All talks begin at 4pm and are held
in the Centre for Visual Culture, 4a Trumpington St (opposite the Department of
History of Art)
Dr Michael Peppiatt (Art Critic and Curator).
On Francis Bacon and My Life in Art.
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,
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
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
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.
Prof. Evelyn Welch (King’s College, London)
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.
Prof. Nicola Suthor (Yale University).
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.