Each month London Art Studies chooses the hottest museum or gallery shows, and Dr Richard Stemp will discuss the background to the art and point out highlights not to be missed when seeing the exhibitions themselves.
This week's course will examine the work of three artists who, in the words of the Tate (about Marlene Dumas), all “reflect contemporary anxieties about life and death, gender and sexuality, and the influence of mass media and celebrity”. An instant link is formed with the Grayson Perry show at the National Portrait Gallery, just coming to an end in February, whose self-image and sexuality is brought into question by his own cross-dressing as alter ego Claire. But how could they possibly relate to Rubens? Rubens was, of course, a celebrity himself in his own day, the go-to artist for self glorification, with a sense of the voluptuousness (for the female form in particular) which fits well with the bodily images explored by both Dumas and Perry.
This lecture is designed to appeal to both curious beginners and more knowledgeable art-lovers. London Art Studies' events are 'spas for the mind' - a wonderful way to switch off, learn and have fun.
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