To coincide with our exhibition Real Painting, Castlefield Gallery is delighted to welcome Craig Staff, author of After Modernist Painting: The History of a Contemporary Practice (2013), to offer his response to the exhibition, considering it in relation to painting’s histories, theories and philosophies. From connections with the Renaissance and modernism, he will venture towards the means by which we might begin to think about, if not understand the works that make up Real Painting.
Join us for tea and coffee from 11am, to meet the curators and see the exhibition before the talk.
Craig Staff is Reader in Fine Art at The University of Northampton an artist and writer. He is the author of After Modernist Painting: The History of a Contemporary Practice (published by I.B.Tauris 2013). His forthcoming book, Monochrome: Darkness and Light in Contemporary Art, will also be published by I.B.Tauris in 2015. Other recent publications have sought to critically engage with certain historiographies that have been constructed around the production and reception of art broadly within the context of late or so-called ‘high’ modernism. These have included ‘A Poetics of Becoming: The Mythography of Cy Twombly,’ in Contemporary Art and Classical Myth, (Ashgate 2011) and ‘Embodiment, Ambulation and Duration’ in Modes of Spectating, (Intellect 2009). Craig Staff is Reader in Fine Art at The University of Northampton. His current research is engaged with examining notions of retroactivity within contemporary art.
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