ALL TOO HUMAN: BACON, FREUD AND A CENTURY OF PAINTING LIFE @ Tate Britain, May 2018. Session 3: ‘anxiety’.

“Every change is a form of liberation. My mother used to say a change is always good even if it’s for the worse.”

Paula Rego

The onset of anxiety is disorientating and can feel dispossessing – but is anxiety bad? How does anxiety arise? What does it make us alert to? Can it lead to a more authentic outlook?

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Join us on the 12th May, 19th May and 2nd June at Tate Britain’s Clore Auditorium and find out more about the sensuous, immediate and intense experience of life in paint, as captured by these painters who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

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Each event will consist of a panel discussion followed by an additional seminar led by experts from CPVA, allowing a closer look at the philosophical texts and arguments in play.

What Makes Us Human: anxiety

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Coterie Of Questions (2015) Private Collection

There is much talk in the media about the new or toxic levels of anxiety facing many of us today. But there is much can we learn about anxiety from artists and philosophers who have contemplated it using very different mediums. CPVA is delighted to invite you to join us for an exploration of and discussion about Anxiety in the light of the selection of this unparalleled selection of paintings, brought together for a short while, at the Tate Britain.

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Following this event there will be a seminar from 15.30–17.30 in the Duffield Room. Experts from King’s College London’s Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts to look more closely at some of the most influential modern philosophy on anxiety and on mood.

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‘Philosophy in the Gallery’ is a collaboration between The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts at King’s College London and Tate, supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s.

ALL TOO HUMAN: BACON, FREUD AND A CENTURY OF PAINTING LIFE @ Tate Britain, May 2018. Session 2: ‘The Body’

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“Whenever I really want to know what someone looks like I always ask a queer – because homosexuals are always more ruthless and more precise about appearance. After all, they spend their whole lives watching themselves and others, then pulling the way they look to pieces.”

Francis Bacon

Are we just our bodies? Or are our bodies merely attached and inferior to our minds? Are our bodily feelings really ‘making’ our decisions? Should we surrender to the body? Have we diminished ourselves by taming or repressing the body?

Featuring the work of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego, the exhibition explores questions central to who we are and how we see ourselves – questions about the body.

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Join us on the 12th May, 19th May and 2nd June at Tate Britain’s Clore Auditorium and find out more about the sensuous, immediate and intense experience of life in paint, as captured by these painters who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

To book tickets for the sessions,

Each event will consist of a panel discussion followed by an additional seminar led by experts from CPVA, allowing a closer look at the philosophical texts and arguments in play.

What Makes Us Human: The Body

19 May 2018 at 13.00–15.00 and 15.30–17.30

This event is the second part of the three-part series: What Makes Us Human: Conversations on Art and Philosophy.

Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud, 1964 (oil on canvas)

Francis Bacon Study for Portrait of Lucian Freud (1964) Private Collection

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Join artists, historians and philosophers for a discussion around the concept of the body in response to the All Too Human exhibition

Following this event there will be a seminar from 15.30–17.30 in the Duffield Room. Experts from King’s College London’s Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts to look more closely at some of the most influential modern philosophy on the body and embodiment.

This event is part of the three-part series: What Makes Us Human: Conversations on Art and Philosophy.

Book tickets

‘Philosophy in the Gallery’ is a collaboration between The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts at King’s College London and Tate, supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s.

What Makes Us Human?

ALL TOO HUMAN: BACON, FREUD AND A CENTURY OF PAINTING LIFE @ Tate Britain, May 2018

Girl with a White Dog 1950-1 by Lucian Freud 1922-2011
Girl with a White Dog 1950-1 Lucian Freud 1922-2011 Purchased 1952 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N06039

This Spring, CPVA invites you to join us for a series of panel discussions and seminars as part of our collaboration with the Tate Britain. Bringing together leading Art Historians, Philosophers and Artists we will be discussing the ideas behind the work of some of the most influential and powerful modern painters.

A ‘thrilling and thoughtful exhibition’, (Tim Adams, The Guardian), the exhibition All Too Human now open at Tate Britain provides a fantastic opportunity to explore these artworks and the philosophical ideas behind them: in particular, we’ll look at The Gaze, The Body and Anxiety.

Join us on the 12th May, 19th May and 2nd June at Tate Britain’s Clore Auditorium and find out more about the sensuous, immediate and intense experience of life in paint, as captured by these painters who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

To book tickets for the sessions,

Each event will consist of a panel discussion followed by an additional seminar led by experts from CPVA, allowing a closer look at the philosophical texts and arguments in play.

‘Philosophy in the Gallery’ is a collaboration between The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts at King’s College London and Tate, supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s.

© Tate Image Lucian Freud Girl with a White Dog 1950–1

Arts Meets Philosophy: CPVA Artists in Residence

Join us for an exhibition, talks and drinks showcasing the latest work by artists in residence at the Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts. Through their practice, CPVA Resident Artists explore, engage with and challenge philosophical models of freedom, meaning, purpose and truth. This show brings together their recent work and establishes a platform for dialogue between philosophers, artists and the public.

Artists Melissa Franklin, Hester Reeve, Cheryl Simmons and Siobhán Tattan will present new work made in response to lectures by John Callanan on Kant’s Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals and Christopher Hamilton on the Search for Meaning.

The exhibition will be open on weekdays between 10am and 5pm, from 30 January to 8 February. You will find us in the Arcade in Bush House, Aldwych, London.

We will be open late on 5 February, when there will be talks by the artists and academics, followed by drinks! Doors will open at 5.30 pm, and talks will start at 6. Tickets for this event are free, but spaces are limited. Please register at Eventbrite to secure a place.

We hope to see you all there!

 

In collaboration with King’s College London Cultural Programming

www.kcl.ac.uk/cultural

On Dedication

odsmallOn Dedication is a group exhibition that aims to develop a contemporary understanding of the idea of dedication through five original collaborations between artists and respondents from backgrounds in theology, philosophy, and the arts.

The exhibition consists of five pieces of work that each present  a unique and individual interpretation of the guiding theme. The exhibition is accompanied by a five-part publication commissioned especially for On Dedication, in which the respondents each respond to one of the artworks from their particular points of view.

Participating artists were Ben Van den Berghe and Edi Danartono, Harald den Breejen, Kathleen McKay, Jeremy Millar, and Joseph Noonan-Ganley. Respondents were respectively Koen Sels, Christopher Hamilton, Sacha Golob, Marcel Barnard, and Ciara Finnegan.

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Letters

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Letters was the inaugural interdisciplinary exhibition organised by the CPVA. During King’s College London’s Arts and Humanities Festival of 2015, artists Christine Bax, Anna Freeman Bentley, Harald den Breejen, Kathleen McKay, Jeremy Millar, and Joseph Noonan-Ganley showed and discussed their work with Sacha Golob, Christopher Hamilton, Ben Quash, Jane Speck, and Calum Watt. The resulting presentations can be heard here.