WAA.027

Heroic Subject Matter in Contemporary History Painting, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, Terry Atkinson, Peter Dunn, Sara Selwood ; AIR Gallery, London; 12/3/87

Victorian historian and satirical essay writer Thomas Carlyle's, discusses his book On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History as a starting point to discuss the theme of heroism in this talk.

He argues that romantically charged philosophy was pervasive in historical painting and the notion of the spirited artist as creator dominated the Victorian era. The function of these past artists was to act as creator and deliver privileged knowledge from an elevated status. The artists who are present at the talk speak about whether they believe they serve a heroic function as artists, or if their work addresses a heroic subject matter. Mostly they take issue with the old fashioned impulse of the hero, not least his male defined character.


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Accession No. WAA.027
Artist: Heroic Subject Matter in Contemporary History Painting, Nancy Spero, Leon Golub, Terry Atkinson, Peter Dunn, Sara Selwood
Container annotation: On heroic subject matter in contemporary history painting.
Place/Year: AIR Gallery, London 12/3/87
Type: Talk
Technical aspects: Very clear. Stereo
Duration: 90'
Tape capacity: 90
Tape brand: Maxell