LECTURE 1 2019 Christopher Allen: The Perennial Search for Words
Dates & times
Sun 3 March 2019, 3.00pm–4.00pm
ANU School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre
Image: Leonardo da Vinci, Vitruvian Man, c. 1490. Pen and ink with wash over metalpoint on paper. 34.6 cm × 25.5 cm.
Languages of ART
Foundation texts in in western art history and criticism.
This year’s Lecture Series focuses on the written word. It revisits “foundational texts” relating to the visual arts. Some of these texts provided key terms which have supplied the criteria of appreciation and criticism over many centuries. Others proposed cognitive frameworks which became the ground-rules of scholarship and helped create the institutions we know today. Yet others record individual writers’ responses to the provocative novelty of the art of their day.
1: SUNDAY 3 MARCH
The Perennial Search for Words: Aesthetics, Art Criticism and Commentary since antiquity
This introduction considers the elementary terminology and descriptive language pertaining to art in ancient times. It also highlights the enduring ideas which have prevailed since antiquity. Christopher Allen is art critic for The Australian and Senior Master in Academic Extension at Sydney Grammar School.
In 1932 the Swiss publisher Albert Skira brought out a luxury edition of Mallarmé’s poems illustrated by Henri Matisse. Some commentators consider this sumptuous publication a turning point in Matisse’s career, “re-entering the ring of high modernism”. The rapport between visual artists and Mallarmé, the most esoteric of nineteenth-century French poets, is the subject of this lecture.
The affinity that Matisse felt with the daring liberties of Mallarmé’s verse and the spirit of negation lying behind it granted a new lease of life to Matisse’s glorious late work.
Level 1 Childers Street entrance – at 3pm
TICKETS AT THE DOOR $10 / $5 (student) FRIENDS of the Gallery FREE.