MICHAEL DESMOND presents the first lecture in the Drill Hall Gallery Spring Lecture Series: History painting, then and now
ANU SCHOOL OF ART LECTURE THEATRE – LEVEL 2 Childers Street entrance
3PM SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
British artist Victor Burgin said that ‘the consequence of modern art’s disavowal of modern history is its almost total failure to be about anything of consequence.’ He was commenting on the relative absence of history painting for nearly a century of Modernism from the 1890 to the 1980s.
Burgin’s comment is surprising given that history painting is one of the oldest genres, and, for many years, considered the most prestigious. Sophisticated Europeans from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries deemed “history painting” to be the supreme achievement in the visual arts. What happened to history painting and can it be relevant today?
Admission $10 / $5 student
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