E-News Bulletin March 2024

Our next lecture will be via Zoom on 11 March at 6pm. Professor Liz James will examine the wonder and beauty of wall mosaics and their cultural capital – A World in Pieces: Medieval Wall Mosaics. Booking is required. Online lectures will be recorded  and available for two weeks after the event.

More events for the summer term were announced recently and some of our members have already made bookings. However, the online course due to start on 24 April, The first century of printmaking in fifteenth-century Europe, is currently under-subscribed. We would be grateful if you are interested in attending you could book as soon as possible so that we can be sure that the course can go ahead. Please do book anything that interests you as early as possible – it does helps us to make sure that events are financially viable and can run.

Online event recordings
Please note that recordings will be available for two weeks after events (subject to lecturer agreement) starting in March onwards.

Non-members attending events
Our trial of opening events which are undersubscribed two weeks before the occasion to non-members to attend is continuing for a further six months. Members may inform non-members of Society events. It is hoped that attendance at events as a non-member will encourage attendees to join the Society. Guest attendance will involve contacting the organiser by email to express interest (go to our website, select an event, if the green places available sign is showing click the booking button, and then select the organiser’s name under Contact to access the email address). After a response arrangement of how to pay the fee will be provided. Guests may only attend one event during the trial period.

Just to remind you that the Society is looking for a Treasurer to take over from John Dunlop who will be stepping down from the post after twenty years in November.  Ideally we would like to have someone in place a few months beforehand in order to implement a smooth handover. If you have some experience in finance and might be interested in the position please email our Chairman, Jeanette McCauley, chairman@londonarthistorysociety.org.uk  to find out more.


JC GALLERY, until 27 April 2024
Seven Americans
A contemporary exploration of American Modernism via the works of seven artists who have influenced the development of American art during the twentieth century.

HANINA FINE ARTS, until 4 May 2024
Post-War Impasto!
A selection of post-war artists who used the physical qualities of impasto to evoke emotional intensity and energy.

THE COURTAULD GALLERY, until 12 May 2024
Jasper Johns: The Seasons
A display of the American artist’s series of prints which demonstrate his use of an array of techniques to create evocative and mysterious images.

Bert Hardy: Photojournalism in War and Peace
A retrospective of the London-born press and social documentary photographer who chronicled life in war and peace during mid-century Britain and Europe.


THE COURTAULD, Vernon Square, 6 March 2024, 5.30-7pm
Chivalry, justice and love: Royal architecture in fourteenth-century Castile
The talk will examine royal spaces in terms of the parallel development of courtly and chivalric image and the active role of monarchs in the development of architecture.

THE COURTAULD, Vernon Square, 8 March 2024, 11am-4.30pm
Charcoal and Chiaroscuro: Frank Auerbach’s Graphic Portraits and Post-War Culture
This study day brings together a group of art historians, curators and artists to discuss and reinterpret these drawings which are on show in the gallery and were crucial in establishing Auerbach’s reputation as one of the most important living British artists.

Curator Talk: Flaming June, 15 March 2024,12-1pm
A talk discussing the importance of this famous work by Frederic, Lord Leighton and its links with Florentine art. The painting will be on show at the RA until 25 January 2025.

Curator Talk: Angelica Kauffman, 22 March 2024, 11am-12pm
An introduction to the exhibition starting on 1 March highlighting the artist’s celebrity portraits and history paintings including the ceiling paintings in Somerset House, the first home of the RA.

WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY, 23 March-22 September 2024
Art Without Heroes: Mingei
An exhibition dedicated to the folk-craft movement which emerged during the 1920s and 1930s in Japan examining its history, its dialogue with the British arts and craft movement and its set of principles which remain relevant to contemporary craft today.


New exhibitions showing this month include Angelica Kauffman at the RA and Yoko Ono at Tate Modern. You can access and download a listing of current and future exhibitions showing in London from now until August 2024 here.