Eykyn Maclean London presents Interviews with Artists 19 June – 27 July, 2012

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“The artist, not the commentator, takes us to the heart of the matter. Who would not, to put it in a nutshell, give all of Vasari for a short, searching conversation with Michelangelo?” Michael Peppiatt

Eykyn Maclean London is delighted to announce that
their forthcoming show will be a curatorial
collaboration with art historian Michael Peppiatt
entitled Interviews with Artists. The exhibition will
run from 19th June to 27th July, 2012. The show will
coincide with the publication of Peppiatt’s book of the
same title published by Yale University Press.

Peppiatt developed close relationships with many of
the great artists of the twentieth century. The
exhibition will feature selected works by Frank
Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Balthus, Henri Cartier-
Bresson, Dado, Jean Dubuffet, Peter Blake, Henry
Moore, Hans Namuth, Claes Oldenburg, Sean
Scully and Antoni Tàpies alongside extracts from the
extraordinary range of revealing interviews in the book
and photographs of the artists at work.

Peppiatt’s friendships and frequent studio visits with these artists and many more give a
unique perspective on their life and work. Peppiatt explains how an interview would often
illuminate an artist’s work not only for the spectator but for the artist himself, clarifying the
daily struggle in the studio or opening up new lines of enquiry. “Reading an artist’s own
words is captivating because it brings us closer to the essence of that artist.” explains
Nicholas Maclean. “The exhibition is inspired by the intimacy which pervades the
dialogues in the book.”

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