Looking again at Picasso's Guernica
20 June 2011
Co-presented with the Power Institute at the University of Sydney and the National Instiute for Expirmental Arts, College of Fine Arts (COFA) at the Univerity of New South Wales.
Pablo Picasso painted his large scale Guernica (1937) in response to the bombing of the Spanish town by German and Italian forces during the Spanish Civil War. In his exclusive Sydney public lecture art historian T J Clark will discuss Guernica, examining how a work of such enduring political resonance emerged from Picasso's deeply private and "difficult" artistic universe. He will look at the step-by-step creation of Guernica, taking advantage of the set of photographs of the work in progress taken by Dora Maar.
Timothy J Clark is currently Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of York. He was a professor of modern art at the University of California, Berkeley from 1988 - 2010. He is one of the world's foremost art historians. His work has combined an acute attention to the formal complexity of art works and a deep engagement with their complex and fraught social resonance, and has helped to shape our understanding of major modern artists and movements . Clark's books include The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers (1985), The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing (2006) and the forthcoming Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica.
TJ Clark's visit to Australia is sponsored by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council.
Cost: $20 adult $15 concession
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