Friday 23 January 1998
After marvelling at the variety of the Arts Council's portrait exhibition, you could spend an absorbing couple of hours drawing a kind of flow chart of love among the artists. I mean, there's Roger Fry's portrait of Edith Sitwell. Fry organised the famous post-impressionist show at the RA and founded the Omega workshop where Vanessa Bell worked. She, in turn, is represented by her portrait of her daughter Angelica Garnett (who ended up marrying her father's lover, but that's another, very long, story). Leaping forward a few decades, there are more linkages with Richard Hamilton's portrait of fellow artist Derek Jarman, several Hockneys, including a double portrait of the artist Don Bachardy and his lover Christopher Isherwood, and an early Howard Hodgkin of Jane Kasmin, wife of Hockney's dealer, John Kasmin. Not that the art world is the least bit incestuous...
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