The American Art Tapes: Voices of Twentieth-Century Art
Nicolette Jones Interviewed by Christopher Le Brun
Sunday, 3 April 2022
St Cross College
£7 - £12.50
Journalist and writer Nicolette Jones delves into the files of her artist father John Jones to uncover recordings of interviews with many of the leading US artists of the 1960s, including Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Lee Krasner, Yoko Ono, and Man Ray.
Nicolette Jones was a child when she travelled in 1965 with her father John Jones and the rest of the family to live in the USA. John Jones sought out artists and interviewed as many as he could. Nicolette Jones says the recordings illuminate attitudes about art at an extraordinary moment in history, and she plays some selected recordings to illustrate her talk.
John Jones was a painter, filmmaker and senior lecturer at Leeds University. He was regarded as the foremost expert in the art of 1960s USA. Nicolette Jones’s books include The Illustrators: Raymond Briggs, and The Plimsoll Sensation: The Great Campaign to Save Lives at Sea. She presented BBC Radio 4’s Archive on 4 documentary The American Art Tapes. Here she is in conversation with celebrated British artist Sir Christopher Le Brun.