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My vision of art


Influential modernism
Jonathan Miller Theatre director
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If you make physical artefacts they do, if they don’t get destroyed or dumped, they might be picked up later on and people may, you know, 30 or 40 years on say... after I’ve gone... say, oh, how interesting, he did that.  But I don’t see them, again, like some people see their children, as vehicles or media through which I will be perpetuated in some way. I think they’re quite nice, I think they’re as good as some of the rubbish that’s being made now about which such a fuss is being made, but they’re very unfashionable because they’re, sort of, in a way, old-fashioned modernism of the early 20th Century, which affects me very much. I mean, that’s one of the main influences in my artwork. I’m very much under the influence of people who were working at the beginning of the 20th Century, they still have an effect on me. Post-modernism and all that sort of drivel has no effect on me at all.

Jonathan Miller (1934-2019) was a British theatre and opera director. Initially studying medicine at Cambridge, Sir Jonathan Miller came to prominence with the production of the British comedy revue, Beyond the Fringe. Following on from this success he embarked on a career in the theatre, directing a 1970 West End production of The Merchant of Venice starring Laurence Olivier. He also started directing opera, famously producing a modern, Mafia-themed version of Rigoletto.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is a London-based television producer and director who has made a number of documentary films for BBC TV, Channel 4 and PBS.

Tags: sculpture, 20th century, modernism, art, post-modernism

Duration: 1 minute, 14 seconds

Date story recorded: July 2008

Date story went live: 16 August 2011