Thursday 19 October 2017 (Starts at 6.45 pm with the AGM)
This is a journey through the 60s in music and images, following the Beatles from the Hamburg Reeperbahn in 1960 to Abbey Road in 1969. The band was always fascinated by the visual arts – Stuart Sutcliffe the ‘fifth Beatle’ was a prodigiously talented painter - and they also learned very early on that artists and designers could help promote their image and their music. Their rise to global fame was aided and recorded by an impressive roster of photographers including Astrid Kirchherr, Bob Freeman, Robert Whitaker, Angus McBean and Linda McCartney. The innovative covers for releases such as Rubber Soul (Bob Freeman) Revolver (Klaus Voormann), the White Album (Richard Hamilton) and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Peter Blake & Jann Haworth) turned album design into an art form in its own right.
Is a historian of British art with an interest in the work of JMW Turner, on whom he has published widely, including the volume on Turner in Phaidon's Art & Ideas series, and several catalogue essays for exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Poland. He was the BBC's script consultant on Turner's Fighting Temeraire and has recently taken part in a BBC documentary called The Genius of Turner: Painting the Industrial Revolution (2013). He has also published a study of John Constable's paintings. His interests and his teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary British art. He is currently Associate Lecturer with the Open University and lectures on a freelance basis for The Arts Society, Christie's Education and other organisations.