Dame Antonia Susan ('A.S.') Byatt, novelist, critic, and editor, and Patrick Heron (1920-99), painter and art critic (detail), by Charles Robert Saumarez Smith, resin print, c.1995 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Dame Antonia Susan ('A.S.') Byatt, novelist, critic, and editor, and Patrick Heron (1920-99), painter and art critic (detail), by Charles Robert Saumarez Smith, resin print, c.1995 © National Portrait Gallery, London

What is a portrait? An exploration of representation and abstraction in portraiture seminar, 2 May 2017

Venue: National Portrait Gallery, London.

FREE event, please register using form below. Travel grants are available to delegates.

 

To coincide with the National Portrait Gallery’s Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends exhibition, we will be holding a half-day debate around the fundamental question of what constitutes a portrait. As much of Hodgkin’s portraiture is non-mimetic, this is an opportunity to consider the nature of the genre with a range of speakers from different professional perspectives. While Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends is the prompt for this event, the debate will consider abstraction and representation in historic and contemporary portraiture. Imogen Gibbon, Chief Curator and Deputy Director Scottish National Portrait Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, will chair the discussion.

 

Please download the programme and registration form below (PDF format).

 

What is a Portrait? seminar 2 May ’17 – programme

What is a Portrait? seminar 2 May ’17 – registration form

 

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