Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London; SAM TAYLOR-WOOD

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London; SAM TAYLOR-WOOD

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Byline: ALISTAIR DUNCAN

SAM TAYLOR-WOOD

The artist has a shoe fetish and would love to smash up a few bendy buses Where do you live and why?

Marylebone. Trendy shops and delis have sprung up here recently. It's still fairly quiet, though, which I like.

How long have you lived there?

Four years. Before that, I lived in Covent Garden and Old Street. I like being at the centre of things.

What was the last play you saw in London?

The Blackbird, about a woman tracking down a man she had a relationship with aged 12. It was bloody hard work but fantastic. Roger Allam was superb.

What advice would you give a tourist?

Walk in single file.

What are your most memorable London meals?

J Sheekey for intimate conversations. Table 48 gets me into trouble. If I sit there, I drink too much.

What do you miss when you're out of London?

Breakfast in the Star Cafe, Soho, with my friend Bailey.

What are your favourite home comforts?

Watching DVDs and eating veggie bangers and mash.

I'm a film junkie.

What would you do as Mayor for the day?

Tear all the bendy buses apart by hand. They're unattractive, they catch fire and are dangerous for cyclists. Then I'd reintroduce the Routemasters.

What is your life philosophy?

Keep going.

What was the last CD you bought?

Devendra Banhart, Cripple Crow, for its folky sound.

Do you have a favourite pub?

The Dover Castle. I drink halves of Guinness there.

Which exhibition impressed you recently?

Cerith Wyn Evans's slide show at the White Cube.

Elegant and very beautiful.

What's your tip for finding art?

Museum 52 in Shoreditch shows new artists.

Which painting do you revisit?

Caravaggio's The Supper at Emmausin The National Gallery. It's utterly beautiful.

What else inspires you?

Opera and ballet at the Royal Opera House or Sadler's Wells. It's often cheaper than the cinema.

What are your current projects?

A retrospective in Gateshead, at the Baltic.

And I'm giving birth in October.

Alistair Duncan Sam Taylor-Wood Still Livesis at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, from 17 May to 3 September (www. …

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