 [00:05:54-00:10:18]] [13:10] RS and BS’ wedding. Chippy Irvine, Keith Irvine. Agnes Martin, refers to printer Kathan Brown. RS’ reaction to Martin’s comment ‘it’s not a step’ in relation to his own work. [26:30] After wedding, RS and BS to Cape Cod, June – October, work RS made, including Sphinx pieces; BS’ uncle. RS’ brother-in-law [Rowland Scherman], his wife, Joan; Stephen Buckley. RS’ in-laws; Burt Wall, Beth Wall. [36:44] RS’ residency at University of Virginia. [RS coughs] [42:25] RS and teaching in America. University of Irvine, California; David Hockney; colleagues at Irvine; mentions own work at this time. Davis, University of California. Mentions Crown Point Press, Oakland, where RS made prints commissioned by Bernard Jacobson. Teaching Nancy Rubins. [RS and interviewer consult catalogues] Diana Fuller, RS showing in her gallery. West Coast art world. [56:10] RS reiterates he has no memory of collaborating as curator on exhibition in England with Harold Cohen [NLS C466/289]. Brief comments on British painters. Recent opening of show in Providence, Rhode Island at Rhode Island School of Design, Made In the UK; Town and Country, RS painting in relation to St Ives artists; Richard Brown Baker. [1:00:00] Comments on Bill Jacklin; and Richard Long. [1:07:40] RS and Kasmin’s gallery. Degree to which RS felt part of a group of artists in the 1960s, showing in Venice Biennale. Memory of visiting [Marcel] Duchamp at his home. Julian Letherbridge, friend of Mark Lancaster; mentions Ann Bass. [1:15:00] 1966, works RS showed in Venice. One-man show, Venice, 1970; British Council. Alan Bowness; refers to Ben Nicholson; degree to which RS regrets moving to America; potential knighthood. 1970 Venice exhibition. Memories of making Riverfall, now in Tate. Feelings about having work in Tate collection. Mentions a lunch is being held for him in Flowers gallery the day after current recording session, Nicholas Serota will attend. Serota and RS’ show at Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; RS having room dedicated to him at Tate when he was seventy. Painting, The Typographer, which RS gave to Tate. [1:38:33] Work 1970 RS Venice show; refers to Max Gordon, David Gordon, Richard Feigen. RS works, Amazone; Gazebo (destroyed). Liking of exhibition spaces where there are curtains dividing the room. Comments on downstairs room at Flowers, Cork Street. Gazebo; Richard Feigen, RS’ Venice show; Torcello party. Work which RS made in Italy, c 1968. [RS coughs] Beatrice Monti, her Milan gallery. [RS coughs] [1:56:05] RS, BS, Edward to Rhodes after 1970 Venice Biennale. Friendship with Polly Hope. [1:59:00] RS painting, A Whole Year and Half a Day. [2:02:05] Gallery, Garage; Tony Stokes. [2:07:45] RS’s show at Tate [Seven Exhibitions 1961-1975]; Michael Compton. Robert Morris. [2: 15:50] Plans to have retrospective of drawings at Flowers. Refers to work made for Michael Chow in Los Angeles. Brief reference to Gazebo. RS work and Yale Center for British Art. [2:20:00] Degree to which RS went back and forth to America when living in Wiltshire. [2:20:40] Artists with whom RS swapped work. Art in RS’ current bedroom. [2:22:45] RS and Bernard Jacobson, making prints; discussion of works in catalogue [confirms this was Flowers catalogue at [2:39:35] . [2:27:00] Overview of work and life between 1970 and 2000. BS and RS, their changing relationship, their homes [RS coughs]. [2:39:35] Refers to works in catalogue. Bernard Jacobson; his current show of Robert Motherwell drawings; RS mentions his own drawings. [2:45:00] [RS coughs] RS’ residency on Guernsey; Eric Snell. [2:54:25] RS and Flowers gallery; making monoprints in Penzance. Comments on relationship with galleries over his career [coughs]. [2:55:59]

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