London Art Studies was founded in 2011. We started with a few friends who gathered for lunch and a lecture and we have, since then, developed and evolved into the LAS which you see today: a curated digital hub with a global audience. We always want to remain true to those early days and continue to offer our students the opportunity to see our lecturers 'teaching live' in our home city. We hope to welcome you to one of our classes soon.
It’s well known that there were relatively few women who managed to make a successful career as artists alongside the Old Masters; some of the few women who did start to forge a career lost out to their more famous – though not necessarily better – husbands. This talk will celebrate just a few of the women, who, arguably, outshone their other halves and, as time progresses, increasingly prove themselves to be The Better Half.
As ever, this is inspired by a series of wonderful exhibitions in London. The Barbican will feature Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-Garde; we will explore the work of Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson, whose work will be included in this show. Tate Modern will exhibit work by Anni Albers, who studied at the Bauhaus in Germany, married her tutor then moved to the US to become one of the leading textile artists of the 20th Century. Lastly, we will explore the work of Frida Kahlo (subject of the exhibition on view at the V&A), whose enduring legacy certainly surpasses that of her husband, Diego Rivera.
There have been numerous exhibitions and books entitled Vienna 1900, as this date at the very turn of the century seems to embody the height of creativity of the Secession, the remarkable Viennese embodiment of Art Nouveau. However, nothing specifically happened that year. Eighteen years later, however, the movement came to a definitive end with the deaths of no fewer than four of its principal artists: Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Kolomon Moser and Otto Wagner.
The Royal Academy will be celebrating this centenary with an exhibition of rare and fragile drawings by the better-known artists, Klimt and Schiele, and they will form the subjects for our first two talks. The third talk will introduce Moser and Wagner, both fundamental to the development of the Secessionist Style; Moser most famous perhaps for his remarkable and energetic poster designs, whilst Wagner, as an architect, was responsible for the construction of modern-day Vienna.BOOK NOW