Andrew Graham-Dixon in 2012
Andrew Michael Graham-Dixon (born 26 December 1960) is a British art historian and broadcaster.
Graham-Dixon is a son of the barrister Anthony Philip Graham-Dixon (1929–2012), Q.C.,and (Margaret) Suzanne "Sue" (née Villar, 1931–2010), a publicist for music and opera companies.
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Graham-Dixon was educated at the independent Westminster School, where he was pushed to get into a well-paid job by his father and not waste time learning at school. This meant he finished his O Levels at age 14 and A Levels at age 16. He continued his education at Christ Church, Oxford, where he read English. He graduated in 1981, before pursuing doctoral studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
Westminster School is a public school in London, England, located within the precincts of Westminster Abbey. Westminster's origins can be traced to a charity school established by the Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey. Its continuous existence is certain from the early fourteenth century. Boys are admitted to the Under School at age seven and to the senior school at age thirteen; girls are admitted at age sixteen into the Sixth Form. The school has around 750 pupils; around a quarter are boarders, most of whom go home at weekends, after Saturday morning school. The school motto, Dat Deus Incrementum, is taken from the New Testament, specifically 1 Corinthians 3:6.
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The Courtauld Institute of Art, commonly referred to as The Courtauld, is a self-governing college of the University of London specialising in the study of the history of art and conservation. It is among the most prestigious institutions in the world for these disciplines and is widely known for the disproportionate number of directors of major museums drawn from its small body of alumni.
Graham-Dixon began work as a reviewer for the weekly Sunday Correspondent , before becoming the chief art critic of The Independent newspaper where he remained until 1998. Early in his career (in 1987, 1988 and 1989) he won the Arts Journalist of the Year Award three years in a row. As of 2005 he is the chief art critic of The Sunday Telegraph . Since 2004, he has also been a contributor to the BBC Two's The Culture Show on a variety of subjects, and is often the main presenter of the programme.
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BBC Two is the second flagship television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. It covers a wide range of subject matter, but tends to broadcast more "highbrow" programmes than the more mainstream and popular BBC One. Like the BBC's other domestic TV and radio channels, it is funded by the television licence, and is therefore free of commercial advertising. It is a comparatively well-funded public-service network, regularly attaining a much higher audience share than most public-service networks worldwide.
In 1992, Graham-Dixon won the first prize in the Reportage section in the Montreal World Film Festival for a documentary film about Théodore Géricault's painting The Raft of the Medusa . He has since gone on to present several BBC documentary series on art, including A History of British Art (1996), Renaissance (1999), Caravaggio (2002)The Secret of Drawing (2005), The Battle for British Art (2007), The Art of Eternity (2007), The Art of Spain (2008), The Art of Russia (2009), The Art of Germany (2010), Art of America (2011) and Art of China (2014). He is passionate about the Mona Lisa , appearing in the popular BBC documentary Secrets of the Mona Lisa (2015).
The Montreal World Film Festival, founded in 1977, is one of Canada's oldest international film festivals and the only competitive film festival in North America accredited by the FIAPF. The public festival is held annually in late August in the city of Montreal in Quebec. Unlike the Toronto International Film Festival, which has a greater focus on Canadian and other North American films, the Montreal World Film Festival has a larger diversity of films from all over the world.
Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault was an influential French painter and lithographer, whose best-known painting is The Raft of the Medusa. Although he died young, he was one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement.
The Raft of the Medusa – originally titled Scène de Naufrage – is an oil painting of 1818–19 by the French Romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault (1791–1824). Completed when the artist was 27, the work has become an icon of French Romanticism. At 491 cm × 716 cm, it is an over-life-size painting that depicts a moment from the aftermath of the wreck of the French naval frigate Méduse, which ran aground off the coast of today's Mauritania on 2 July 1816. On 5 July 1816, at least 147 people were set adrift on a hurriedly constructed raft; all but 15 died in the 13 days before their rescue, and those who survived endured starvation and dehydration and practised cannibalism. The event became an international scandal, in part because its cause was widely attributed to the incompetence of the French captain.
In 2018 he presented a four part series on BBC Four, Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection.
He has also presented programmes on subjects other than art, such as I, Samurai (2006)and The Real Casino Royale for the BBC and 100% English (2006) for Channel 4. In 2010, he interviewed John Lydon for a Culture Show special about Public Image Ltd.
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John Joseph Lydon, also known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the late-1970s British punk band the Sex Pistols, which lasted from 1975 until 1978, and again for various revivals during the 1990s and 2000s. He is also the lead singer of post-punk band Public Image Ltd (PiL), which he founded and fronted from 1978 until 1993, and again since 2009. Since 2013, Lydon has held British, Irish and American citizenship.
Graham-Dixon also wrote and presented the BBC documentary Who Killed Caravaggio?, broadcast on BBC 4 in 2010. The same year, his biography of Caravaggio was published as Caravaggio: A Life Sacred And Profane.
In 1994 American expatriate R. B. Kitaj had a retrospective at the Tate Gallery in London. Graham-Dixon, and several other London art critics, wrote negative reviews of the show, in some cases expressing personal, vicious attacks against the artist. Kitaj blamed the subsequent sudden death of his wife, artist Sandra Fisher, on the stress caused by these articles. Graham-Dixon's own paper, The Independent, said in an obituary for Fisher: "The fierce antagonism of newspaper critics towards Kitaj's recent late retrospective—in contrast to the response of an admiring public—made for a stressful last summer for a woman who will be remembered by many for her almost saintly happiness."
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Kitaj's friend Sandy Wilson penned a letter to Graham-Dixon and other critics questioning the personal and vitriolic nature of their criticism, which many artists like David Hockney and Peter Blake signed. Lucian Freud commented on the letter: "Though it's often a good idea to write to someone in order to object, agree, question or ridicule anything they may have said or done ... I feel it pointless to gang up on a third-rate critic when you don't consider him seriously. As they wisely say in Ireland: what do you expect from a pig but a grunt?"
Graham-Dixon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Plymouth University in 2010.
He was an early supporter of the later-to-be Young British Artists (YBA) artists. In 1990 he wrote:
Goldsmiths' graduates are unembarrassed about promoting themselves and their work: some of the most striking exhibitions in London over the past few months—"The East Country Yard Show", or "Gambler", both staged in docklands—have been independently organised and funded by Goldsmiths' graduates as showcases for their work. This has given them a reputation for pushiness, yet it should also be said that in terms of ambition, attention to display and sheer bravado there has been little to match such shows in the country's established contemporary art institutions. They were far superior, for instance, to any of the contemporary art shows that have been staged by the Liverpool Tate in its own multi-million-pound dockland site.
Graham-Dixon married Sabine Marie Pascale Tilly in 1985. They have three children and live in Sussex.
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Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin was a British painter and printmaker. His work is most often associated with abstraction.
Lucian Michael Freud, OM was a British painter and draftsman, specializing in figurative art, and is known as one of the foremost 20th-century portraitists. He was born in Berlin, the son of Jewish architect Ernst L. Freud and the grandson of Sigmund Freud. His family moved to Britain in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism. From 1942–43 he attended Goldsmiths College, London. He served at sea with the British Merchant Navy during the Second World War.
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Tim Marlow is a British writer, broadcaster and art historian who has beenn serving as Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts in London since 2014. He is an award-winning broadcaster who has lectured on art and culture in over 40 countries. He has written and presented over 100 documentaries for radio and television. Before moving to the Royal Academy, he was the Director of Exhibitions at White Cube for over ten years. In 2019, he was appointed as the new chief executive and director of London’s Design Museum.
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East Country Yard Show was an exhibition of contemporary art organized by Henry Bond and Sarah Lucas. It was on view between 31 May—22 June 1990. The exhibition was a "seminal" London group show which was significant in the subsequent development of the Young British Artists.
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|1992||The Billboard Project|
|1992||The Raft of the Medusa||First Prize in the Reportage Section of the|
Montreal International Film and Television Festival
|1996||A History of British Art||Six-part series|
Nominated for BAFTA and RTS awards
Nominated for RTS award
|2001||Art That Shook the World||Series 1 episode 1 "Monet's Impression Sunrise"|
|2002||Secret Lives of the Artists||Three-part series on Constable,Vermeer, Caravaggio|
|2002||The Elgin Marbles||Drama-documentary on the Elgin Marbles|
|2003||1000 Ways of Getting Drunk in England|
|2004–present||The Culture Show|
|2005||The Secret of Drawing||Four-part series|
|2006||The Real Casino Royale|
|2007||The Battle for British Art|
|2007||Art of Eternity||Three-part series on Christian art|
Long-listed for Grierson Awards
|2008||Art of Spain||Three-part series|
|2008||Travels with Vasari||Two-part documentary exploring the life and work of the artist, architect and chronicler of the Italian Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari.|
|2008||The Medici: Makers of Modern Art||Documentary|
|2009||Art of Russia||Three-part series|
|2009||Picasso||Culture Show Special|
|2010||Art of Germany||Three-part series|
|2011||Treasures of Heaven||Documentary about the British Museum exhibition on relics and reliquaries|
|2011||I Never Tell Anybody Anything: The Life and Art of Edward Burra||Documentary|
|2011||Art of America||Three-part series|
|2012||Sicily Unpacked||Three-part series presented with Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.|
|2013||Italy Unpacked series 1||Three-part series presented with Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.|
|2013||The High Art of the Low Countries||Three-part series|
|2014||Italy Unpacked series 2||Three-part series presented with Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.|
|2014||Art of China||Three-part series|
|2014||The Art of Gothic: Britains Midnight Hour||Three-part series|
|2014||Viking Art||Published by BBC and broadcast as part of BBC The Culture Show series|
|2014||British Art at War||Three-part series|
|2015||Italy Unpacked series 3||Three-part series presented with Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.|
|2015||Secrets of the Mona Lisa||Documentary|
|2016||Art of Scandinavia||Three-part series|
|2017||Art of France||Three-part series|
|2018||Rome Unpacked||Two-part series presented with Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.|
|2018||Art, Passion and Power: the Story of the Royal Collection||Four-part history of the Royal Collection.|
|2018||Stealing Van Gogh||Documentary|
|2019||Van Meegeren: The Forger Who Fooled the Nazis||Documentary|