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Thur 23 Sept : American Art Tapes: Voices of 20th C Art: Nicolette Jones EVENT

Thur 23 Sept : American Art Tapes: Voices of 20th C Art: Nicolette Jones EVENT


ONLINE EVENT : TICKET ONLYJoin us on Zoom on Thursday September 23 at 6.30pm when author and Sunday Times book critic Nicolette Jones will be in conversation about her new book. Admission free with book purchase or £5 without (redeemable against a purchase on the night.) In 1965, British artist and university lecturer John Jones left the UK with his wife and daughters to live in the US for a year and interview some 100 artists. There the family lived in Greenwich Village, and spent three months on a road trip west to visit artists beyond the immediate reach of New York. Some of the artists (Yoko Ono and Claes Oldenburg for instance) became John Jones's personal friends. Other artists include Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Louise Bourgeois, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, Saul Steinberg, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler, Ad Reinhardt, Ed Ruscha, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Jim Dine, Robert Motherwell, Robert Indiana.


Jones's daughter Nicolette was young, but her memories of New York and their trans-American adventure are vivid. Published here for the first time, this book presents a fascinating selection of Jones's edited conversations with American artists practising in 1965-6. A foreword by Nicolette Jones contextualises the setting in which these interviews took place. Thanks to his personal interaction with the artists, and his knowledge of their work, Jones became the foremost expert in the art of this period in the UK. Amidst a unique family story, this is art presented not through the filter of art critics, but from the mouths of the practitioners. Jones's interviews explore a specific place and time: the USA in the 1960s, and are crucial reading for those wishing to understand the decade, the influence of American art and the British tradition on each other, and also anyone interested in the famous figures of the time, and the thinking that gave rise to this extraordinarily fertile creative moment.

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