The secret to a good life / Bob and Roberta Smith.

by Smith, Bob and Roberta, 1964- [author.]Looking glass; Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain) [host institution.]Looking glass.

Publisher: London : Royal Academy of Arts, [2018]Description: Approximately 80 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781910350836 .Subject(s): Borlase, Deirdre, 1925-2018Looking glass | Smith, Bob and Roberta, 1964- -- Family | Sex discrimination against womenLooking glass | Women artistsLooking glassNote: Accompanies an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 20 March 2018 - 18 August 2019.Summary: In 'The Secret to a Good Life', Bob and Roberta Smith introduces his mother, Deirdre Borlase, and her encounters with the often sexist and classist art establishment of postwar Britain. Her story has led her son to ruminate on drawing, politics and the challenge art can pose to authority, as well as to reminisce on his experience of growing up in a household with two painters for parents. In the colourful signwriting style for which he is best known, Bob and Roberta Smith tells a poignant and political family story and answers the question what is the secret to a good life?
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When Bob and Roberta Smith was elected a Royal Academician in 2013, he had a more complex relationship with the Academy than most. He remembered well the feeling of suspense as his parents, both artists, waited to find out if their submissions had been accepted for the annual Summer Exhibition. The outcome brought jubilation or despair, but rarely to both, which led to its problems. In The Secret to a Good Life, Bob and Roberta Smith introduces his mother, Deirdre Borlase, and her encounters with the often sexist and classist art establishment of postwar Britain. Her story has led her son to ruminate on drawing, politics and the challenge art can pose to authority, as well as to reminisce on his experience of growing up in a household with two painters for parents. In the colourful signwriting style for which he is best known, Bob and Roberta Smith tells a poignant and political family story and answers the question: what is the secret to a good life? AUTHORS: Bob and Roberta Smith OBE RA is an artist, political campaigner, musician and Associate Professor at London Metropolitan University. His previous books include Bob and Roberta Smith: I Should Be in Charge (2011) and Make Your Own Damn Art (2005). SELLING POINTS: * Bob and Roberta Smith tells a poignant and witty family story in this new book * A personal project which addresses the position of women within the art world 90 colour images

Accompanies an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 20 March 2018 - 18 August 2019.

In 'The Secret to a Good Life', Bob and Roberta Smith introduces his mother, Deirdre Borlase, and her encounters with the often sexist and classist art establishment of postwar Britain. Her story has led her son to ruminate on drawing, politics and the challenge art can pose to authority, as well as to reminisce on his experience of growing up in a household with two painters for parents. In the colourful signwriting style for which he is best known, Bob and Roberta Smith tells a poignant and political family story and answers the question what is the secret to a good life?

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