2013 Mayne Centre Lecture
Thomas Demand's Pacific Sun
Professor Michael Fried
J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Pacific Sun is the name of a roughly two-minute stop-motion film by the contemporary artist Thomas Demand. Michael Fried will show the film and then analyse it in detail, relating it to Demand's photography and suggesting its broader significance for the visual arts at the present moment.
Michael Fried is a poet, art historian, art critic and literary critic. He is Professor, J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities (secondary appointment: Department of the History of Art) at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He has written extensively about an array of subjects, spanning abstract painting and sculpture since World War II to French painting and art criticism from the mid-eighteenth century to the advent of Edouard Manet (and beyond). He has also written about the writers and artists Charles Baudelaire, Joseph Conrad, Gustave Caillebotte, Roger Fry, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Jeff Wall, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Demand, and other contemporary 'art' photographers.
Fried has also written on Caravaggio and the transformation of Italian painting circa 1600, and most recently about the contemporary artists Anri Sala, Charles Ray, Joseph Marioni, and Douglas Gordon. His recent publications include Flaubert's "Gueuloir": On Madame Bovary and Salammbô.
Free. All welcome.
RSVP by Friday 31 May
Refreshments will be served after the lecture, in the foyer of the Abel Smith Building.
Presented by The University of Queensland Art Museum in partnership with The Power Institute of The University of Sydney.