Between 1906, when he settled in Paris, and 1912, Gris made his living as a cartoonist and illustrator for Spanish and French magazines. His drawings were narrative and, mostly, comical and satirical in tone. In his Cubist collages and papiers collés of 1912-14 figures are absent but narrative situations and social and political references are suggested by the settings and objects of his still-life compositions.
To demonstrate this, we will discuss his choice of wallpapers, newspapers, cuttings from books, labels, cigarette packaging, etc., and the connections with advertisements and decorating magazines and manuals.
Elizabeth Cowling and Emily Braun are curating for the New York’s Met Cubism and the Trompe l’Oeil Tradition. Picasso, Braque and Gris are the only Cubists represented and most of their works date from the “synthetic” period, 1912-14.
This is a hybrid event held at the Luis Cernuda Hall located at Instituto Cervantes London (15-19 Devereux Ct, Temple, London WC2R 3JJ) and online via Zoom.
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About the Speaker
Elizabeth Cowling is Professor Emeritus of History of Art and Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh University. She has published widely on twentieth-century European art and specialised in the work of Picasso.
Her publications include Picasso: Style and Meaning (Phaidon, 2002), Visiting Picasso: The Notebooks and Letters of Roland Penrose (Thames & Hudson, 2006), and Picasso Portraits (National Portrait Gallery, 2016).
She has co-curated various exhibitions, including Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (Arts Council of Great Britain, 1978), On Classic Ground: Picasso, Léger, De Chirico and the New Classicism, 1910-1930 (Tate Gallery, 1990), Picasso: Sculptor/Painter (Tate Gallery, 1994), Matisse Picasso (Tate; Grand Palais, Paris; MOMA, New York, 2002-3), and Picasso Looks at Degas (Clark Art Institute, Williamstown; Museu Picasso, Barcelona, 2010-11). Cubism and the Trompe l’Oeil Tradition, which she is co-curating with Emily Braun, opens at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, in October 2022.
About the Annual Glendinning Lecture
Ever since ARTES (Iberian & Latin American Visual Culture Group) was founded back in 2000 we have aimed to work closely with the Instituto Cervantes, and have been warmly supported by the Instituto in every way.
ARTES organises and promotes numerous educational and cultural events related to Iberian and Latin American visual arts, and on many occasions, we have held the most pleasurable and well-attended events at the Instituto Cervantes.
The Instituto Cervantes also generously sponsors the newsletter produced annually by ARTES. Since its inception, ARTES has held an annual lecture given by an eminent speaker on Iberian or Latin American art.
Following the decease of our much revered late President, Nigel Glendinning, in 2013 we decided to re-name this event the Glendinning Lecture in his honour. We are most grateful to the Instituto Cervantes for their continuing support.
This year’s event is also part of the ongoing joint seminar series co-organised by ARTES and the Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art