Building Babylon in Eden – Art Treasures of New York
Lecturer: Adrian Sumner
Location: DESY Auditorium
Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond
Claude Monet ca. 1920. Museum of Modern Art, New York City
New York is so crammed full of Old Masters, it’s surprising there are any left in Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (bewildering in scale and truly a treasure house) and the Frick Collection (like visiting a very, very wealthy relative) are wonders of this New World. The Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art are unrivalled in their 20th century collections. Plus, of course, New York is unquestionably the centre of the international art market and a hotbed of contemporary art and artists. And then there’s the theory that it has the greatest works of art of the 20th century in its skyscrapers, and of the 19th in the Brooklyn Bridge. And don’t even get me started on the Whitney, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, the Rockefeller Plaza or the staggering range of public art boasted by the ‘city that never sleeps’ And that’s only the visual arts. This lecture, illustrated, as you might expect, with all kinds of eyewitness slides, takes us to the four corners of Manhattan.
A graduate of Liverpool College of Art, Adrian has worked as an Illustrator, Arts Development Officer and Lecturer in various academic and public institutions. Currently, he is Arts Development Officer for Cheshire West and Chester Council, with a particular interest in Visual Arts.
He has lectured in the History of Art for the University of Liverpool and a variety of groups and societies, to many thousands of people over a period of twenty years. Recent developments have included lecture tours to Paris, Glasgow, Prague , Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Bruges, New York, Madrid, Ekaterinburg, Cologne and many English cities. Specialist subjects include Flemish Art, Mannerism and the Modern Movement.
His painting is figurative and highly detailed, drawing its inspiration from many periods of history and many artistic sources. It aims to entertain, disturb and resonate.
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