The Visual Culture Seminar Series for Michaelmas Term begins on October 16th

All talks begin at 4pm and are held in the Centre for Visual Culture, 4a Trumpington St (opposite the Department of History of Art)

16th October

Dr Michael Peppiatt (Art Critic and Curator).

On Francis Bacon and My Life in Art.

Author and curator, Dr Michael Peppiatt will discuss the art of Irish-born painter Francis Bacon (1909-1992), whom he first met as a Cambridge student in 1963 and who has been the subject of several of his publications. These include ‘Francis Bacon In Your Blood: A Memoir’ (2015), ‘Francis Bacon: Studies for a Portrait – Interviews and Essays’ (2008), and ‘Francis Bacon: Anatomy of an Enigma’ (1997). He has curated major exhibitions, including ‘Bacon/Giacometti’ at the Fondation Beyeler (2018), ‘Caravaggio/Bacon’ (Galleria Borghese, Rome, 2009) and ‘Francis Bacon in the 1950s’ (Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, 2007). He will curate the exhibition Francis Bacon: Man and Beast for the Royal Academy, London, in 2021.

30th October

Thomas Marks (Editor, Apollo Magazine) in conversation with Michael Armitage (Artist).

On Contemporary Painting.

Thomas Marks, editor of the leading art magazine Apollo, will discuss contemporary painting with Michael Armitage, one of the most innovative painters working in Britain today. The conversation will range across subjects such as materials and technique, new approaches to the figure, explorations of race and identity, and how contemporary practitioners engage with the inherited traditions of their medium.

Thomas Marks has been the editor of Apollo, the international art magazine, since 2013. He writes and lectures regularly about leading artists, museums and their collections. He is a trustee of Art UK, the cultural education charity that opens up the UK’s national art collections to global audiences through digital archiving and interpretation.

Michael Armitage lives and works between London and Nairobi. His paintings have been shown across the world, including at the Venice Biennale this year and in solo exhibitions at MCA Australia in Sydney, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, the South London Gallery, and, this autumn, at MoMA in New York. Works by Armitage have been acquired by public collections such as National Galleries Scotland and the Government Art Collection.

20th November

Prof. Evelyn Welch (King’s College, London)

Old Skin.

Evelyn Welch if Professor of Renaissance Studies, Provost and Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences) at KCL. An expert in Renaissance material culture, her books on the histories of courts, commerce, fashion and medicine have transformed the field. Her publications include Fashioning the Early Modern (2017), Making and Marketing Medicine in Renaissance Florence (with James Shaw, 2011), Shopping in the Renaissance (2005) and Art in Renaissance Italy (2000). She is currently directing the Wellcome Trust-funded project Renaissance Skin, the findings of which she will present in her talk.

27th November

Prof. Nicola Suthor (Yale University).

Macchia versus Memoria? Outlining inner Images

Nicola Suthor is a leading scholar of early modern art. Her work has ranged widely in Northern and Southern painting, drawing and sculpture, including studies of Rembrandt (Rembrandts Rauheit, recently translated as Rembrandt’s Roughness, 2019) and Titian (Augenlust bei Tizian. Zur Konzeption sensueller Malerei in der Frühen Neuzeit, 2004). Her work combines attention to facture and process with the analysis of theoretical paradigms, for example in her study of ‘virtuosity’ in Baroque art: Bravura: Virtuosität und Mutwilligkeit in der Malerei der Frühen Neuzeit (2010). She will be speaking about her current project, Meta/physics of Drawing: Trains of Thought and the Artist’s Line, which is based on the thesis that the horizon of possibilities opens up in a process of vague linear articulation.