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4th April, 2013

Adrian Rifkin: Art Writing, or the perfect dis-union of word and image

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4th April, 2013
6pm - 7.30pm
The Screening Room, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Creative talks for arts professionals

How does good art history get written? Curators, critics, academics, gallerists, broadcasters, artists and creative practitioners across many fields all work with language and the craft of writing to deliver concise, rich, provocative and award-winning texts about art.

The Art of Writing is a series of talks bringing eminent art writers to diverse audiences. It provides a new platform for bold discussion, fresh insights, tricks of the trade, and intelligent reflections on the interface between writing and art. It is hosted by The Culture Capital Exchange and organised by the Association of Art Historians, which promotes the professional practice and public understanding of art history.

Adrian Rifkin
Art Writing, or the perfect dis-union of word and image

Thursday 4th April 2013
6.00 pm – 7.30pm followed by drinks

Adrian Rifkin has recently retired from a professorship of Art Writing at Goldsmiths after 43 years in art education as a lecturer and a tutor in classrooms and studios. Shifting between the writing of art history and criticism, cultural studies and visual culture, he has found Art Writing and its puzzlingly amorphous M.A. the site of a more or less bucolic settlement as well an ongoing aggravation of all these different energies.

Adrian is a former editor of the journal Art History and a founder of Parallax. He is the author of Street Noises: Parisian Pleasure 1900-40 (University of Manchester Press, 1993) and Ingres Then and Now (Routledge, 2000). He has also written numerous articles, chapters, exhibition catalogues, reviews and radio documentaries on art and art theory. Recently, he has published a catalogue on Mark Fairnington for the Olivers Sears Gallery in Dublin. His web site is

Please click here for the other TCCE hosted event: Containing Multitudes: Writing About Pevsner.

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