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Who’s afraid of contemporary art?

In the 20th century, Western art went through the most radical revolution of its history, turning into something that can be perceived as more challenging to engage with than historic figurative art. Artists working today have a much wider array of forms of expression to choose from, and the very notion of what art is and can do has been expanding beyond its traditional confines. This series of sessions will present possible points of view through which to look at modern and contemporary art, trying to navigate some of its potentially challenging aspects and offering possible answers to those remarks contemporary art sometimes inspires, along the lines of the famed “My kid could do that”.

Anyone wishing to learn more and reflect about contemporary art and discuss it in an open and provocative setting will find the sessions thought-provoking and informative. Open to passionate advocates or inveterate sceptics alike!

The sessions will be led by art historian Sara Riccardi. With a background in 15th century Italian painting, her work currently involves collaborations with contemporary artists. Sara has gone through a process of study and understanding of modern and contemporary art herself. Each session will focus on a key theme, and will involve Sara’s presentation, open discussion within the group and excerpts of interviews with practising contemporary artists sharing their perspective on the themes addressed. Sessions can be attended and booked individually.

Sessions dates and titles

1st session: Breaking the form – 5 October 2019, 10am-12pm

2nd session: Abstraction – 19 October 2019, 10am-12pm

3rd session: Beyond painting – 2 November 2019, 10am-12pm

4th session: Emotions, politics, social change – 16 November 2019, 10am-12pm

Book online.