The Arts Society is celebrating its Golden Jubilee with a lecture ‘Who Says? Can We Trust the Experts on Good and Bad Art?’ given by David Phillips. The lecture will be preceded by a Reception in the Jekyll Garden with drinks and canapés. A programme of music – from Baroque to Jazz – will be performed during the Reception by celebrated harpist Pervin Shahin. All are welcome.
Art critics and experts are often hilariously lampooned. David Phillips considers the bafflingly mysterious Polish Rider in the Frick Collection, New York, and the scrupulous scholarship involved over decades to settle just which paintings are genuine Rembrandts. World Leonardo authority, Martin Kemp, is utterly convinced he has discovered a new work by the master (but many specialists beg to differ) and a blazing dispute is underway (with millions of dollars at stake) about what is authentic, and what is not, in the work of Andy Warhol. Sometimes experts may not have been acting in good faith – or are just plain bent. Finally, Phillips asks, who is to say that Picasso is a greater artist than Edward Seago?
18.30 – 19.30 - Reception in the Jekyll Garden
19.30 – 20.30 - Lecture in the Amey Theatre
Tickets are £12.50 available from firstname.lastname@example.org