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Walter Crane and the Arts and Crafts Watercolour (Richard McDougall Lecture, 10th December 2013)

Thursday, 12 December, 2013 by James Alexander Cameron

I had been rather looking forward to the annual Richard McDougall lecture on British watercolours, as during my time at studying for a BA at Manchester in 2008, there was a particularly rewarding exhibition running at the Whitworth Art Gallery on Walter … Continue reading

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How to draw the wind …

Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 by Niccola Shearman

Frank Davies Memorial Lecture Series, Art and Vision Science Double Echo: Exploring the Resonance Between Art and Science, Chris Drury, Tuesday 3 December 2013 Trace the flight of an Albatross circling the Antarctic over a period of eighteen months and use this … Continue reading

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Re-interpreting Aby Warburg: a 2013 conference in London on a 1905 lecture in Hamburg

Monday, 2 December, 2013 by Camilla Pietrabissa and Maeve O'Donnell-Morales

Dürer and Warburg: Interpreting Antiquity took place on 22 and 23 November 2013 at the Courtauld and the Warburg Institutes If Aby Warburg was obsessed with the unexpected eruption of ancient forms of extreme expression in Renaissance art and beyond, … Continue reading

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Architecture and Music in Renaissance Venice (Thursday 21st November)

Sunday, 24 November, 2013 by James Alexander Cameron

They say architecture is “frozen music”, but this week has been a particularly noisy one for this art historian. First there was the Liturgy in History study day at Queen Mary University, where both the seminar room in Whitechapel and then St. … Continue reading

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Engulfed and in Motion

Friday, 22 November, 2013 by Niccola Shearman

Regine Rapp, Art Laboratory Berlin: Some notes on the Phenomenon of Perception in Contemporary Installation art, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 In a continuation of this term’s investigations into the relationship between art and perception, this week’s Frank Davis Lecture concerned the … Continue reading

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The Beholder’s Gaze: What do our eyes see when we look at pictures? (5th November 2013)

Sunday, 10 November, 2013 by Camilla Pietrabissa

Does pictorial composition lead the beholder’s gaze when looking at pictures? Is abstract art a universal language? Is artistic perception culturally-based? Issues of art reception are central to the research of Professor Raphael Rosenberg, invited to speak at the third … Continue reading

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Every picture tells a story

Thursday, 7 November, 2013 by Niccola Shearman

The Newsreel, the Daredevil and the Cameraman: character and play in the interwar newsreel, by Dr Sara Beth Levavy. Modern and Contemporary Seminar, Monday 4 November. With a focus on the pivotal role of the cameraman in the newsreel films … Continue reading

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Fifth Early Modern Symposium: Bringing Art into Being in the Early Modern Period (27th October 2013)

Tuesday, 5 November, 2013 by Camilla Pietrabissa and James Alexander Cameron

Convened annually by two PhD students from the Courtauld, the Early Modern Symposium is an opportunity for scholars of all levels to give papers covering a period of almost three centuries, from around 1550 to 1800, and to discuss theoretical … Continue reading

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Artist’s Talk: Shirin Neshat

Friday, 1 November, 2013 by Camilla Pietrabissa

Thursday, 24 October 2013 Artists’ talks provide both the chance to observe an artist’s public self-fashioning, and to venture behind the scenes of art production. Shirin Neshat’s profuse account of her professional trajectory insists on the collaborative origin of her … Continue reading

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The Books that Shaped Art History (Book Launch, 31st October 2013)

Friday, 1 November, 2013 by James Alexander Cameron

Last night the Research Forum was celebrating  the release of Thames and Hudson’s The Books that Shaped Art History, a collection of sixteen essays by eminent art historians on seminal publications from within our still anxiously young discipline. Chaired by … Continue reading

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