Grayson Perry: A Journey through the Taste Tribes of Britain
Jan
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Grayson Perry: A Journey through the Taste Tribes of Britain

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To coincide with the exhibition of Grayson Perry's tapestry cycle The Vanity of Small Differences at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, join me for a talk about the life and work of Britain's most popular living artist. Winner of the Turner Prize in 2003, cross-dresser extraordinaire, broadcaster and columnist, Perry is an artist fascinated by taste, class and the foibles of the British. I explore his vibrant and diverse work - from pottery to sculpture, drawing to architecture - as well as the ideas, thinking and experiences that have inspired them.

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Peggy Guggenheim: A Life of Collecting
Mar
5
11:45am11:45am

Peggy Guggenheim: A Life of Collecting

Socialite, muse, gallerist, lover: Peggy Guggenheim had the sort of glamorous and glittering life that has inspired countless novels and films. Friends with the leading cultural figures of her day, she was photographed by Man Ray and Andre Kertesz, took advice from Marcel Duchamp and married - among others - Max Ernst. But who was the real Peggy Guggenheim? And how did she come to amass one of the most important modern art collections in the world?

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Contemporary Art in 10 Easy Steps
Mar
5
1:30pm 1:30pm

Contemporary Art in 10 Easy Steps

Why do so many of us find contemporary art challenging and strange? What were the key breakthrough moments that got us to where we are today? An interactive lecture exploring everything from abstraction and conceptual art to the body, narrative, space and the latest trends for participatory and digital works of art. 

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The Biennale Phenomenon: Art at the Cutting Edge
Mar
6
2:30pm 2:30pm

The Biennale Phenomenon: Art at the Cutting Edge

From Sao Paolo to Sharjah and Liverpool to Gwangju, the biennial has arguably become the favourite mode of exhibition-making in the 21st century. Tracing its roots back to Venice in the 1890s, we look at how the world's first biennial moved from being a proto-nationalist, conservative display of art to the avant-garde international extravaganza it has become today.   

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In conversation with Cornelia Parker
Sep
24
12:00pm12:00pm

In conversation with Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker is one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Her work invites you to witness the transformation of ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary. Join me in conversation with this fascinating artist as part of the Art Out Loud festival at Chatsworth House to talk about her most recent projects – including her work as official Election Artist 2017 and her monumental installation Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), exhibited on the roof of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2016 – and to hear about her wider artistic practice since the 1980s.

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Music and Art in Georgian Britain
May
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Music and Art in Georgian Britain

Throughout history, art and music have together illuminated a myriad of social and cultural trends and movements, from Hogarth and Handel in the mid-eighteenth century to the Impressionists and Debussy in the late-nineteenth. Beginning with the Baroque, this inspiring six-week course addresses the synergy between the visual arts and music between 1600 and 1900. My sister Suzy Klein and I lecture together on the 18th century, combining the visual and auditory senses to build an understanding of the dynamic interactions between art forms in this vibrant period.

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What is Contemporary Art?
Feb
26
4:00pm 4:00pm

What is Contemporary Art?

Why do so many of us find contemporary art challenging and strange? What were the key breakthrough moments that got us to where we are today? An interactive lecture exploring everything from abstraction and conceptual art to the body, narrative, space and the latest trends for participatory and digital works of art. 

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The Art World: An Insider's Guide
Feb
26
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Art World: An Insider's Guide

The art world is a fascinating microcosm: a global network of subcultures with its own rules, rituals and customs. Ranging from museums to commercial galleries, public art to the auction houses, this talk gives the inside scoop on the art world's key institutions, activities and players.

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The Biennale Phenomenon: Art at the Cutting Edge
Feb
25
5:30pm 5:30pm

The Biennale Phenomenon: Art at the Cutting Edge

From Sao Paolo to Sharjah and Liverpool to Gwangju, the biennial has arguably become the favourite mode of exhibition-making in the 21st century. Tracing its roots back to Venice in the 1890s, we look at how the world's first biennial moved from being a proto-nationalist, conservative display of art to the avant-garde international extravaganza it has become today.   

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Peggy Guggenheim: A Life of Collecting
Feb
24
12:30pm12:30pm

Peggy Guggenheim: A Life of Collecting

Socialite, muse, gallerist, lover: Peggy Guggenheim had the sort of glamorous and glittering life that has inspired countless novels and films. Friends with the leading cultural figures of her day, she was photographed by Man Ray and Andre Kertesz, took advice from Marcel Duchamp and married - among others - Max Ernst. But who was the real Peggy Guggenheim? And how did she come to amass one of the most important modern art collections in the world?

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Jun
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tapestry, Taste and Teddy Bears: Uncovering the World of Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry – unconventional, media-savvy and craft-obsessed – has risen in recent years from being a controversial outsider figure to an artist at the very heart of the establishment. Now a Royal Academician and CBE, his themes have however remained remarkably consistent ever since his student days as a squatter in London. In this lecture, given on the occasion of Perry's first exhibition in Turkey, we uncover three of his recurring themes: taste and class, the inner life of the mind, and religion.

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May
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

What Place do Book Design and Illustration Have in the Digital Age?

What makes a piece of outstanding design? How can the illustrated book survive in the age of digital? A lively debate looking at the role of book design in the 21st century with Andrew Sanigar (Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson), Mark Ecob (Creative Director at Mecob Design Ltd) and Tom Bonnick (Business Development Manager at Nosy Crow).

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May
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Four Breakthrough Moments and 10 Big Ideas: The Making of Contemporary Art

With Damien Hirst’s New Religion exhibition on show at the Lightbox, this talk presents the perfect introduction to the world of contemporary art, exploring the work of artists from across the globe through the prism of four breakthrough moments – from Impressionism to the 1960s – and ten big ideas that are shaping art today. 

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Feb
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Gamekeeper Turned Poacher: In Conversation with Jeremy Deller

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A conversation with Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, from his beginnings as a student of art history to his life as a practising artist. Regularly collaborating with other artists as well as members of the public, and making work that spans a range of media – from painting, installation, drawings and diagrams, to film, public rallies, T-shirts, posters and flags – Deller has become one of the most influential figures of his generation. 

 

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Feb
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

This is (not) a Masterpiece: Challenging and Re-defining the Artistic Canon

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Who or what decides that an artwork should be considered a masterpiece and belong to the ‘canon’ of art history? A debate with Professor Mark Bradley, specialist in classical Roman sculpture; Emilie Gordenker (Director of the Mauristhuis) with reflections on popular culture's influence on the canon; and Kieran Long on the V&A’s radical ‘rapid response' collecting strategy that aspires to canonise in real time.

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Feb
4
2:30pm 2:30pm

Why Publish in the 21st Century?

What does it mean to publish today? Why do it, and for whom? A session for students of the London College of Fashion looking at publishing beyond the page – whether as apps, ebooks, blogs, self-publishing or micro-publishing – and uncovering the complete process of creating published content, from authorship and design to production, marketing and distribution.

 

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Feb
9
2:30pm 2:30pm

Democratising Art History: From Page to Screen

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How have art history broadcasts and publications evolved from the days of Kenneth Clark’s iconic ‘Civilisation’? How can art history reach a wide audience of amateurs without oversimplification? What are the keys to a great art history TV programme or a seminal art book? A debate including Jerome Clement, who presided over the trailblazing Franco-German cultural TV channel Arte for more than 20 years, and Elizabeth Markevitch, founder and CEO of ikonoTV.

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Feb
8
4:30pm 4:30pm

What Does the Digital Revolution Mean for the Future of Art History?

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Art history has been assaulted on all sides by the changes wrought by the digital revolution, from open access scholarship to the technology of apps and the advent of e-learning. A discussion on the state of play for art history in the 21st century, with Louise Rice of TouchPress and Dr Nick Lambert, Lecturer in Digital Art and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London.

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