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

In the late 19th Century Oscar Wilde opined that ‘All art is useless’ – but then he was an advocate for the Aesthetic Movement, which believed that the only function for art was to be beautiful. But beauty is only one of the issues that has concerned artists over the centuries, and many have been politically committed, or at least have chosen to comment on issues which deserve notice. Out first talk today will look at a brief history of political art, passing through Rubens and Goya to Manet and Picasso, leaving the remaining two talks to focus on an intriguing exhibition hosted by the Imperial War Museum, Age of Terror: Art since 9/11, looking in depth at four of the artists represented there, Gerhard Richter, Ai Weiwei, Jenny Holzer and Mona Hatoum.

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

Tate Britain’s major offering this Spring will be All Too Human, which brings to the foreground those great artists working in Britain who not only did not abandon painting, as it became increasingly unfashionable, but also stuck firmly to representation. In particular it looks at the works of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, friends who painted each other, but whose works could hardly be different – with the exception that both look to the frailties of the human condition even if in such different ways. Both were masters of painting, and could handle paint better than almost anyone in the 20th century. The first two talks this morning will be dedicated to them individually – without shying away from the parallels and comparisons in their work – while the third talk will focus on Paula Rego, the only woman included in this exhibition, and one of the greatest women working in representational art in Britain today. Her chosen medium, pastel, has sometimes been dismissed as overly feminine, but requires a mastery of touch, and allows for hard-hitting comment on the plight of women throughout history and the role of women today.

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