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Artist Damien Hirst with his business manager Frank Dunphy pictured with some of his artworks. Stock Photo

The Shakers Behind the Makers


[ Online Talk )

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Behind the great artists of the last century, there is a group of influential individuals whose vision, faith and, sometimes, sheer business acumen were crucial in helping to shape their careers.

Director Simon Martin explores the story of some of these figures including Brenda Rawnsley who, as initiator of the School Prints, introduced contemporary art into primary schools around the country; Sixties art dealer Robert “Groovy Bob” Fraser whose gallery became a focus for modern art in Britain in the 1960s and helped launch the careers of British artists Peter Blake, Bridget Riley, Richard Hamilton, Gilbert and George and Eduardo Paolozzi. He was immortalised in Richard Hamilton’s Swingeing London, handcuffed to Mick Jagger. And Damien Hirst’s business manager, Frank Dunphy – whose radical approach, encouraging Hirst to bypass his galleries and sell direct at auction, turned art world traditions on their head and helped make Hirst a millionaire. Amongst other things, Dunphy masterminded the auction of objects from Hirst’s Pharmacy restaurant which were mostly going to be binned following its closure, raising £11m in two hours at Sotheby’s.


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