National Museum of Art Lecture Series: John Piper
- National Museum Cardiff |
- Wednesday, 9 May 2012 - 18:30 until 20:30
Who was John Piper? How did he become so famous in his day? And why, since his death in 1992, has his work been so very much to the fore in books, cultural discussions and art exhibitions? Piper, it now seems, is a key figure in the history of 20th-century British Art. He was both committed to the new, but also passionately interested in the past and sought to revive, in modern terms, certain native traditions. This talk looks at Piper’s contribution to a cultural shift which, as it unfolded fully in the 1940s, proved bold, timely, necessary, and of undeniable cultural significance.
Speaker: Professor Frances Spalding, CBE
Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer. She has written extensively on twentieth-century British art and is currently Professor of Art History at Newcastle University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art. In 2011 she published the comprehensive account of the life and work of John Piper, John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art.