Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic
This is a story about the ending of what is normally referred to as ‘The Middle Ages’. The title explains the very end of the era when Columbus stumbled upon the West Indies and the age of world domination by Europe’s faster developing countries began.
But the story is not that simple. We need to see how the world was changing at the time and what part was played by the Black Death (1348), the gentle almost unseen ending of serfdom, the rise of a new kind of middle class and their hunger for education.
With the increase of wealth among the landholding classes, luxury goods were all important and traders were competing of who could import, create or supply the best.
In Italy, the richest bankers and traders decorated their palaces with whatever luxury money could buy. Leading the need for wishing nothing but the best of the best was the Church of Rome, re-building and re-inventing itself in so many ways.
The Italian Renaissance was thus born, served by artists like Da Vinci and Michelangelo. It was soon to spread throughout Europe and beyond.
Lecturer: Peter Atkinson
Banksy has said that “art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”. A few of the items that we look at may meet one or both of these lofty aspirations. Less ambitiously, I hope you’ll find all the work to be pleasing or interesting.
Date: Monday 14th October 2019 10:30
Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)
Subject: The Double life and Amazing Works of Grayson Perry
Lecturer: John Hopwood
It would be very difficult to find another artist anywhere near as colourful and as eccentric as Grayson Perry!
He suffered an extremely traumatic childhood during which he discovered his penchant for wearing women’s clothes.
This was followed by times of being a penniless young ‘punk’ living in a squat in London.
However, he chose his fellow squatters well with one being Stephen Jones, now probably the most respected, radical and important milliner of the 20th and early 21st centuries and the other Boy George who needs little introduction.
During this time Perry decided to become an artist and his studies were eventually rewarded with a BA from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1982.
He started his career as a very controversial ‘Transvestite Potter’, but he has since become a Turner-Prize-winning artist – the only potter ever to receive that award – a BAFTA-winning documentary maker, an author, a social commentator, a museum curator, a Reith lecturer and a devoted husband and father.
In addition to his celebrated pottery creations Grayson Perry is also a creator of the most wonderful and colourful tapestries woven on Flemish looms and of minutely detailed large scale etchings.
He is a consummate self-publicist, which may have been necessary at the beginning of his career, but no longer now that he is one of the most well-known British artists alive.
This talk is full of humour, of pathos and occasionally, perhaps, what may be considered by some, rather offensive works of this amazing and utterly unique artist.
Lecturer: Rosalind Miranda
The Art World, when you look into it, must be one of the strangest institutions that exists today. It is fuelled on the one hand by greed, by people who want to make money; and on the other hand by gullibility, by people who are too willing to believe what they hope might be true.
Many injustices exist in the Art World. If you don’t have a name that is recognized, it is very difficult to get more than a small amount for your work . . . if, that is, you can manage to sell it at all. Sign the same painting with a famous name and it might sell for more than the GNP of a small nation.
We will look at some of the things that can determine the amount for which a work of art might sell; at some things that are being passed off as “art”; at some of the hoaxes that have been put over on the public; and at some of the best art forgers.
Lecturer: Angela Chantry
Subject: A journey through the fascinating history of the“Royal Town” of Xàbia / Jávea.
The presentation takes a journey through the fascinating history of Jávea, revealing that the town had a place in events belonging to the great history of Spain: from the rock paintings in the caves of the Montgó; the Roman salt works; the Muslim farmers who lived and worked in settlements on the terraced farm land; El Cid’s landing by sea; Phillip III who granted Jávea the status of “Royal Town”; the attacks by pirates; the booming raisin industry – Jávea has a very interesting past and it was not until 1981 that the town really began to take part in Spain’s booming tourist industry.
Lecturer: Peter Atkinson
Title: Intersecting Lives: John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson
While attempting throughout to separate reality from myth, I shall look at the lives, personalities and careers of the two men and at the difficult relationship between them. They had very different backgrounds, the privileged New Englander and the humbler Texas farm boy, and each had significant strengths and deep flaws. The presentation will range across more than half a century but there will be some emphasis on the 60s, the decade of their presidencies, when the principal issues were the cold war, civil rights, Vietnam, and the assassination and its aftermath. It is a story of two fascinating individuals living through interesting and challenging times.
Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic
The year 1492 is known as the year in which history books state that Christopher Columbus ‘DISCOVERED’ America. For many centuries, history was accepted and written to coincide with the Columbus stories that were taught in the USA. By replacing fiction with facts, most of the old myths are no longer seen as acceptable.
Christopher Columbus is now recognised as an avaricious man who went west in search of wealth, fame and title. He did not discover but instead he collided with a highly developed culture then prevalent on the Caribbean islands that was in many ways on par with that of Europe. His arrival in ‘The Americas’ was the very beginning of destruction, death, enslavement and misery for millions of innocent people.
At this moment in time there are places in the Americas where statues of Columbus are being destroyed and where the very name is seen as an unwelcome embarrassment to the truth. There is a likelihood that the very capital city of the USA – Washington, will no longer be synonymous with the mini state that is currently known as District of Columbia.