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Evening Lecture: Word and Image in Modern Painting

Please note: This event has been cancelled

11 Mar 2020, 7.00PM–9.00PM
Pathfoot Lecture Theatre
Professor Paul Stirton
Evening Lecture: Word and Image in Modern Painting

Paul Stirton was formerly a Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Stirling and Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. He is now Professor of Modern European Design at the Bard Graduate Center in New York and editor of West 86th:A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, published by University of Chicago Press. He is the author of Jan Tschichold and the New Typography (Yale 2019) and “Is Mr Ruskin Living too Long?”: Selected Writings of E.W. Godwin (Oxford 2005). Despite their aim to make painting about purely visual concerns, many early 20th century artists incorporated text in their work. The “narrative art” of the Victorian period may have been rejected, but words and letterforms became an essential feature in the paintings of the Cubists, the Futurists and the Dada artists. This talk will explore the ways in which modern artists employed text, sometimes for simple reasons of composition but often to reveal new levels of meaning. A further theme will be how the constructivists employed text to make their art into a medium of mass communication. The classic modern art movements of the early 20th century are often confusing. This talk will examine some of the basic principles of modernist painting, revealing how artists like Picasso, Braque and Kurt Schwitters opened up new modes of visual aesthetics.

This event is organised by the Arts Society Stirling and Forth Valley.

If you are at the University please let the Art Collection know if you wish to attend art.collection@stir.ac.uk

This event is free for students. For others the cost is £10.00 per person.

If you would like to attend please contact the organisers

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