Helmsley Decorative and Fine Arts Society - 'A Child of Six Could Do It - Modern Art through the Cartoonist's Eye.'

Lecturer: Barry Venning


Barry Venning is an historian of British Art with a particular interest in Turner on whom he has published widely.  His interests and his teaching extend from medieval architecture to contemporary British art.  Modern art is often considered difficult, but it is much less so when seen through the eyes of some of the greatest cartoonists of the last one hundred and fifty years, who provide a humorous and sceptical but instructive guide to modern art from Courbet to the Britart of the 1990s. A chance to enjoy the insights and cartoons of (among others) Daumier, Larry, Thelwell, Matt, the wise guys at the New Yorker magazine and, of course, the immortal Giles. Collectively, they provide an absorbing, illuminating and, above all, a funny, revealing and sidelong view of 150 years of modern art.


Monthly lectures on many topics, all at Helmsley Arts Centre Oct – July. To become a member: £45 per year for 9 lectures or for an individual lecture: £10. Please ring Rowena Godfrey on 01439 770617

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