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What are the roots of 20th century art and how should artists relate to the past? Can our response to art transcend our own culture? Antony Gormley, Britain’s foremost sculptor and a recent winner of the Turner prize, discusses the purpose of art and much else, with Ernst Gombrich, the great art historian

Antony Gormley: You ought to know that it was reading your book The Story of Art at school that inspired my interest in art.

Ernst Gombrich: Really!

AG: It made the whole possibility not only of studying art but also of becoming an artist a reality.

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