This three part course will look at three contemporary artists, working in a range of media, whose work engages with ideas of historical memory, political articulacy, and the meanings of materials. Each artist will be looked at in terms of a small group of representative works, examined in a sustained way, to discuss the nature of their art and its significance for our current moment.
March 7th: Kara Walker
This lecture will look at the collage, drawings and sculptural installations of this major American artist whose work considers ideas of horror, the grotesque and the comic in its address to the American past and how it comes to be remembered.
March 14th: Rachel Whiteread
This lecture will look at the sculpture of this British artist whose work addresses ideas of memory, both individual and cultural, using large and small-scale sculptural projects in a wide range of media.
March 21st: Julie
This lecture will look at the abstract paintings and drawings of this American artist whose work seeks to infuse historical forms of mark-making with political potential.
Learning outcomes: participants will
- Gain an awareness of the range of each artist's practice
- Develop skills of close looking and visual analysis
- Discover the significance of these artists for international contemporary art