In the course of a career thinking and writing about art, art critic Martin Gayford has travelled all over the world both to see works of art and to meet artists. Gayford’s journeys, often to fairly inaccessible places, involve frustrations and complications, but also serendipitous encounters and outcomes, which he makes as much a part of the story as the final destination
Coinciding with the publication of his new book, The Pursuit of Art – Travels, Encounters and Revelations, Gayford shares some stories from his travels with artists to visit remote works of art and sites of wonder, including the ‘sea of mist’ in the Huangshan Mountains, China. Interwoven with these accounts are journeys to meet artists – Robert Rauschenberg in New York, Marina Abramovic in Venice, Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris. These encounters not only provide insights into the way artists approach and think about their art but also reveal the importance of their personal environments. And in the process, Gayford discusses how these meetings have impacted on his own evolving ideas and tastes.
The talk is followed by a wine reception and book signing.