Maggi Hambling, British artist, at 73: ‘I wake up every day at 5am full of optimism and the first thing I do is make a drawing’

Last month Maggi Hambling and curator Philip Dodd found themselves practically shoved against the wall as they led enthusiastic visitors on a guided tour of her major retrospective at the Guangdong Museum of Art.The straight-talking, chain-smoking, queer British artist didn’t expect to be mobbed like a celebrity by the many young Chinese families who regularly visit the provincial government museum in Guangzhou on Sundays. She was told to expect a small group of journalists at the opening, but…

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