Travels For My Art

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01TBA20180611

Martin Gayford recounts his worldwide journeys in search of rare pieces of art.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Martin Gayford refers to himself as a 'jobbing art critic'. That's a little self-deprecating for a writer who has experienced art and met (and sat for) artists all over the world. In this series he invites us to join him as he relives some of the more extraordinary journeys he has made in order to see art 'in the flesh'. These journeys take him (and sometimes also his long suffering wife Josephine) to far flung places - the island of Naoshima for example , a contemporary art lovers paradise that sits in Japan's inland sea . Sometimes the frustrations of Martin's journeys are man made - the impossible timetable of opening hours in Italian museums, loss of guide books, wrongheaded routes over mountain passes and miscalculations of weather, timings, customs and personal resilience.
Nevertheless Martin's efforts a repaid with some exceptional encounters - not only in Japan but in wild Romania where he searches out Brancusi's 'endless column, in the Marche in Italy where he's on the trail of the most secluded paintings by Lorenzo Lotto, in Iceland where he's invited by Ronni Horn to a Library of ....Water and in the south of France where he encounters Anselm Kiefer in his vast estate littered with concrete towers, lead planes and ships and dismal dungeons of artwork.

01Tba20180611

Martin Gayford recounts his worldwide journeys in search of rare pieces of art.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Martin Gayford refers to himself as a 'jobbing art critic'. That's a little self-deprecating for a writer who has experienced art and met (and sat for) artists all over the world. In this series he invites us to join him as he relives some of the more extraordinary journeys he has made in order to see art 'in the flesh'. These journeys take him (and sometimes also his long suffering wife Josephine) to far flung places - the island of Naoshima for example , a contemporary art lovers paradise that sits in Japan's inland sea. Sometimes the frustrations of Martin's journeys are man made - the impossible timetable of opening hours in Italian museums, loss of guide books, wrongheaded routes over mountain passes and miscalculations of weather, timings, customs and personal resilience.
Nevertheless Martin's efforts a repaid with some exceptional encounters - not only in Japan but in wild Romania where he searches out Brancusi's 'endless column, in the Marche in Italy where he's on the trail of the most secluded paintings by Lorenzo Lotto, in Iceland where he's invited by Ronni Horn to a Library of....Water and in the south of France where he encounters Anselm Kiefer in his vast estate littered with concrete towers, lead planes and ships and dismal dungeons of artwork.

02Naoshima20180612

Martin Gayford travels to Naoshima Island in Japan, a paradise of contemporary art.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

03Lorenzo Lotto20180613

Martin Gayford travels to the Marche in Italy on a quest to find pictures by Lorenzo Lotto

03Lorenzo Lotto20180613

Martin Gayford travels to the Marche in Italy on a quest to find pictures by Lorenzo Lotto

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

04Iceland20180614

A perplexed Martin Gayford is in Iceland to look at artist Roni Horn's Library of Water.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

05Anselm Kiefer20180615

Martin Gayford goes to France to experience the strange personal museum of Anselm Kiefer.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond