Art on show: five artists, five London exhibitions for 2021
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB593
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
As museums and galleries start re-opening, there are exciting major exhibitions happening in London this year.
• James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective, Serpentine Galleries, 17 May – 30 August
• Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty, Barbican Art Gallery, 17 May – 22 August
Paula Rego (Tate Britain 7 July- 24 October)
• Sophie Taeuber-Arp (Tate Modern 15 July - 17 October)
• Lubaina Himid (Tate Modern - 25 November - 22 May)
Each week, the course focuses on one of these artists, examining their life and artistic development, central themes of their work and key artworks on show. British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor (born 1929) is an internationally renowned artist whose creative photo-documentary approach to portraiture has captured socio-historical developments in Africa and Britain for over six decades. The exhibition of work by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) will be the first major survey in the UK of the French artist whose groundbreaking approach to painting, prints and assemblage defined the genre of ‘Art Brut’. Portuguese-born painter, Paula Rego (born 1935) is one of Britain’s most imaginative figurative artists whose powerful visual narratives challenge representations of women in art. The polymathic practice of Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943) encompassed painting, textiles, sculpture, furniture and costume design among other art forms. A member of the Zurich-based Dada movement, she is remembered as a leading abstract artist of the late 1920s and ‘30s. The course ends with a celebration of contemporary artist Lubaina Himid (born 1954), from her early career as a leading protagonist of the British Black art movement in the 1980s to her position today as a painter of vivid reflections on desire and experience.
This course offers an opportunity to enrich your understanding of each artist’s work before visiting the exhibitions, either in person or online.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• A focus on one modern or contemporary artist’s work each week.
• An overview of key artworks that will be featured in the forthcoming exhibitions.
• Discussion of how each artist’s work has or continues to influence following generations of artists.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify the development of each artist’s work and practice within the social, political or cultural background of their lives.
• Discuss aspects of the working style and use of media by each artist.
• Feel confident to verbally describe formal visual elements of 2-3 artworks studied on the course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts of suggested reading and web resources will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
• VB573: - Ten modern & contemporary artists you should know
• VB864 : - Feminism in modern and contemporary art
• VB550: - Art in Britain 1950-2000 - 'This is Tomorrow'.
Chantal Condron has worked widely in the public and private arts sector for over 25 years including at the Government Art Collection, Tate, Sotheby's, Visiting Arts and University of London Library. She holds a BA in History of Art & Architecture from the University of East Anglia; and an MA in History of Art & Archaeology from SOAS, University of London. Chantal is currently the curator of public engagement at the Government Art Collection where her recent projects include delivering the public programme for Ways of Seeing, the loan of almost 70 artworks to unusual public spaces in Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture. As curator of modern and contemporary art, she led art programmes at the University of Hull, Whitechapel Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Ulster Museum, Belfast; and she has presented art talks widely in the UK and abroad. In 2019, her book, 'Peter Hedegaard', the first monograph on the Danish abstract artist, was published by Rocket Gallery, London.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.