Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series
Saturday, October 15, 2 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
$15/$10 AGA Members
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Michael Fried is a poet, art historian, art critic, and literary critic. He has written extensively about abstract painting and sculpture since World War II, about French painting and art criticism from the mid-eighteenth century to the advent of Edouard Manet and his generation (and beyond), about Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane, about the great nineteenth-century German painter-draftsman Adolf Menzel, about Charles Baudelaire, Joseph Conrad, Gustave Caillebotte, and Roger Fry, about Bernd and Hilla Becher, Jeff Wall, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Demand, and other contemporary “art” photographers, about Caravaggio and the transformation of Italian painting ca. 1600, and (most recently) about the contemporary artists Anri Sala, Charles Ray, Joseph Marioni, and Douglas Gordon. He is currently embarked on a short book on “Madame Bovary,” to be called Flaubert’s Gueuloir. He has long been engaged by questions of modernism, realism, theatricality, objecthood, self-portraiture, embodiedness, and the everyday.
Fried will speak on the subject of photography and its importance in contemporary art. This lecture is being held in conjunction with the exhibition 19th Century French Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada and is presented in collaboration with the Canadian Art Foundation.