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The Pursuit of Art by Martin Gayford

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We are delighted to welcome acclaimed art critic and author Martin Gayford to talk about his new book The Pursuit of Art.

Travels, Encounters and Revelations.

In the course of a career thinking and writing about art, Gayford has travelled all over the world both to see works of art and to meet artists.

We hope you join us as he shares tales of Journeys, often to fairly inaccessible places, involve frustrations and complications as well as serendipitous encounters, conversations and outcomes, which he makes as much part of the story as the final destination.

In The Pursuit of Art, Gayford recounts journeys as varied as those to see Brancusi’s Endless Column in Romania, prehistoric cave art in France, the museum island of Naoshima in Japan, the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas, and Anselm Kiefer’s extraordinary ‘underworld’ at Barjac, France.

Interwoven with these tales are other journeys, to meet artists – Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris, Marina Abramović ́in Venice and Robert Rauschenberg in New York, for example – or travels with artists, such as being with Gilbert & George in Beijing or to see Roni Horn and her work in Iceland. These encounters not only provide insights into the way artists approach and think about their art, but also reveal the importance of their personal environments. And in the process, Gayford discusses how these meetings impact on his own evolving ideas and tastes.

The Pursuit of Art grew out of a series of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. Gayford has added many more stories and is a perceptive and well-informed companion, sharing the highs and lows of cultural travel in this enjoyably readable collection.

‘It’s not years, months, hours and minutes, it’s intensity that counts.’ Henri Cartier-Bresson to Martin Gayford


Tickets £4 (redeemable against the price of The Pursuit of Art by Martin Gayford).

Includes a glass of wine/soft drink.

About the author:

Martin Gayford is art critic for The Spectator. His books include Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, David Hockney: A Bigger Message and Rendez-vous with Art (with Philippe de Montebello), Modernists & Mavericks, and he is also the co-author with David Hockney of A History of Pictures, all published by Thames & Hudson.






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