Swinging London 67 (f), 1968-9, by Richard Hamilton. Photograph: © Richard Hamilton / all rights reserved, DACS 2007, © Tate, London 2007
ART / SYMPOSIUM
South Bank, SE1 T:020.7960.5226 Tube: Waterloo
£30 (including refreshments)
Go to any beginners art history class on Modernism and you will learn that two important factors shifted the course of painting: a growing awareness of the medium and its physicality, and photography -- the medium that "freed" painting and re-defined how we see the world. Inspired by Charles Baudelaire's 1863 essay, The Painter Of Modern Life, in which the Frenchman called for the modern artist to turn away from history painting and capture the "transient, the fleeting, the contingent", Ralph Rugoff's exhibition, The Painting Of Modern Life, begins in the '60s and brings together artists who paint from photography. That is -- in Baudelaire's terms -- artists who are attempting to capture our fleeting moments. It sounds like a bit of clever history by the Hayward's newish director. After all, photography was what Gerhard Richter, one of the artists in this show, called his "clutch to get to reality". Pause On The Image, the conference that accompanies the exhibition, brings together critical heavy hitters like Hal Foster and KultureFlash's own Barry Schwabsky, with participating artists like Luc Tuymans, and the catalogue's various essayists. Expect it to be a sparky weekend. But where's TJ Clark?
NB: The Painting Of Modern Life runs till 30/12.