THE EMPTY CHAIR

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THE EMPTY CHAIR IN ART FROM VAN GOGH TO AI WEIWEI

We all use chairs! But over the past 150 years, artists across the world have been using the humble chair as a conduit for profound ideas on themes from protest, absence and memory to domestic or everyday life.

Starting with arguably the world’s most famous empty chair by Vincent van Gogh, we move through 20th century Europe. Egon Schiele, René Magritte, Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys all used empty chairs for personal expression, while across the Atlantic in America, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Kosuth and Bruce Nauman used chairs to develop the exciting new artistic movements arising in the sixties.

The Palestinian artist, Mona Hatoum, adapted chairs to explore female identity and the Columbian artist, Doris Salcedo, stacked 1,550 between two buildings to remember anonymous victims of war. Right up to the present day, the Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei, uses chairs to explore East / West traditions and the relationship of the individual to the state.

These are just some of the many diverse artists and uses of chairs we will be looking at in this talk. And as in all my lectures, my personal connection as an artist, who has worked with chairs throughout her career, will aim to bring the subject to life.

 

"An amazing lecture! We loved it! Thank you so much for giving so much enjoyment to our members."

AS Needwood Lichfield

"Your lecture held us enthralled by your stimulating view of artists’ uses of the humble chair in their art." 

AS Upper Thames

 

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