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Coming Soon – Beautifully Obscene: The History of the Erotic Print

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Beautifully Obscene: The History of the Erotic Print

15th May – 12th June, 2015

Private View: 15th of May, 2015, 6 PM – 8 PM

Studio 3 Gallery is pleased to present Beautifully Obscene: The History of the Erotic Print. Featuring over 50 works from across Europe and Japan and spanning the course of 500 years, the exhibition incorporates the different approaches used by artists in order to explore themes of sexuality, gender roles and power.

The show explores Sir Kenneth Clark’s famous distinction between the socially-acceptable ‘nude’, and the socially-pejorative ‘naked’ body, with the majority of the works included arguably belonging to the latter category. Beautifully Obscene will not only present viewers with a comprehensive study of the aesthetics of the human form and sexuality, but will also challenge our deeply ingrained discomfort with erotic visual representations, and suggest that beauty can in fact be found in the obscene.

Prints have historically been affordable ways to rapidly and economically reproduce and disseminate images, and this has created a rich legacy of erotic art. As well as showing how these themes have evolved across centuries and continents, this exhibition will also document how the viewers’ relationship to the image has shifted over time. Many of the older examples in the show come from books or pamphlets where they could be viewed intimately and privately. More recent and contemporary works were intended to be shown in a gallery setting, so expand the scale of the body, confronting the viewer directly.

The featured artists have represented motifs such as the classical nude of Western Antiquity, modern French eroticism, through to the 30 explicit prints of 18th and 19th century Japanese Shunga, and contemporary meditations on the human form and sexuality. This exhibition explores what we reveal and what we conceal, and the hidden educational and religious connotations that the erotic can harbor. It questions societal fears of the explicit and the pornographic, tackling themes of sexuality, gender and the role of the erotic in a diverse range of cultures and eras.

The exhibition will include works from Pietro Aquila, Pietro Santi Bartoli, Monika Beisner, Jan de Bisschop, Emma Bradford, Simone Cantarini, Stephen Chambers, Marianne Clouzot, Gabriel Dauchot, Angele Delasalle, Roland Delcol ,Amandine Dore, Tracey Emin, Brad Faine, Henri Fantin-Latour, Valentin Le Fevre, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Othon Friesz, Frans de Geetre, Paul Guiramand, Sarah Hardacre, William Hogarth, Katsushika Hokusai, Anita Klein, Rudolf Koch, Antonio Lafrery, Martin Van Maele , Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse, Patricia Nik-Dad, Pablo Picasso, André Provot, Felicien Rops, Berthommé de Saint-André, Kitagawa Utamaro, Alex Varenne, Marcel Vertes , Denis Volx, Lucas Vorsterman, and Shane Wheatcroft.

This exhibition has been organised by students from the Print Collecting and Curating Module at the University of Kent’s School of Arts. This course gives students the opportunity both to curate a museum-quality exhibition of their design and to acquire prints for the Kent Print Collection. In thinking about this exhibition, this year’s students wished to address the lack of erotic art in the permanent collection and to explore the rich and varied history of sensuality and eroticism depicted in print.

For more information and updates, follow our Facebook event page.

#EARBOX meets Palindrome: Q&A with Ian Massey, Brian Rice and Richard Rome

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Working Drawing (circa 1965), Richard Rome. Courtesy of the Artist.

Working Drawing (circa 1965), Richard Rome. Courtesy of the Artist.

Studio 3 Gallery is pleased to announce that our upcoming event in Palindrome, a Q&A session with Brian Rice and Richard Rome with Ian Massey, will now be preceeded by the next installment of #EarBox, a collaboration with the Music Department. Join us from 4pm for Glassworks. Daniel Harding, Deputy Director of Music will be playing a selection of piano music by Philip Glass. The recital programme will include two of Glass’ Etudes, and sections from his soundtracks to The Truman Show and the BAFTA award-winning film, The Hours.

Tickets for both #EarBox and the Q&A are free, but booking is recommended due to the limited capacity of the gallery. Please book your place by following this EventBrite link.

The itinerary for the afternoon’s events will be as follows:

Thursday 26th February

  • 16:00 – #EARBOX – Glassworks, Philip Glass performed by Daniel Harding
  • 16:45 – Intermission
  • 17:15 – Refreshments
  • 18:00 – Brian Rice and Richard Rome in conversation with Ian Massey
  • 19:15 – Close

Studio 3 Gallery,  Jarman Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UG

Keep up to date on future #EARBOX events by tracking #EarBox both at the Studio 3 Gallery blog and the Kent Music Department blog.

PALINDROME: Q&A WITH IAN MASSEY, BRIAN RICE AND RICHARD ROME

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Studio 3 Gallery is delighted to announce that artists Brian Rice and Richard Rome will be in conversation with the curator, writer and expert on British art, Ian Massey on 26 February. This is a great opportunity for lovers of 1960s art to hear more about the art on display in our current exhibition Palindrome: The Sixties Art of Brian Rice and Richard Rome.

Refreshments will be available from 17:30, and the talk will begin at 18:00.

Tickets are free, but booking is recommended due to the limited capacity of the gallery. Please book your place here: https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/15651255326/

 

#EARBOX: a Studio 3 and Music Department Collaboration

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We are very excited to be launching #EarBox, a new collaboration between the School of Arts’ Studio 3 Gallery and the Music Department.

#EarBox is a series of events exploring the meeting-point between visual art and music, where visitors can experience the latest Studio 3 exhibition, or listen to the unfolding musical performance – or wander the new emotional landscape mapped by the intersection of art and music, where the experience of one medium informs and influences a response to the other.

For our first event, visit Palindrome, our new exhibition of the 1960’s paintings of Brian Rice and sculptures of Richard Rome while Daniel Harding, Deputy Director of Music, performs piano works by Philip Glass, Erik Satie, John Cage and Amy Beach.

Event Details:

Wednesday January 28th, 13:00

 Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UG

Admission to all these events is free; make sure you’re following @Unikent_music or @Studio3Gallery for event details, or visit the Music department’s What’s On or the Studio 3 blog page from early January to find out what’s coming.

Art Matters: Symposium on Art and Politics

ART MATTERS // SYMPOSIUM ON ART AND POLITICS

15TH NOVEMBER 2014 | TURNER CONTEMPORARY, MARGATE. FOYLE ROOM

Philosophers of art and art historians will debate how we might understand the relationship between art and politics. Is all art political? Is there a difference between political art and propaganda? Can art make a real political impact, or does it just preach to the converted? What are the most useful theoretical models for thinking about the political dimension of art? Such broad issues are compellingly brought into focus by Jeremy Deller’s exhibition.

Date: 15th November 2014
Time: 1.30pm
Location: Turner Contemporary, Margate

PROGRAMME 

1:30 WELCOME (Martin Hammer)
1:45 – 2:15 Political Art and Political Propaganda Art

Angelo Cioffi (Kent)

2:15 – 2:30 Q&A
2:30 – 3:00 Art and Politics: the Crosshatch and the Breach

Bernadette Buckley (Goldsmith)

3:00 – 3:15 Q&A
3:15 -3:30 BREAK
3:30 – 4:00 Varieties of Political Art: The Curious Case of Jeremy Deller

Diarmuid Costello (Warwick)

4:00 – 4:15 Q&A
4:15 -4:45 Apocalypse Now, then: Politics and Contemporary Art Partnerships

Grant Pooke (Kent)

4:45 – 5:00 Q&A

The event is open to all at £8, £6 for concessions, and free for Kent staff and students on production of a KentOne card.

 View more information and reserve your place at the Turner Contemporary’s webpage.

 

Talks: Visiting Artists in Fine Art at the School of Music and Fine Art

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Artists from activist group Liberte Tate stage a performance in Tate Britain on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and released 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A naked member of the group has had an oil-like substance poured over him by silent figures dressed in black and wearing veils, and is now lying in a fetal position on the floor in the middle of the exhibition Single Form. Dedicated to the human body, Single Form is one of a series of British Art Displays staged throughout the galleries of Tate Britain.

Visiting Artists’ Talks

Autumn term 9th October – 11th December 2014

The Clocktower Building Lecture Theatre
The School of Music and Fine Art
University of Kent
Chatham Historic Dockyard
Kent
ME4 4TZ

Kent School of Music and Fine Art in Chatham is very proud to announce a program of visiting artists, writers, filmmakers, curators and performers who will talk about their work on consecutive Thursdays for 10 weeks commencing from the 9th October 2014.  These talks follow the success of the previous Visiting Artists’ Talks earlier in the year and the Autumn term’s lineup showcases female artists working in a variety of contemporary artistic fields. This program shows the astonishing breath and scale of contemporary artists practice. Each speaker is renowned in their own field and uses imagery, materials and processes differently to pose distinct and searching questions and to address the urgent concerns of our age.

Fiona Boundy, known curator and producer of Artlands North Kent, will be speaker at the next talk on the 16th October.

All talks are free to attend and are open to all. The programme for the term is as follows:

Ruth Ewan 9th Oct
Fiona Boundy  16th Oct
Hannah Rickards 23rd Oct
Lindsay Seers  30th Oct
Hayley Newman 6th Nov
Ope Lori  13th Nov
Trish Scott 20th Nov
Kirsten Glass 27th Nov
Jananne Al-Ani   4th Dec
Ami Clark  11th Dec

View all the artist profiles and more information on the School of Music and Fine Art’s page.

A free shuttle service operates for Kent students and staff travelling between Kent campuses: more information on the Kent website.

Image: Liberate tate, Amy Scaife/Corbis

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UNDEREXPOSED – SERIES OF TALKS

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FREE lectures by leading experts – guarantee your seat today or it may be standing room only!
Making a difference. Women artists as printmakers by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator (Prints), Victoria & Albert Museum
Saturday, 17 May 2014 from 10:30 to 12:00
Paula Rego as Printmaker by Paul Coldwell, artist and Professor in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London
Thursday, 22 May 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00
The different techniques of printmaking by contemporary artist and Kent alumna Dawn Cole
Saturday, 24 May 2014 from 14:00 to 16:00
Gwen Raverat: her history, wood engravings and circle of friends by her grandson, William Pryor
Saturday, 31 May 2014 from 14:00 to 16:00
Biting through: the relationship between etchings, lithographs and screenprints and my kinetic sculpture by Liliane Lijn
Saturday, 7 June 2014 from 14:00 to 16:00
Black, white and one: developing a print portfolio from artwork to gallery by Fiona de Bulat, artist, lecturer and cofounder of ‘DBA editions’ print studio
Thursday, 12 June 2014 from 18:00 to 20:00
‘Beauty in art’ and ‘My printmaking techniques’ by the celebrated artist Anita Klein PPRE Hon RWS
Saturday, 14 June 2014 from 14:00 to 16:00

 

Portraits and a Dream: Art & Language

Art & Language were formed in 1967/68 out of the collaboration of four artists: Mike Baldwin, Terry Atkinson, David Bainbridge and Harold Hurrell. The group’s name derived from their journal Art-Language, that existed ‘as a work in conversation’ from 1966 onwards. During the 1970s the name served as a common identity for various artists involved in a range of international collaborations, though from the late 1970s Art & Language have consisted of Mike Baldwin, Mel Ramsden and Charles Harrison, until the latter’s death in 2009. Widely considered to be one of the first, most influential and controversial conceptual art groups, Art & Language have exhibited globally, including at Documenta, the Lisson Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Tate Gallery, the Getty Museum and Barcelona have holdings of their work. They were nominated for the Turner Prize in 1986.

Art & Language’s work is characterized by a diverse array of activities and projects commonly characterized by the resistance to categorization and by an ‘openness of effect’ and meaning. Their oeuvre marks a historical turn toward a more theoretical, linguistic and critical intervention into the context of fine arts production. Much of their work provokes reflection on the institutional conditions of making and contemplating works of art and reflects critically on the history of modern art and contemporary practice, as well as the uses and functionality to which culture and cultural objects are put. A central concern of their oeuvre from the beginning, as the name Art & Language implies, is the exploration of the relationship between the linguistic and visual and the questions involved in the interrelation and understanding of the one in terms of the other.

The installation Portraits and a Dream involves a series of interrelated works, including written texts, poster-portraits pasted on the gallery walls and another set of the same printed writings cut up and fashioned into paper-chains. This is a demotic motif Art & Language have been using for the past couple of years, but one whose meanings are linked to the swirling linear forms of the paintings of Jackson Pollock, whose Portrait and a Dream (1953) is referenced in the work’s title. As Charles Harrison has commented, the apparently ‘perverse’ motif of the paper-chain represents a response to ‘the critical requirement that…whatever in practice is inflated – in scale, in genre, in professional ambition, in technical adventure – must at some point be brought low.’ The ‘decorative’ paper-chains of Art & Language simultaneously bring the work of art down to earth while re-configuring its form and meanings.

Portraits and a Dream was first exhibited at the Lisson gallery in 2010; the exhibition at Gallery 3 presents a new version of the work. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by the curator Jon Kear and texts by Art & Language is available. Mike Baldwin and Mel Ramsden will also be doing a number of seminars in conjunction with the exhibition.

Jon Kear, Curator Portraits and a Dream

Portraits and a dream invitation

3 Oct to 16Dec
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Free, Disabled Access

Studio 3 Gallery
Jarman Building
School of Arts
Canterbury Campus
University of Kent

(tel: 01227 827228, web: www.kent.ac.uk/arts.hpa/exhibitions)