Las Mornings
In Focus

LAS In Focus launched in February, 2015 and provides a look at the most talked-about exhibitions on the London gallery scene. It’s the insider’s guide to the art on view in London. Each term we select the museum or gallery shows we think people will be talking about, and lecturers will discuss the background to the art and point out highlights not to be missed when seeing the exhibition itself.

The lectures begin at 10am, and will finish by noon; coffee and light refreshments are provided, and this lecture series takes place at either the Berkeley Hotel or the Bulgari Hotel, London.

Comment and Commitment in Contemporary Art

Thursday 8th February

Comment and Commitment in Contemporary Art

Before Ai Weiwei’s large-scale public art installation entitled “Good Fences Make Good Neighbours” was installed in New York City, protesters gathered in its location. The reason? It was deemed to be infused with politics. It’s an often overlooked point– but an artwork is a testimony to the time which precedes it, the environment which moulds it, and the politics which infuse it. Does art truly have the power to generate social and political change? Dr Richard Stemp starts the morning with a look at the history of political art, from Rubens and Goya through to Manet and Picasso. This will set the scene for our next two discussions, which will provide background to the Imperial War Museum’s current exhibition, Age of Terror: Art since 9/11. We will look in depth at four of the artists represented there, Gerhard Richter, Ai Weiwei, Jenny Holzer and Mona Hatoum, and explore how their politics has influenced both their art, and the world around them.

Lecturer
Dr. Richard Stemp
Date:
Thursday 8th February 2018
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Address
The Bulgari Hotel,
171, Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
Cost:
£75
Book Tickets
Painting People

Tuesday 6th March

Painting People

One of the art highlights of 2018 is bound to be Tate Britain’s exhibition All Too Human,  which will celebrate how artists have captured the intense experience of life in paint. Placing the work of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon at its heart, the exhibition will explore their shared commitment to representing both the intensities and frailties of life. Our morning’s lecture will be divided into three separate discussions. The first two of these will be dedicated to Freud and Bacon individually, and will consider the great parallels in their works. The final discussion will explore the work of Paula Rego, considered one of the most important artists working in representational art in Britain today. Her chosen medium, pastel, has sometimes been considered as overtly feminine; Dr Richard Stemp will explore how Rego’s use of pastel provides a nuanced response to women artists through the ages.

Lecturer
Dr. Richard Stemp
Date:
Tuesday 6th March 2018
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Address
The Bulgari Hotel,
171, Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
Cost:
£75
Book Tickets