Objects of Obsession: Bob and Roberta Smith ‘Esther’


“I find it hard to talk about the story of Esther. It’s a difficult thing”  Bob and Roberta Smith


Watch Bob and Roberta Smith fighting back the tears in his Objects of Obsession interview with the Royal Academy’s Tim Marlow about why he chose Jacob Epstein’s sculpture of his daughter Esther in the Gallery’s Garman Ryan Collection.


As part of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations, three Royal Academicians took part in a new series of digital talks about their chosen Objects of Obsession: works of art by another artist that have great meaning to them.


Each revelatory encounter was hosted by the gallery or museum which houses the piece and live streamed on

the venues own Facebook and YouTube pages to art fans across the globe.



Objects of Obsession is brought to you in partnership with the Royal Academy and The Space


Other talks in the series


Cornelia Parker discusses Sketch of an Idea for Crazy Jane (1855) by Richard Dadd

at Bethlem Museum of the Mind (16 February 2018)

Sonia Boyce discusses Othello, The Moor of Venice by James Northcote at

Manchester Art Gallery (8 March 2018)

by Chris Wilkinson

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