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Sunday, 1 February 2015

An Introduction to British Contemporary Art - talk by Sophie Cummings

The first of this years museum talks was a great success, on a cold and miserable evening, thirty five people came to hear Sophie Cummings give an introduction to British Contemporary art. Sophie gave a thought provoking and interesting perspective on the subject, starting by saying she was going to be talking about art from the 1980s onwards, although it could be argued she could have brought the date forwards or backwards.
Sophie began by talking about some of the great works we have from this period, including Jeffery camp's 'Burling Gap' which has been lent to the Holburne:
Yvonne Habgood's 'Wiltshire Landscape is another 'cracker':
And Timothy Hyman's 'The Stripping of London' is hanging in the current exhibition:
Sophie went on to consider the gaps in the collection, and showed us a few artists who could have been chosen, including Chris Ofili's 'Afronirvana' from 2002. It looks fabulous:
Sophie spent some time considering what work we should be acquiring now, and talked about some of the latest works she has selected, some of which are in the new exhibition.
I took a random photo of the audience after the talk:
 And we very much admired the new chairs which are comfortable, hook together easily and twenty can be stacked together. 
 Here's a  stack of chairs
The Friends contributed towards the cost of the chairs, and I think we'll all feel the benefit during talks.
Tomorrow 2nd of February, Lisa Milroy talks about 'The Pleasure of Painting' at 6.30pm.

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