Michael Craig-Martin (2)

The first talk this morning was Michael Craig-Martin talking about his long career as an artist:  starting at Yale where Josef Albers was a dominant influence with the teaching which led to The Interaction of Color;  his first teaching job at the Bath Academy of Art, where he was hired in 1966 by Clifford Ellis who had established the school on the lines of the Bauhaus (he started teaching on the same day as Tom Phillips);  how small the art world was in those days and how centred on the art schools;  how he was taken up by the Rowan Gallery, which was run by Alex Gregory-Hood, an army officer;  the success of An Oak Tree, an ultra-minimalist work which was bought by the National Gallery of Australia;  and how he turned to the representation of everyday objects and colour in the late 1970s.   There was almost no reference to his importance as a teacher, only to his current international success, in Bregenz, Shanghai and Chatsworth.

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