Figures of Expression and Transgression




A seminar exploring contemporary artists’ representation of the naked body, and Egon Schiele’s legacy in relation to art and the pornographic image.

The afternoon will include:

Myth and the Figure in the Work of Leon Golub and Nancy Spero – a talk by Professor Jon Bird (Professor of Art & Critical Theory, Middlesex University).

Artists in Conversation – Artists Chantal Joffe and Stewart Helm in conversation with Mary Doyle ( co-director of Drawing Room and co-curator of The Nakeds) about their approaches to representing nakedness. Joffe adopts skewed angles and dynamic cropping to create penetrating images of people. An admirer of Schiele, especially for the manner in which he “becomes the pencil”, she has also sought to find a “way out from under the weight of the great male artist”. Stewart Helm creates seas of male figures from his imagination as a means to unburden himself of obsessions and demons. He also draws from observation – the transvestites in Palermo Park in Buenos Aires bring to life the figments of his imagination.

Good Timing – A conversation between David Austen (artist and co-curator of The Nakeds) and Gemma Blackshaw (Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth and co-curator of The Nakeds) chaired by Simon Grant (writer, editor of TATE ETC. magazine and co-editor of Picpus magazine), exploring issues that informed the curation of The Nakeds. In particular Austen’s interest in the poetic relationship between the artists’ work, the idea of nakedness, the figure alone in the void, desire and shame; and Blackshaw’s investigation into how contemporary women artists interrogate modernist concepts of nakedness, gender and sexuality.

£18 / £16 concessions / £14.40 network members

Duration 10 November 2014 - 10 November 2014
Times Wednesday to Sunday 12.00-18.00, or by appointment.
Cost £18 / £16 concessions / £14.40 network members
Venue Drawing Room
Address Tannery Arts, 12 Rich Estate London SE1 5TE, ,
Contact 020 7394 5657 / mail@drawingroom.org.uk / www.drawingroom.org.uk

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