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17 February 2018Study morning - Sculpture in the 20th Century

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Study morning - Sculpture in the 20th Century Linda Smith Saturday 17 February 2018

with Linda Smith at The Bakehouse, Bennett Park, Blackheath, London SE3

The first part of this talk concentrates on sculpture from 1900 to the 1930s, looking at the crucial influence of Rodin in rejuvenating the sculptural tradition, and moves on to examine the reaction of the avant-garde which was influenced by non- western cultures. Cubism, which changed sculpture forever, as are the forward looking ideas of the Futurist. The hugely important figure of Giacometti introduces Surrealism which is set against developments in abstraction and the rise of totalitarian art in the thirties.

The second part of this talk concentrates on post war sculptures till 1990s, covering British sculptors and how the United States became the centre of the art world, looking at the work of David Smith, the pre-eminent American sculptor of the period. We move on to modern artists and their cool and detached attitudes inspired by consumer culture both in Europe and the US, and also at the severe and restrained forms of minimalism. These both sit in stark contrast to the organic materials and highly personal symbolism of artists like Joseph Beuys and Eva Hesse.

Registration from 9.45a.m.; First Lecture 10.15 to 11.15; Second Lecture 11.45 to 1.00p.m.
Ticket Price £25; Coffee and Biscuits
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