Talk – January 2018

January’s talk is titled ‘Paintbrushes at dawn – great art world feuds’.

The history of art is peppered with first rate bust ups: between the great early Renaissance artists, Brunelleschi and Ghiberti, between Constable and Turner in the early 1830s, between Salvador Dali and the Surrealist leader, Andre Breton in the 1930s and, most recently, between the graffiti artists Banksy and ‘King’ Robbo, who painted out and amended each other’s works. While the rows of great artists are highly entertaining they also tell us a great deal about key issues in art history.

The talk will be given by Barry Venning – a historian of British Art whose interests and teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary British art. Barry is an Associate Lecturer in the History of Art with the Open University.

NB This talk is not the one advertised in our 2017 Programme Card. The Speaker planned for January 2018 – Louise Schoefield – has had to drop out for medical reasons. Barry Venning was scheduled to give this talk in October 2018, and has now stepped in to fill the January gap.