Sebastian Smee and Paul Tucker

discuss

Lucian Freud

and

Kenneth Noland: Paintings, 1958-1968

This event includes a book signing

Date

Apr
30
Wednesday
April 30, 2014
7:00 PM

Location

FPC Parish House
3 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Cambridge Forum welcomes renowned art critic SEBASTIAN SMEE and art history professor of the University of Massachusetts Boston PAUL TUCKER for a discussion of their respective works Lucian Freud and Kenneth Noland: Paintings, 1958-1968.

About Lucian Freud:

British artist Lucian Freud is widely considered the most important figurative painter working today. Master portraitist and specialist in nudes, Freud uses impasto to create depth and intensity while restraining his color palate to mostly muted hues. His portraits may be physically unflattering to their subjects, but they are honest, frank, and unapologetic. "I paint people," Freud has said, "not because of what they are like, not exactly in spite of what they are like, but how they happen to be."

About Kenneth Noland: Paintings, 1958-1968:

American abstract painter Kenneth Noland (1924-2010) was one of the primary exponents of Color Field painting. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Noland began using two central motifs that would have enduring significance in his work: the circle and the chevron. These seemingly reductive forms also conjured military badges, corporate logos for cars and other consumer products that were omnipresent in postwar America. Kenneth Noland: Paintings 1958-1968 is the first major publication on the artist since his recent death. In it, art historian Paul Hayes Tucker explores Noland's history as a soldier in the United States Army and his subsequent re-entry into a burgeoning American consumer society, portraying his art as inextricable from atomic age America. The book also features rare photographs of the artist as a young man and full-color reproductions of Noland's early formative work.

Paul Tucker
Paul Tucker

Paul Tucker

Paul Hayes Tucker, who has taught art history at the University of Massachusetts Boston since 1978, is currently The Paul Hayes Tucker Distinguished Professor of Art, a Chair established in his name by two Boston patrons of the arts, Barbara Lee and Ellen Poss. Hailed by Time Magazine as one of America’s foremost authorities on Claude Monet and Impressionism, Professor Tucker earned his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D from Yale University. Professor Tucker has appeared on the Charlie Rose Show, Good Morning America, The McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, BBC Arts, and Arts and Entertainment, among many television programs.

Sebastian Smee
Sebastian Smee

Sebastian Smee

Sebastian Smee has been The Boston Globe’s art critic since 2008. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2011, having been a runner-up in 2008. He joined the Globe’s staff from Sydney, where he had worked as national art critic for The Australian. Prior to that, he lived for four years in the U.K., where he wrote for The Daily TelegraphThe Guardian, The Art Newspaper, The Independent, Prospect magazine, and The Spectator. He has contributed to five books on Lucian Freud. He teaches nonfiction writing at Wellesley College.

Photo Credit: Pat Greenhouse

FPC Parish House
3 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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