Crumb-y Time in London?

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2003
By: Darren Schroeder

Robert Crumb is set to make a rare appearance in London Wed Feb 19th at a evening screening of the 1980s Arena BBC TV documentary as part of the Artists on Film Series, Spring 2003


The aim of the Artists on Film Trust is to create the first national collection of existing film and videotape footage of artists at work and in interview. Some of these films are nearly a hundred years old and in danger of disappearing altogether. Many others are dispersed worldwide and there is no ready access to them. A reference collection of such films, the first of which date from the beginning of the last century, will be a major contribution to our understanding of modern art.

A series of six evenings, presented in association with the Prince of Wales's Drawing Studio, will introduce a selection of films. Each evening will include the viewing of a film in the company of the filmmaker or of an expert, and where possible, the subject of the film. A discussion of it and of the story behind the film will follow. What makes a good artist documentary? Is the idea of filming the creative process self-defeating? What do artists think? The fact is that despite the popularity of films about artists they are taken for granted as entertainment and their history neglected, so that today, over a century after the invention of cinema, we still do not know who the first artist to be filmed was. There is a lot of catching up to do.

Wednesday 5 February
Francis Bacon. 1985. The South Bank Show. Director David Hinton With Lord Bragg. Editor The South Bank Show.

Wednesday 12 February
An evening with Alan Yentob, Chairman, Institute of Contemporary Art, Head of Drama and Entertainment BBC

Wednesday 19 February
Robert Crumb. 1987. BBC Arena With Robert Crumb, Anthony Wall, Editor BBC Arena and Director Mary Dickinson

Wednesday 26 February
To the Studio; Frank Auerbach. 2001. BBC Omnibus. With Director Hannah Rothschild

Wednesday 5 March
Sickert's London 1992. Arts Council / BBC Co-production With Director Jake Auerbach, John Wonnacott, John Lessore, and Matthew Sturgis

Wednesday 12 March
Artists on Film 1900-2000
A brief history including the first artists to be filmed , Claude Monet, George Grosz, Otto Dix, Lovis Corinth, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, LS Lowry, Jackson Pollock and more recently, John Virtue. With Director John Read, Robert McNab, Artists on Film Trust and JohnVirtue

The Artists on Film series takes place at 6.30pm at the Prince's Foundation, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG Tickets 5 (concessions available for full-time art students) For further information or to buy a ticket, please telephone 020 7613 8500 Or email

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