Cross cultures speak
Adopting a ‘de-centered’ approach to the themes and subjects of 18th-century British art seems crucial to me. My PhD training and my teaching at the Courtauld have enabled me to develop a specialised knowledge of the field and I have learnt from – and worked alongside -some of the world’s leading art historians. Yet before becoming a ‘dix-huitièmiste’ I worked in publishing and my initial post-graduate degrees were from French and American universities – a masters in 19th-century French literature from the Université de Paris IV (Sorbonne) and in art history and archaeology from the University of Maryland. I continue to speak and write in French about the subjects that interest me and I maintain a strong interest in texuality, in word/image dialogues and art history as writing. Living outside of the United Kingdom for the last couple of years has been tremendously stimulating: it has enabled me to share my subjects with people working in all sorts of capacities and with different life-experiences or alternative areas of specialization.
Of the things I’m doing in Israel: for the French community (an organisation called Israel Acceuil) I have introduced art history discussion sessions on different aspects of the permanent collection at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Our first session took place in June 2017 and was on portraiture. The second session is scheduled for 20th March 2018 on landscape painting in 17th and 18th centuries.
With the Cultural Services of the French Institute I have helped organised an exhibition on the history of caricature and a public discussion on free speech (see below).
This was a fun cross-cultural collaboration: working with Aleksanda Mladenovića, Professor of Print-Making at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Belgrade, I wrote an essay about his prints for the catalogue. The occasion was an exhibition of new work inspired by the music of punk rocker Vic Godard. The exhibition travelled in… Read More ›
Le paysage au dix-septième et dix-huitième siècle, musée de Tel Aviv: Une conférence/visite pour Israel Accueil, 10h-11h30
Pour faire suite à la première conférence/visite sur le portrait qui a eu lieu le 14 juin 2017
This blog was about the contemporary arts scene in Belgrade that I started while living there (2013-15). It was the only blog on art in English and what interested me here was publicising what was happening in the region. It also overlapped with my interest in journeys, connections and transcultural shapings. To find out more see balkanartsandbeyond.wordpress.com
A conference was held last night at the French Institute in Tel Aviv, the third part in a cycle of events commemorating the first anniversary of the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher last January in Paris. The theme was ‘the history and functions of caricature and laughter’: two presentations on historical perspectives were given… Read More ›
The French Institute in Israel has turned its attention to caricature to mark the first anniversary of the tragic events in Paris. Two exhibitions are currently on show. One retraces the history of caricature from the 18th through the 19th centuries in England and France. The other pays homage to those who were killed with thirty new caricatures produced… Read More ›