Martin Gayford in Conversation with Sam Phillips, The Royal Academy, Piccadilly
As his book of conversations with David Hockney RA is published, critic Martin Gayford discusses art – and the art of interviewing artists – with Sam Phillips, editor of RA Magazine.
Having read and enjoyed a number of Martin Gayford's accessible and fascinating books I was intrigued and excited for this talk.
Gayford and David Hockney have collaborated to create a book that explores how and why pictures have been made across millennia, from works on cave walls to those on computer screens. Gayford conversed with RA Magazine’s editor Sam Phillips to talk about the genesis of the book, his long-time friendships with figures including Hockney and Lucian Freud, and his career writing about, and working with, artists.
One of the points that really interested me was when Gayford talked about how he looked at art when visiting an exhibition. He enjoyed going with other artists as they would look at the art from different perspectives and different viewpoints. They would see things very differently and that would bring a much more enjoyable level than going alone to view.
Martin Gayford is an art critic for The Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Van Gogh, Constable and Michelangelo. He previously collaborated with David Hockney RA on A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney. Other works include a volume of travels and conversations co-written with Philippe de Montebello, Rendezvous with Art, and Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud, all published by Thames & Hudson.