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.

Identity: Hodgkin, Cahun, Shonibare, Ofili

Wednesday 17th May

Identity: Hodgkin, Cahun, Shonibare, Ofili

A series of intriguing exhibitions which revolve around the exploration of identity are taken place in London early this summer. The National Portrait Gallery will be looking at the portraits of Howard Hodgkin, a great colourist, and painter during a period when painting was no longer in fashion. But as Hodgkin was always an abstract artist, how can these be portraits? How can colour and line fully express someone’s character and attitude? We planned this talk before the Hodgkin’s recent death, which will make it all the more poignant and worthwhile.  Another of the NPG’s increasingly innovative exhibitions pairs Claude Cahun with contemporary artist Gillian Wearing. Cahun, working alongside her life partner Suzanne Malherbe, explored her idenitity (or identities) through a series of complex photographs which challenged notions of sexuality and gender in the 1920’s and 1930’s. And finally, we will consider race, a major theme in the works of both Yinka Shonibare and Chris Ofili, who contribute to exhibitions at the Royal Academy and National Gallery respectively.

Lecturer
Dr. Richard Stemp
Date:
Wednesday 17th May 2017
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Address
The Bulgari Hotel,
171, Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
Cost:
£75.00
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Sexuality: Michelangelo, Rembrandt & Rubens, Queer British Art.

Tuesday 6th June

Sexuality: Michelangelo, Rembrandt & Rubens, Queer British Art.

If the focus of May’s talk was the National Portrait Gallery, in June we will move next door.  The National Gallery’s Michelangelo and Sebastiano has been garnering fantastic reviews, but rather than following the professional relationship which the exhibition explores, we will look at evidence surrounding the master’s sexuality, his relationship with the young and beautiful Tommaso de Cavalieri, and the extraordinary series of drawings he made as gifts for his muse. From a later generation Rembrandt and Rubens were avowedly heterosexual. Together they are the focus of a new display, again at the National Gallery, in a newly created room, part of the Gallery’s on-going development strategy. We shall consider how their sexuality influenced their creativity, before examining Tate Britain’s Queer British Art. Planned to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legalisation of male homosexuality in Britain, the exhibition draws on artists as famous as Sargent and Hockney, together with lesser-known figures who have undeservedly been left in the shadows.

 

Lecturer
Dr. Richard Stemp
Date:
Tuesday 6th June 2017
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Address
The Bulgari Hotel,
171, Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW
Cost:
£75.00
Book Tickets