Michael Bird talks about the Artists' Lives audio archive
The audio archive is the subject of Michael Bird's new book Studio Voices: Art and Life in 20th-Century Britain (Lund Humphries/British Library). The archive features the voices of painters Robert Medley, Gillian Ayres, Terry Frost, Peter Blake, Sandra Blow, Basil Beattie, Tess Jaray; sculptors Anthony Caro, Lynn Chadwick, Kenneth Armitage, Kim Lim, Roland Piché, Phyllida Barlow; and conceptual and performance artists Paul Neagu, John Latham, Barbara Steveni, Stuart Brisley, Michael Craig-Martin, Hamish Fulton.
40 artists feature in Michael's book, which stretches back to the early 20th century with the childhood memories of Michael Rothenstein and Eileen Agar, and into the first decades of the 21st century with the contributions of living practitioners Phyllida Barlow, who represented Britain at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and Lubaina Himid, who won the 2017 Turner Prize.
Michael Bird is a writer, art historian and broadcaster. He has written extensively on modern British art, including books on Sandra Blow (2005), Bryan Wynter (2010), Lynn Chadwick (2014) and George Fullard (2016), and The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time (2nd edn 2016). His history of art for children, Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories (2016), has become a world-wide bestseller. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and book reviewer for The Daily Telegraph. Michael’s new book, Studio Voices: Art and Life in 20th-Century Britain, draws on his research at the British Library as National Life Stories Goodison Fellow in 2016. He is currently Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Exeter.
Image: Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, late 1950s (photographer unknown)
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