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INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY ART is a series of free online talks hosted by Hannah Bertram!

In these sessions Hannah will share and discuss a range of contemporary artworks in order to walk you through significant changes in art that occurred during Modernism.  Traditional art subjects such as portrait and landscape painting, and sculpture, will provide the starting point for discussing the small, spectacular and inspirational ways in which Modern artists changed the definitions of art.

These talks will introduce you to contemporary art and help you join the dots between progressive changes in art history.  Each talk will be followed by a facilitated discussion during which you can ask any questions, and share your opinions, struggles and inspirations with the group.    These sessions are delivered in an accessible and inclusive manner, and are for anyone who struggles with, admires/despises, or is curious about Modern Art.

Have you ever looked at an Abstract painting and thought ‘My kid could do that’?  Or maybe you’ve thought ‘I know this is art but I don’t get it’!  In this talk Hannah will open up why and how the ability to accurately paint the world around us in a realistic manner was exchanged for painting squares.  Artworks will be explained to show: the extraordinary radical ways that creative thinking evolved; how it was influenced by the times in which they were made, and in turn redefined what art is.

As children our earliest drawings are stick figures of people, if you’ve been lucky enough to be nurtured creatively you may have learned how to create a true likeness of a person that you know.  This might seems like a long way from becoming a Performance artist!  In this talk Hannah will explain the change from depicting humans as the subject matter of an artwork to becoming the physical material, which an artwork can be made of.  We will also define the difference between Performance art and the Performing arts, such as dance and theater.

Have you ever been to an exhibition and found yourself confronted by paintings tied up with string, the smell of coffee, a horror movie soundtrack playing in the background and some plants surrounded by an unmade bed, and legged it out of there?  Maybe you’ve even heard of artworks that you have to visit in someone’s home or in a factory, or desert on the other side of the world, and wondered why it’s not in a gallery.  Installation art can be baffling!  This talk will step you through the amazing ways sculpture (a 3 dimensional artwork that we move around) evolved into Installation art (a work that we enter).

From Realism to Abstraction – 21st August
From Portraiture to Performance Art – 28th August
From Sculpture to Installation Art – 4th September

6:30 – 7:30pm
Tutor: Hannah Bertram
These sessions are free to attend and held on zoom

Supported through the Maribyrnong City Council Together Apart Fund

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