The artist's studio

Howard Hodgkin, Lower Long Dean, Wiltshire.

A brief enclave: Artists in Wiltshire in the 1960s

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Hester Westley

Hester Westley discusses the web of friendships between a group of artists and their young families living in Wiltshire in the 1970s.

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Anthony Caro's <i>Twenty Four Hours</i> (1960) and reverse of photograph, showing exhibition history and ownership by Clement Greenberg.

Coaching from the side lines: Sheila Girling and Anthony Caro

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Hester Westley

Hester Westley interrogates the choices painter Sheila Girling made in relation to her career when her sons were young, and suggests her crucial role in the work of her husband, the sculptor Anthony Caro.

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Anthony Caro in the yard of his London home.

Eavesdropping on Artists' Lives: The life and career of Anthony Caro

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Richard Wentworth

Artist Richard Wentworth muses on his experience of making his life story recording for Artists’ Lives, and responds to extracts from the recordings made by sculptor Anthony Caro and gallerist, John Kasmin.

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Kasmin (left), unknown figure, Sheridan Dufferin (right) with Kenneth Noland painting, 1968.

Playing it by ear: Kasmin in the 1960s

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Lisa Tickner

Lisa Tickner assesses the place of National Life Stories Artists’ Lives recordings in the context of art history research.

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Peter Blake and Richard Smith (right), as Royal College of Art students c. 1956, photographed by Robert Buhler.

'Why can't you draw the model like that?' Remembering the life room through Artists' Lives

Article by:
Thomas Powell

Thomas Powell tracks the shifts in attitudes to British art education between the 1920s and 1950s.

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Further themes

Art and money

Buying, selling, collecting and exhibiting: explore the world of art and money.

Curating

Changing ideas about art curation and gallery design.

Drawing

How do you learn to draw? Discover a multitude of varied responses to the life drawing room at art school.

Pop Art

The impact of advertising and pop culture on British artists in the 1960s.

Sculpture

Hear from a gallery owner and from artists how new materials used in the 1960s made it difficult for sculptors to find exhibiting spaces.

The artist's studio

Experience the artist's studio by listening to stories from behind the scenes.