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03 April 2019A Child of Six Could Do It! Cartoonists’ Views of Modern Art
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A Child of Six Could Do It! Cartoonists’ Views of Modern Art Barry Venning Wednesday 03 April 2019

Modern art is often considered difficult, but it is much less so when seen through the eyes of some of the greatest cartoonists of the last one hundred and fifty years, who provide a humorous and sceptical but instructive guide to modern art from Courbet to the Britart of the 1990s. A chance to enjoy the insights and cartoons of (among others) Daumier, Larry, Thelwell, Matt, the wise guys at the New Yorker magazine and, of course, the immortal Giles. Collectively, they provide an absorbing, illuminating and, above all, a funny, revealing and sidelong view of 150 years of modern art.

Lecturer: Barry Venning is an historian of British art with a particular interest in the work of JMW Turner, on whom he has published widely. He was the BBC’s script consultant on Turner’s Fighting Temeraire and has recently taken part (2013) in s BBC documentary called The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution. He has also published a study of John Constable’s paintings. His interests and his teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary British Art.