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	Image: Richard Larter Five in a row show 1969 (detail) synthetic polymer paint on five composition board panels, 244 × 610 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Frank Watters 2018. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program © Richard Larter. Licensed by Copyright Agency.

Art Appreciation 2020

Love, sex and death: The constant companions of art

Whilst Oscar Wilde once stated that ‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates life’, the course in 2020 will look at how love, sex and death, and artists’ obsessions with these, underpin much of the art that has been produced for millennia.

The theme will provide new information about some artists who we thought we knew but whose skills and output were sometimes driven by other desires. We also look at why some artists died lonely and under-appreciated whilst others had celebrated careers, grand funerals and elaborate tombs.

Over 37 weeks, lectures by 37 distinguished speakers – some of this country’s most revered art historians and curators – will explore and reveal the constant companions of art.

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Image: Richard Larter Five in a row show 1969 (detail) synthetic polymer paint on five composition board panels, 244 × 610 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Frank Watters 2018. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program © Richard Larter. Licensed by Copyright Agency.

Various Wednesdays 6pm or Thursdays 1pm
29 January – 19 November 2020
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Full year: non-member $900, member $675
Per term: non-member $400, member $300
Per lecture: non-member $40, member $30

Term 1: 29 January – 30 April
Term 2: 6 May – 6 August
Term 3: 12 August – 19 November

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

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Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre

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Love, sex and death: reading life through the art museum

Michael Brand

 

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Wednesday 29 January 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 30 January 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Orpheus and Ishtar: death defying desire

Iain Shearer

 

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Wednesday 5 February 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 6 February 2020 1pm – 2pm
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The family tree stops here darling: the art of David McDiarmid and David Wojnarowicz

Jason Smith

 

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Wednesday 12 February 2020 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 13 February 2020 1pm – 2pm

Death and the regeneration of life – bodily themes and imagery in Yolngu art

Howard Morphy

 

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Wednesday 19 February 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 20 February 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Oscar Wilde and the green carnation: sex, queer desire and decadence

Peter McNeil

 

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Wednesday 26 February 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 27 February 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Sexy Shanghai calendar girls and the artists who painted them

Jeremy Clarke

 

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Wednesday 4 March 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 5 March 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Between apocalypse and redemption: German modernism 1903–33

Andrew McNamara

 

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Wednesday 11 March 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 12 March 2020 1pm – 2pm
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George W Lambert: exposed

Anna Gray

 

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Wednesday 18 March 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 19 March 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Annibale Carracci and 'The loves of the gods': myth, marriage and mischief

Lorraine Kypiotis

 

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Wednesday 25 March 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 26 March 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Artemisia Gentileschi: approaching her art and her life

Lisa Beaven

 

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Wednesday 1 April 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 2 April 2020 1pm – 2pm
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The lonesome death of the artist

Alex McKay

 

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Wednesday 8 April 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 9 April 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Baroque tombs and memoria

Michael Hill

 

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Wednesday 29 April 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 30 April 2020 1pm – 2pm
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The spectre of sex and the dance of death

Lisa Slade

 

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Wednesday 6 May 2020 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 7 May 2020 1pm – 2pm

Sacred and profane love: philosophical and erotic themes in Renaissance mythology

Christopher Allen

 

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Wednesday 13 May 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 14 May 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Celestial navigation: lines of desire and the night sky

Amanda Peacock

 

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Wednesday 20 May 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 21 May 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Diego Rivera’s wife: intimacy and disclosure in the art of Frida Kahlo

Jackie Dunn

 

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Wednesday 27 May 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 28 May 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones: Ossuary art from Baroque to contemporary

Steven Miller

 

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Wednesday 3 June 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 4 June 2020 1pm – 2pm
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The seduction of the art market: the early heady days of Chinese contemporary art

Mikala Tai

 

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Wednesday 10 June 2020 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 11 June 2020 1pm – 2pm

Love, life and sacrifice: the sculpture of Rayner Hoff and his school

Deborah Beck

Note: Deborah Beck replaces Denise Mimmocchi for this lecture

 

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Wednesday 17 June 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 18 June 2020 1pm – 2pm
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The artist as lover: 'Pygmalion' and 'The Corinthian maid'

Georgina Cole

 

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Wednesday 24 June 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 25 June 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Bodily (pre)occupations: mortality and transcendence in Asian art

Chaitanya Sambrani

 

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Wednesday 1 July 2020 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 2 July 2020 1pm – 2pm

Vanitas: mortality and morality in 17th-century Dutch painting

Georgina Cole

Note: Georgina Cole replaces Josephine Touma for this lecture

 

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Wednesday 22 July 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 23 July 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Et in Australia ego: the culture of death in colonial Australia

David Hansen

 

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Wednesday 29 July 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 30 July 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Joy Hester: love, loss and redemption

Kendrah Morgan

 

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Wednesday 5 August 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 6 August 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Mr Arthur Streeton and Miss Nora Clench: the protracted wooing of an independent Edwardian woman

Wayne Tunnicliffe

 

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Wednesday 12 August 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 13 August 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Love and death in the life and art of Eugene von Guérard

Ruth Pullin

 

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Wednesday 19 August 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 20 August 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Mystic eroticism and Bernini’s St Teresa

Louise Marshall

 

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Wednesday 26 August 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 27 August 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Dangerous liaisons: the femme fatale in nineteenth-century British art

Alison Inglis

 

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Wednesday 2 September 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 3 September 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Fragonard: the game of love

Peter Raissis

 

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Wednesday 9 September 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 10 September 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Such is art: Sidney Nolan on love, sex, death and catharsis

Jane Clark

 

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Wednesday 16 September 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 17 September 2020 1pm – 2pm
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Stella Bowen revisited

Lola Wilkins

 

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Wednesday 23 September 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 24 September 2020 1pm – 2pm
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The tomb in architecture: from the Enlightenment to Carlo Scarpa

Peter Kohane

 

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Wednesday 14 October 2020 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 15 October 2020 1pm – 2pm

Literature, love and nature: the French Romantics

Chiara O’Reilly

 

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Wednesday 21 October 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 22 October 2020 1pm – 2pm
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L’armour fou: Surrealism and love

Jaime Tsai

 

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Wednesday 28 October 2020 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 29 October 2020 1pm – 2pm

Love me, love my dog... inter-species affection and love in art

Mark Ledbury

 

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Wednesday 4 November 2020 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 5 November 2020 1pm – 2pm

Death by firing squad and what art can do about it

Andrew Yip

 

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Wednesday 11 November 2020 6pm – 7pm

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Thursday 12 November 2020 1pm – 2pm

Ending with the divine: late Matisse and the Chapel at Vence

Justin Paton

 

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Wednesday 18 November 2020 6pm – 7pm

Thursday 19 November 2020 1pm – 2pm
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