by Ida Kar, assisted by Julieta Preston (Julie Green)
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1962
Sitterback to top
- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Sitter in 136 portraits, Artist associated with 1537 portraits.
Artistsback to top
This portraitback to top
In the year this photograph was taken an exhibition of 76 of Kar's large format prints travelled to Moscow's House of Friendship as part of a government-sponsored cultural exchange programme. Ida Kar received glowing reviews; 'Ida Kar is that rare thing - the artist photographer'. 20,000 people saw the exhibition in two weeks and in the UK Studio magazine ran the cover story 'Ida Kar: Artist with a Camera.'
Linked publicationsback to top
- Rideal, Liz, Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists, 2001 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12 September 2001 to 20 January 2002), p. 95
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, 20 D'Arblay Street, London)
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by women artists (12 September 2001 - 20 January 2002)
Events of 1962back to top
Current affairsAfter a series of by-election defeats, the prime minister, Harold MacMillan organises a drastic cabinet reshuffle, dismissing one third of his cabinet. Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe's rye comment summed up the desperate action: 'greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his friends for his life.'
Britain suffers the 'Big Freeze' with no frost-free nights between 22nd December 1962 and 5th March 1963.
Art and scienceThe Beatles have their first hit with Love Me Do and release their first album Please Please Me.
The new Coventry Cathedral is consecrated and creates a showcase for British artistic talent with the first performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, a wall hanging by Graham Sutherland, stained glass by John Piper, and sculptures by Jacob Epstein and Elizabeth Frink.
InternationalThe world comes to the brink of nuclear war with the Cuban Missile Crisis. In response to the USA's nuclear advantage, the USSR sent missiles to Cuba. The crisis lasted for 12 days before a deal was finally stuck between Khrushchev and Kennedy in which the Cuban missile bases were dismantled in return for the secret removal of US missiles from Turkey.
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15 February 2018, 19:00
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