by André Kertész
gelatin silver print, 1980
7 5/8 in. x 8 in. (195 mm x 203 mm) overall
Purchased with support from Chuck Close in honour of Sandy Nairne, 2015
Artistback to top
- André Kertész (1894-1985), Photographer. Artist of 13 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Goldfinger is shown in the living room of his house 2 Willow Road, Hampstead. Many of the items in the photograph are still at the house, and some are still placed exactly as they are in this picture. The photograph depicts several examples of the couple’s art collection – a Henry Moore drawing and Elmwood head are on display as well as other personal ephemera.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home, 2 Willow Road, Hampstead, London)
Events of 1980back to top
Current affairsMargaret Thatcher makes one of her most famous speeches, living up to her nickname of 'the Iron Lady'. The speech was given to the Conservative Party conference in Brighton in response to the media speculation that the party would go back on its counter-inflationary policies: 'The lady's not for turning!'
Art and scienceJohn Lennon is murdered on the steps of his house. After fatally shooting him, Mark David Chapman calmly sat down on the pavement and waited to be arrested by police. Chapman had a history of mental illness and claimed that he had committed the murder as a way of getting attention.
InternationalIraq invades Iran, beginning eight years of conflict. The invasion followed years of border disputes, but was precipitated by the 1979 revolution in Iran and the resulting instability which Saddam Hussein saw as an opportunity to expand Iraqi influence in the region. Despite early gains for Iraq, the conflict soon descended into a war of attrition with huge causalities caused by Iraq's use of chemical weapons.
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