Michael Fried is a poet, art historian, art critic, and literary critic. He has written extensively about abstract painting and sculpture since WWII, about French painting and art criticism from the mid-18th century to the advent of Edouard Manet and his generation (and beyond), about Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane, about the great nineteenth-century German painter-draftsman Adolf Menzel, about Charles Baudelaire, Joseph Conrad, Gustave Caillebotte, and Roger Fry, contemporary ‘art’ photographers, about Caravaggio and the transformation of Italian painting ca. 1600, and contemporary art. He is currently working on a short book on Madame Bovary, to be called Flaubert's Gueuloir. He is proudest of all of being the father of his daughter Anna. He is convinced that there is nothing harder to do than to write a successful poem.
Telling Stories: Conflict in Art
Date: Saturday 25 May
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Venue: Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
How do artists engage with war and what stories are they telling? Where is the line between documentation and interpretation? And how do varying art forms engage us differently? MCA's Senior Curator Rachel Kent speaks about representations of conflict in art with Michael Fried, one of the world's greatest art critics, Afghan artist Khadim Ali, whose recent paintings engage with current issues through the lens of historical and literary tradition, and award-winning photographer Benjamin Lowy, whose images of Iraq were chosen as some of the most iconic of the 21st century.
With thanks to the MCA, Head On Photo Festival and the University of Sydney.