Monday Lunch & Lecture – `A Five Year Old Could Do That`: Trying to Make Sense of Modern Art

Art History



Richard Kay

7 August 2023

1:00 pm

£29 includes lunch

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Maybe we have all been guilty of scoffing that a modern work of art looks as though a child could have done it.

Is that true? Is it fair? Is simplicity of form always the same as simplicity of meaning? How can we admire something that already appears to be within our own abilities to imitate? And how can someone who readily appreciates Titian and Turner look at Hockney and Hirst in the `right way`?

This talk will try to explain why and how we should be prepared to be amazed – and not annoyed – by modern art.

Includes lunch. Lunch is served from 1pm and lecture begins at 2pm.

Tutor information

Richard Kay is a Director of Lawrences Auctioneers in Crewkerne and the firm’s specialist in paintings, drawings, watercolour and prints. After leaving university in 1986, he joined Sothebys and spent eight years with them before moving to Phillips (now Bonhams) to be a picture specialist and Associate Director there. He joined Lawrences in 1999. His particular area of interest is British printmaking since 1900.

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