|Born||26 December 1960|
Andrew Michael Graham-Dixon (born 26 December 1960) is a British art historian and broadcaster.
Life and career
Early life and education
Graham-Dixon was educated at the independent Westminster School. He continued his education at Christ Church, Oxford, where he read English. He graduated in 1981 and then pursued doctoral studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
Graham-Dixon began work as a reviewer for the shortlived weekly The Sunday Correspondent before becoming the chief art critic of The Independent, where he remained until 1998. He won the Arts Journalist of the Year Award three years in a row – in 1987, 1988 and 1989. He later became the chief art critic of The Sunday Telegraph.
In 1992 Graham-Dixon won the first prize in the Reportage section at the Montreal World Film Festival for a documentary film about Théodore Géricault's painting The Raft of the Medusa. From 2004 he was a contributor to The Culture Show on BBC Two, covering a variety of subjects and often acting as the main presenter. He has also presented many BBC documentary series on art, including A History of British Art (1996), Renaissance (1999), Caravaggio (2002), The Secret of Drawing (2005), The Battle for British Art (2007), Art of Eternity (2007), Art of Spain (2008), The Art of Russia (2009), Art of Germany (2010), Art of America (2011), British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash (2014), Art of China (2014) and Art of France (2017). He is passionate about the Mona Lisa, appearing in the popular BBC documentary Secrets of the Mona Lisa (2015). In 2018 he presented a four-part series on BBC Four – Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection.
He has also presented programmes on subjects other than art, such as I, Samurai (2006) and The Real Casino Royale for the BBC and 100% English (2006) for Channel 4. In 2010 he interviewed John Lydon for a Culture Show special about Public Image Ltd.
Graham-Dixon also wrote and presented the BBC documentary Who Killed Caravaggio?, broadcast on BBC 4 in 2010. The same year saw the publication of his biography, Caravaggio: A Life Sacred And Profane.
In 2010 Plymouth University awarded Graham-Dixon an honorary Doctorate of Arts.
Supporter of Young British Artists
He was an early supporter of the group later known as the Young British Artists. In 1990 he wrote:
Goldsmiths' graduates are unembarrassed about promoting themselves and their work: some of the most striking exhibitions in London over the past few months—"The East Country Yard Show", or "Gambler", both staged in docklands—have been independently organised and funded by Goldsmiths' graduates as showcases for their work. This has given them a reputation for pushiness, yet it should also be said that in terms of ambition, attention to display and sheer bravado there has been little to match such shows in the country's established contemporary art institutions. They were far superior, for instance, to any of the contemporary art shows that have been staged by the Liverpool Tate in its own multi-million-pound dockland site.
Cambridge Union speech
On 9 November 2021 Graham-Dixon was banned from speaking again at the Cambridge Union after "doing a Hitler impression". According to the Campaign Against Antisemitism Graham-Dixon recited part of speech made by Adolf Hitler including the lines: "This modern, horrible art that was promoted by the Jews.. and the modern art, it was cubist – inspired by the art of the negroes. This tribal art, urgh, how horrible is that?"  He later apologised for the impression and claimed that he was trying to "underline the utterly evil nature of Hitler." He added: "I apologise sincerely to anyone who found my debating tactics and use of Hitler's own language distressing; on reflection I can see that some of the words I used, even in quotation, are inherently offensive." Public figures including Louis de Bernières and John Cleese were among those to defend Graham-Dixon, and criticism of the Union's plans for an exclusion list prompted a U-turn from its president.[clarification needed] In a statement to The Jewish Chronicle, fellow historian Guy Walters said: “The idea that Andrew Graham-Dixon has been blacklisted for performing what was clearly a satirical impression of Adolf Hitler is both disgraceful and deeply ironic." A full transcript of the speech was published by The Telegraph.
Graham-Dixon is married and lives in East Sussex. He has four children.
Andrew is an accomplished amateur Snooker player when time permits.
Film and television credits
|1992||The Billboard Project|
|1992||The Raft of the Medusa||First Prize in the Reportage Section of the|
Montreal International Film and Television Festival
|1996||A History of British Art||Six-part series|
Nominated for BAFTA and RTS awards
Nominated for RTS award
|2001||Art That Shook the World||Series 1 episode 1 "Monet's Impression Sunrise"|
|2002||Secret Lives of the Artists||Three-part series on Constable,Vermeer, Caravaggio|
|2002||The Elgin Marbles||Drama-documentary on the Elgin Marbles|
|2003||1000 Ways of Getting Drunk in England|
|2004–present||The Culture Show|
|2005||The Secret of Drawing||Four-part series|
|2006||The Real Casino Royale|
|2007||The Battle for British Art|
|2007||Art of Eternity||Three-part series on Christian art|
Long-listed for Grierson Awards
|2008||Art of Spain||Three-part series|
|2008||Travels with Vasari||Two-part documentary exploring the life and work of the artist, architect and chronicler of the Italian Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari.|
|2008||The Medici: Makers of Modern Art||Documentary|
|2009||The Art of Russia||Three-part series|
|2009||Picasso||Culture Show Special|
|2010||Art of Germany||Three-part series|
|2011||Treasures of Heaven||Documentary about the British Museum exhibition on relics and reliquaries|
|2011||I Never Tell Anybody Anything: The Life and Art of Edward Burra||Documentary|
|2011||Art of America||Three-part series|
|2012||Sicily Unpacked||Three-part series presented with Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.|
|2013||Italy Unpacked series 1||Three-part series presented with Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.|
|2013||The High Art of the Low Countries||Three-part series|
|2014||Italy Unpacked series 2||Three-part series presented with Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.|
|2014||Art of China||Three-part series|
|2014||The Art of Gothic: Britains Midnight Hour||Three-part series|
|2014||Viking Art||Published by BBC and broadcast as part of BBC The Culture Show series|
|2014||British Art at War||Three-part series|
|2015||Italy Unpacked series 3||Three-part series presented with Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.|
|2015||Secrets of the Mona Lisa||Documentary|
|2016||Art of Scandinavia||Three-part series|
|2017||Art of France||Three-part series|
|2018||Rome Unpacked||Two-part series presented with Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli.|
|2018||Art, Passion and Power: the Story of the Royal Collection||Four-part history of the Royal Collection.|
|2018||Stealing Van Gogh||Documentary|
|2019||Van Meegeren: The Forger Who Fooled the Nazis||Documentary|
- Howard Hodgkin. London: Thames & Hudson, 1994 (ISBN 0-50027769-9); revised, 2001 (ISBN 0-50009298-2).
- John Virtue: New Paintings. Bristol: Arnolfini, 1995. ISBN 978-0-907738-41-1.
- Paper Museum: Writings About Painting, Mostly. London: HarperCollins, 1996. ISBN 0-00-255557-3.
- A History of British Art. London: BBC, 1996. ISBN 0-563-37044-0.
- Renaissance. London: BBC, 1999. ISBN 0-563-38396-8.
- In the Picture: The Year Through Art. London: Allen Lane, 2002. ISBN 978-0-7139-9675-3.
- Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008. ISBN 978-0-297-85365-7.
- Caravaggio: A Life Sacred And Profane. London: Allen Lane, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7139-9674-6.
- Art of Spain (2010)
- Art of Germany (2011)
- Art of China (2015)
- Art of America (2014)
- Italy Unpacked (2014)
- Sicily Unpacked (2014)
- Rome Unpacked (2018)
- "Graham-Dixon, Anthony Philip, (5 Nov. 1929–6 March 2012), QC 1973". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U17825. ISBN 978-0-19-954089-1. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- "GRAHAM-DIXON – Deaths Announcements – Telegraph Announcements". announcements.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- Biography. Andrew Graham Dixon. Retrieved on 12 August 2013.
- Review in the Daily Telegraph of the Caravaggio BBC TV series
- "BBC – Arts – The Secret of Drawing". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- "The Battle for British art: BBC FOUR webpage". Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- "Art of Eternity: BBC FOUR webpage. Three episodes, broadcast December 2007". Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- "BBC – Press Office – BBC Four to celebrate The Art Of Spain". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- "BBC Four – Art of America". BBC. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- "BBC Two – The Secrets of the Mona Lisa". BBC. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- BBC TV website on I, Samurai
- "The Culture Show, John Lydon Special". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
- "The Alpine Fellowship".
- Andrew Graham-Dixon, "The Midas Touch?: Graduates of Goldsmiths' School of Art dominate the current British art scene," The Independent, 31 July 1990, p. 13.
- "CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY BANS SPEAKER FOR DOING HITLER IMPERSONATION DURING DEBATE". 9 November 2021.
- "STARS DEFEND HISTORIAN WHO MIMICKED HITLER". 12 November 2021.
- "HITLER ROW: A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF WHAT ANDREW GRAHAM-DIXON SAID AT THE CAMBRIDGE UNION". 10 November 2021.
- Biography. Andrew Graham Dixon. Retrieved on 22 July 2016.
- "BBC Four – Treasures of Heaven". BBC. Retrieved 20 June 2019.