The Figure Returns (Again)

Beam Editions 33 Seely Rd NG7 1NU
Wednesday 4th October 2023 (18:00-20:00)

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This talk addresses the rise and potential decline of figurative painting within recent years, making connections to historical “returns” of the figure while also addressing how and why this kind of painting has been granted primacy within the artworld’s response to recent struggles around the politics of identity.

Larne Abse Gogarty is a writer and art historian from London. She works as a lecturer in History and Theory of Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She is the author of What We Do Is Secret: Contemporary Art and the Antinomies of Conspiracy (Sternberg Press, 2023) and Usable Pasts: Social Practice and State Formation in American Art (Brill, 2022) and has published in journals and magazines including Art Monthly, New Socialist, Tate Papers, Third Text, and Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte. In 2020 she co-edited with Andrew Hemingway a special issue on “Keywords for Marxist Art History” of the journal Kunst und Politik.


This talk is the part of the CRVC’s research theme for 2023 to 2024 '…and painting continues'.

Centre for Research in Visual Culture

University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2RD