National Gallery at Frieze Masters

Frieze Masters 2013

Frieze Masters includes a programme of talks in which major artists, critics and curators draw out relationships between contemporary and historical art.

This year's series of talks featured the National Gallery's Letizia Treves in conversation with artist John Currin. The event was held in Regent's Park, Friday 18 October 2013. 

Listen to their discussion and enjoy the paintings they refer to in this recording of the event.

Letizia Treves in conversation with John Currin

Frieze Masters 2013
Letizia Treves talks to John Currin

Letizia Treves

Letizia Treves joined the Gallery as Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings 1600-1800 in April 2013. Previously she worked at Sotheby’s in London where she was a Senior Director in the Old Master Paintings Department and their worldwide expert in Italian Paintings.

John Currin

John Currin (b. 1962, lives and works in New York) draws upon a broad range of cultural influences that include Renaissance oil paintings, 1950s women's magazine advertisements and contemporary politics. His work is represented in major institutional collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Tate Collection, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Frieze Masters 2012

Last year's 'in conversation' saw the Gallery's director Nicholas Penny talking to artist Cecily Brown.

Cecily Brown talks to Nicholas Penny: part 1
29mins 40secs
Cecily Brown talks to Nicholas Penny: part 2
36mins 48secs

Following their discussion, Nicholas invited Cecily into the Gallery to talk about some of her favourite paintings in the Collection. Watch Cecily talk about Degas.