Nicholas Serota

Talking of the influence of Cambridge on ways of thought, I went last night to a dinner to mark the fact that Nick Serota is getting a Cambridge honorary degree.   He was an undergraduate at Christ’s the year below Simon Schama (they had been to the same school), switched from economics to art history at a time when very few people studied the subject, and spoke of two formative influences:  the first was Jim Ede living in Kettle’s Yard and lending works of art to undergraduates to hang in their rooms (Serota borrowed a Gaudier-Brzeska);  and the second was Michael Jaffé who stood undergraduates in front of works of art in the Fitzwilliam and compelled them to talk about them.

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  1. Yes, the Edes were wonderful, and endlessly generous to any undergraduate who showed an interest. They would have us to tea at Kettle’s Yard and, as you say, lend paintings. Remarkable !

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