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The big picture: two books on artists and their lives

Essays by Michael Peppiatt on the artists who quicken his heart, and encounters between Richard Cork and his favourites, including Jasper Johns, Henry Moore and Gilbert & George

23 September 2023

9:00 AM

23 September 2023

9:00 AM

Artists’ Lives Michael Peppiatt

Thames & Hudson, pp.304, 25

Encounters with Artists Richard Cork, with Cornelia Parker

Thames & Hudson, pp.279, 30

Michael Peppiatt (born 1941) explains in the introduction to his new book of essays that he has from the start of his career been attracted to the lives of artists, as much as, if not more than, their work. Accordingly, he should find a ready audience with the British, who much prefer the written word to the visual image, and who always seem to spend more time on information panels than exhibits in museums, when not in a side gallery watching documentaries about the artists’ lives.

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