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Light, Colour and Veils

Thursday, 13 June, 2013 by James Alexander Cameron

Some conferences, such as last month’s Beyond the Western Mediterranean, set out to break new ground, but some are held just to celebrate and inspire. This was the mood for the day-long event at The Courtauld in honour of retiring … Continue reading

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Patterns of Dissent: Contemporaneity in South Asian Art–Subodh Gupta & The Routes of Success

Monday, 10 June, 2013 by Ashitha Nagesh

Being familiar with Subodh Gupta’s large-scale sculptural installations, it was surprising to hear him speak at The Courtauld on 21 May– for his particularly modest, humble manner of approaching his own artworks and practice was somewhat unexpected in light of … Continue reading

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Medieval Work in Progress: Dr Robert Mills on Medieval Art and the Question of the Animal

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 by Ashitha Nagesh

Although given a rather moderate-sounding title, as soon as Dr Mills started speaking about the bestialisation of the human in the context of medieval torture and martyrdom images, the seminar on the 22nd of May, “Medieval Art and the Question … Continue reading

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Caroline Villers Research Fellowship Lecture – ‘Masking Tape: From Innovators to Early Adopters and Majority Groups’

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 by Kerry Doran

Dr Pia Gotschaller presented her most recent findings on the history and use of masking tape in modern and contemporary art on Thursday 9 May in the Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre. This lecture was the second of a three part … Continue reading

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Geoff Nuttall’s lecture ‘Paolo Guinigi and Palla Strozzi: Lucchese Influence in Early Renaissance Florence’

Friday, 24 May, 2013 by Amy Bubb

Gentile da Fabriano, Adoration of the Magi, 1423 On Wednesday 15th May scholars gathered to hear Geoff Nuttall present Paolo Guinigi and Palla Strozzi: Lucchese Influence in Early Renaissance Florence. Nuttall has just completed his PhD on the artistic patronage … Continue reading

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History of Photography Seminar: Image and the Abyss

Friday, 24 May, 2013 by Kerry Doran

Toronto-based visual artist Annie MacDonell gave a compelling lecture-meets-artist’s talk, discussing her work in an open-forum manner at the Research Forum on 1 May. She began by reading her interpretation of two pivotal postmodernist texts, Craig Owen’s ‘Photography en abyme’ … Continue reading

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Memorabilia from an Age of Troublemaking – Liu Dahong and Katie Hill in Conversation

Friday, 17 May, 2013 by Megan N. Liberty

Chinese contemporary artist Liu Dahong began his presentation on 30 April by stating that he has lived through three dynasties—the first being Chairman Mao’s reign, the second when he left power, and the third the current regime. He explained that … Continue reading

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Utopia III: Contemporary Russian Art and the Ruins of Utopia

Friday, 5 April, 2013 by Lola Weddleton

In February, I attended the Utopia III conference held through the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre. The conference was the third in a series addressing the theme of ‘utopia’ within Russian art, with each focusing on a different time period; … Continue reading

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Irene Noy, ‘Why Only Look? Aural and Visual Representation of Female Identity in West Germany’

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013 by Lola Weddleton

Of the many Research Forum talks I attended Spring semester, I found Irene Noy’s ‘Why Only Look? Aural and Visual Representation of Female Identity in West Germany’ to be one of the most engaging and eye opening. As the title … Continue reading

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Mark Cheetham, ‘Landscape & Language: from Conceptualism to Ecoaesthetics’ and Mark with Mariele Neudecker, ‘Re-Inventing Landscape Traditions for the Present’

Monday, 11 March, 2013 by Tom Balfe

In the late 1960s, the N. E. Thing Co., a Canadian art collective, produced a series of interventions exploring the connection between landscape and language. They set up road signs next to nondescript stretches of countryside with messages like ‘You … Continue reading

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