Tim Hyman RA and Sandy Moffat OBE RSA discuss the significance of narrative painting in the context of the dominance of abstraction and conceptual art over the last century.
At the Essential School of Painting. In a discussion and interview at the Essential School of Painting conducted by the President of the Essential School of Painting Sandy Moffat OBE RSA the two will explore a range of Modernists who chose to work in narrative and confessional modes despite their awareness of abstraction. In the imagery of artists such as Max Beckmann, Stanley Spencer, Marsden Hartley, Alice Neel,Charlotte Salomon and Henry Darger lies the possibility of a new kind of figuration as well as a foundation for our questioning of formalist readings of twentieth century art.
This October the painter and writer Timothy Hyman RA launches his new book ‘The World New Made’, writer and American Art Historian Linda Nochlin (Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at New York University Institute of Fine Arts.) had the following to say about the book and topic in discussion
“Both wonderfully concrete in detail and wide-ranging in scope, Timothy Hyman’s The World New Made constructs a new and convincing scenario for the history of 20th-century painting. Rejecting the straitjacket of modernist theory and the rigid model of abstraction, the author, himself a painter as well as an art historian, posits the neglected realm of figure painting as the important vehicle of modernity in the recent past, reinterpreting the work of well-known artists like Chagall, Leger, Kahlo and Guston as well as reviving the careers of neglected ones like Ken Kiff, Bhupen Khakhar or Ida Applebroog. A keen visual intelligence, human warmth and intellectual commitment mark his project: needless to say, the well-chosen and beautifully reproduced illustrations do much to support the author’s provocative text.”
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