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EVENING LECTURE
WORD AND IMAGE IN MODERN PAINTING
Professor Paul Stirton Wednesday 11 March 2020

PATHFOOT BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING, AT 7.00 PM

Paul Stirton was formerly a Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Stirling and Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow.  He is now Professor of Modern European Design at the Bard Graduate Centre in New York and editor of West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture, published by University of Chicago Press. He is the author of Jan Tschichold and the New Typography (Yale 2019) and “Is Mr Rushkin Living too Long?” Selected Writings of E.W. Godwin (Oxford 2005).

Despite their aim to make painting about purely visual concerns, many early 20th century artists incorporated text in their work. The “narrative art” of the Victorian period have been rejected, but words and letterforms became an essential feature in the paintings of the Cubists, the Futurists and the Dada artists.  This talk will explore the ways in which modern artists employed text, sometimes for simple reasons of composition but often to reveal new levels of meaning. A further theme will be how the constructivists employed text to make their art into a medium of mass communication. The classic modern art movements of the early 20th century are often confusing. This talk will examine some of the basic principles of modernist painting, revealing how artists like Picasso, Braque and Kurt Schwitters opened up new modes of visual aesthetics.