September Course: Art History Revealed
This course does not start until September 2018 and it will be based on my personal view of recent exhibitions interspersed with subjects that have attracted my attention during the spring and summer of 2018. The exhibitions and topics covered are subject to change but not the dates.
|Held at:||The White House, 45 The Avenue, Hampton TW12 3RN
(free parking, café on site)
|Lecturer:||Dr. Laurence Shafe|
|Time:||10:45-12:45 (with a 15 min coffee break)|
|Fee:||£70 for 10 classes (paid by cheque at the first or second class). Note that all fees, less the hall hire, are donated to charity|
|Description:||Twenty talks on a varied mix of artists and themes. Fifteen of the talks are based on exhibitions held during 2018 as listed below. They are interspersed with some topics I found personally interesting during the year. Note that I do not aim to present the whole of each exhibition but give a personal view of the works shown. For example, there are over 100 works displayed at the exhibition at the Royal Academy of ‘Charles I: King and Collector’. This is far too many to cover in my two hour talk and so I select about 25 works that illustrate how Charles I’s love of collecting developed and how he acquired his most important works. This means I can spent several minutes talking about each picture in order to provide a better appreciation of the significance of the work in the context of the period and his life. Also, some of the exhibitions will start after I have prepared my talks and so those talks will be a personal view inspired by the title.
The talks are designed to be both informative and entertaining and my style is to lecture rather than set up discussion groups, although questions are welcome. No prior knowledge of art history is required and the level is similar to a BBC art history documentary although I squeeze in more anecdotes and background facts and I am never afraid to provide dates and names. Expect information rather than opinion.
I like to limit the class size to about twenty people so let me know well in advance by emailing me on email@example.com and I will reserve a place.
Other Topics Covered
Sunbury and Shepperton Arts Association
July Lecture: The Art of Victorian Photography
Is photography art? We shall see how this question was answered when photography was first invented.
|Held at:||Sunbury – address to be confirmed|
|Lecturer:||Dr. Laurence Shafe|
|Date:||Wednesday, 18th July 2018|
|Time:||20:00-21:45 (with a 20 min coffee break)|
|Price:||To be advised|
|Description:||The invention and blossoming of photography coincided with the Victorian era and photography had an enormous influence on how Victorians saw the world. We will see how photography developed and how it raised issues concerning its role and purpose and questions about whether it was an art.
The photographic revolution put portrait painters out of business and created a new form of portraiture. Many photographers tried various methods and techniques to show it was an art in its own right. It changed the way we see the world and brought the inaccesible, exotic and erotic into the home. It enabled historic events, famous people and exotic places to be seen for the first time and the century ended with the first moving images which ushered in a whole new form of entertainment.
The talk is complementary to the exhibition ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography’ at the National Portrait Gallery from 1 March to 20 May 2018.