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Sat 22 October 2016, 17:00 – 18:00 BST
This lecture will focus on 'The Sublime’ in Western painting and photography. ’The Sublime’ is normally connected to sensations of vast spaces in relation to nature. These spaces were associated with virgin, unchartered land, the original planet, witness to 'God’s original handiwork', and still bearing ‘God’s imprint’. These ideas began with the Romantic movement in the West (Turner, Caspar David Friedrich) and resurfaced in American painting in the 50s (Rothko, Newman, Still), in aspects of Minimalism conjuring ‘pure space’ devoid of material associations, and in photography. We will look at the trajectory of these ideas in the West. Landscape painting in China (esp. 11th to 14th centuries) and Japan (esp. 15th to 17th centuries), though conceptually entirely different, also had an influence on this trajectory, particularly regarding minimalist tendencies and the significance of space. The lecture will be packed with images of Western and Eastern painting and photography, and concentrate on visual ideas and their realisation.