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
Book Tickets
Sexuality: Michelangelo, Queer British Art and Grayson Perry

Tuesday 6th June

Sexuality: Michelangelo, Queer British Art and Grayson Perry

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 Renaissance 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. Whether Michelangelo was ‘gay’ or not is an irrelevant question, as this use of the word has no historical relevance – although homosexual acts were deemed illegal. But then, the same was true in the United Kingdom until 50 years ago. To celebrate this anniversary Tate Britain are showing the exhibition Queer British Art, drawing on artists as famous as Sargent and Hockney, together with lesser-known figures who have undeservedly been left in the shadows. Meanwhile, the Serpentine Gallery have commissioned Grayson Perry to present a major exhibition of new works, which he has modestly titled The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! For Perry, and his alter-ego Clare, sexuality as a cross-dressing straight man is at its most complex, and the so-called ‘crisis of masculinity’ comes to the fore.

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