Art History Lectures Spring 2014

Art History Lectures by Adrian Sumner

Monday 20 January - Pop goes the Easel
David Hockney: Swinging Sixties Still Swinging

This illustrated lecture will attempt to bring the Pop Art scene into sharp focus, looking at the incredible, often thrilling, variety of visual arts experiences on offer to a rapidly-expanding market, as the Age of Aquarius kicked in. We will explore the great personalities of Pop Art (Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenberg, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenburg) as well as Op Art, Kinetic Art, Happenings, Assemblage, Abstraction, Colour-Field Painting, Nouveau Realisme, Psychedelia, Political Art, Underground Art, Posters, Magazines and Album Cover Art, Fashion, Childrens’ Book Illustration, and the beginnings of Minimalism and Environmental Art. From Apple to (Frank) Zappa, via Bridget Riley, Peter Blake, Robert Crumb, we will leave no stoned Stone unturned, and no Head unfed.

And just because he’s still swinging, we take a special look at Dear Old David Hockney, tireless innovator in a greedy artworld. Join me on this trip down Penny Lane, to Strawberry Fields. Lets meet at the Crossroads. Just off Highway 61. Outside the Gates of Eden. You get the idea….

This lecture links to our Heritage Tour to Liverpool on Saturday 25 January and the David Hockney Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery.

National Portrait Gallery - David Hockney Portraits pdf here.

National Portrait Gallery - Pop Art Portraits pdf here.

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Monday 24 February - The Art of War

A lecture examining the memorable and moving images created by British artists in the Great War and World War 2, as well as those of many other countries, plus how artists have recorded and remembered conflict down the ages, plus posters, propaganda and political cartoons. Features Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, C.R.W.Nevinson, Wyndham-Lewis, David Bomberg, Frank Brangwyn, Orpen, Lavery, Eric Ravilious, Boccioni, Severini, George Grosz, Otto Dix, and many more.

This lecture links to our Heritage Tour to Duxford Air Museum on Saturday 2 August.

Cheshire Artists Network Great War Exhibition - details here.

Catalyst - Contemporary Art and War IWM pdf here.

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Monday 17 March - Edward Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites
or How Desperate Romantics Became Dreamers of Decadence

Looking at the groundbreaking and gorgeous paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, their contemporary followers and legacy, and their formative influence on the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Decadence, International Symbolism and the Aesthetic Movement. We focus particularly on the genius of Burne-Jones, and how his ‘Golden, dim dreams’ shaped the style and thinking of a generation of artists in Britain in Continental Europe and in America. And then we explore how the dreams of ‘three visionary boys’ inspired the colours, shapes and ideas of Burne-Jones, and then of Beardsley, Mackintosh, Moreau, Khnopff, Klimt, the Vienna Secession, Lalique, Tiffany, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, finding echoes in Flower-power, Biba, and the Psychedelia of the Swinging Sixties.

This lecture links to our Heritage Tour to Birmingham on Saturday 22 March and the Collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The Pre-Raphaelites at BMAG Education Pack pdf here.

 The Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design pdf here.

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Monday 28 April - Paris in the Belle Epoque
Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, Symbolists, Fauves and Cubists

From the 1890s to the Great War, Paris was the centre of the artistic world, generating movement after movement in fine art fro the ferment of artists who gathered there fro all over the world.

We will see how the Romantic movement and the Salon gave way to successive waves of innovation, created by artists who have shaped not just Modernism, but the way in which we see the world. This lecture looks at the effortless genius of Manet, the Worldly Beauty created by Monet and the Impressionists, the rush of colour and emotion generated by Van Gogh, Gauguin and the thrilling diversity of Post-Impressionism, the dreaming other-worldliness of Symbolism and Art Nouveau, and the Shock of the New confronted by Fauvism and Cubism. And the School of Paris itself, of course.

La Belle Epoque essay by Metropolitian Museum of Art pdf here.

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Monday 19 May - Blooming Marvels - Flowers in Art

Throughout history the language of flowers has fascinated and beguiled us, and artists most of all. This lecture looks at the art of flowers, in landscape and in vases, from Ancient Rome to Modern-day Kew, taking in the Tulip Madness of the Dutch Golden Age, Monet’s paintings of his famous garden at Giverny, Art Nouveau’s obsession with poppy, convolvulus, and sunflower, William Morris’ endless invention in textile, wallpaper and print, Redoute’s Roses, plus a wealth of botanical illustrations to suit all tastes.

Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age pdf here.

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All lectures take place at 
The Council Chamber, 78 Church Road, Northwich CW9 5PB
(adjacent to St Helen's Parish Church)
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Lectures start at 2.00pm - £5.00 (£4.00 concessions) including tea/coffee

To book a place, call the DAN Office in Northwich Library on 01606 41597
or click on the links above to book online.

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