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Ben Street: How to Enjoy Art

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'Every painting has the potential to have a different meaning depending upon who's looking at it. And that is the joy of looking at art.' --- Ben Street​

Art historian Ben Street takes us on a tour of The National Gallery, London, looking at masterworks in the collection by Carlo Crivelli, Hans Memling and Édouard Manet. Rather than using specialist insight to read and decipher the works, Street focuses on a physical encounter with the paintings --- arguing that anyone can find value and enjoyment in art without needing to know an abundance of extra historical information.'Every painting has the potential to have a different meaning depending upon who's looking at it. And that is the joy of looking at art.' --- Ben Street.


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Alexandra Epps is an official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and Pallant House Gallery. She is an Art History Tutor at City Lit Institute and a qualified Guide to the City of London, offering lectures and walks about many aspects of the arts for societies, corporations and private individuals. She is a member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association, and co-author of the book Lord Mayor's Portraits 1983-2014 (2015). Alexandra's background is in design having practised as a graphic designer running her own design consultancy for many years.Alison Cole is the Editor of The Art Newspaper and an art historian who specialises in the Italian Renaissance and the visual arts. She has written several books on art history and has been an art critic for The Independent *and *The Arts Desk. She has also worked as an Executive Director for some of the UK's leading cultural organisations, including The Art Fund, Southbank Centre and Arts Council England, and now advises on advocacBen Street is an art historian, lecturer and educator based in London. He is the author of numerous books on art for general audiences, including "How to Enjoy Art: A Guide for Everyone" (Yale University Press, 2021) and a children's book, "How to be an Art Rebel" (Thames and Hudson, 2021). Ben has worked as an educator and lecturer for many museums, including the National Gallery, Tate and the Royal Academy in London, and MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.y, arts and museum strategy, and digital initiatives, as well as launching her own cultural education projects. Her books include Italian Renaissance Courts: Art, Pleasure and Power (2016) and Michelangelo The Taddei Tondo (2017).Ashley Bickerton (b. 1959, Barbados, West Indies; lives and works in Bali, Indonesia) was an original member of a group of artists known as Neo-Geo, which emerged in New York during the 1980s. In 1993, he left New York for Bali, Indonesia, where his work took on a distinct tropical exoticism often in sharp contrast to his Neo-Geo work, which was an abstract and geometric exploration of consumerism and industrialisation. However, Bickerton's investigation of materiality remained a consistent thread throughout his practice. Often blurring the boundaries between media, genre, and subject (photography and sculpture; portraiture and landscape; realism and fantasy), he challenges the parameters of art making, calling into question the value and significance of the art object itself.

Bickerton received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1982 and continued his education in the independent studies program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Solo shows of his work have been organized at Newport Street Gallery, London (2017); The FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2017); and Palacete del Embarcadero, Autoridad Portuaria de Santander, Spain (1997).

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