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ART AND ARCHITECTURE: ESTRANGED BEDFELLOWS Richard Whincop Thursday 12 September 2019

 

The High Renaissance saw the seamless integration of art and architecture, the pinnacle of a tradition extending back thousands of years. So how was it that by the mid-20th century, mainstream Modernist architects saw painting and sculpture as anathema to their designs?  This lecture tells the fascinating story of how painting and architecture went their separate ways, exploring the complex reasons behind their dramatic divorce, including:

  • the “special status” of painting as the heralded product of artistic genius
  • a change in the form and function of the picture frame
  • the emergence of the commercial art market
  • the rise of the public “art exhibition”

Embracing the likes of Michelangelo, Watteau, Whistler and Matisse, this broad-ranging survey culminates with the Bauhaus and its legacy in the USA – and ends by asking whether the partnership between art and architecture might be revived in the 21st Century.

 

Richard Whincop is a professional artist.  He graduated in English and Art History from York University in 1986, and from 1988-1994 he lectured at the adult education departments of Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.  He then went on to become a full-time figurative artist, executing large-scale public commissions, and exhibiting widely throughout the UK. Richard now lives and works in Chichester, West Sussex.