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10 October 2017Man Ray the Magic Man
12 September 2017Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: the Golden Age of Mexican painting
14 June 2017Are you sitting comfortably? The development of the chair from ancient times to the 19th century. NB THIS LECTURE IS ON A WEDNESDAY
09 May 2017Rodin: the first modern sculptor?
11 April 2017Degas and the painting of modern life
14 March 2017Treasures of the turf: the fine and decorative arts of horseracing
14 February 2017Children’s Book Illustrations
10 January 2017‘Cool Painting’: the art of Piero della Francesca (c1410-92)
13 December 2016 A Dickens of a Christmas and God Bless Us Everyone
08 November 2016Birmingham Town Hall: England’s first true civic building
11 October 2016Charles Darwin and art on the voyage of the HMS Beagle
13 September 2016The Book as Art: form and function in creative book structure
14 June 2016Great Tarts in Art
10 May 2016British Art Deco Glass
12 April 2016Treasures of the Silk Road
08 March 2016Picasso and his influence on 20th Century British art
09 February 2016London in the 18th Century: The Terrace House and Garden Square
12 January 2016Goya - Portrait painter, decorator, print maker and war artist
08 December 2015The Christmas Story Illustrated with Paintings from the National Gallery
17 November 2015West Mercia Day of Special Interest Munich Metropolis with a Heart
10 November 2015Telling the Time throughout the Ages
03 November 2015West Mercia Day of Special Interest Dresden Today Art & Architecture
13 October 2015Modern British Silverware
08 September 2015Satirist to insanity: celebrating the bicentennial of the life and work of the caricaturist James Gillray 1756-1815
09 June 2015Plantation Houses of the American South
12 May 2015Contemporary Artists - Gormley, Kapoor and Wallinger
14 April 2015The Art of Waterloo
10 March 2015“The Pilgrims of Babylon” The Artists of Montmartre
10 February 2015Five Centuries of Blue and White Porcelain. An International History
13 January 2015“Costume and the Musical Stage”
09 December 2014“That Pretty German Toy “ - Musings on the Christmas Tree
11 November 2014“Sweet Thames Flow Softly” (T.S. Eliot) The Thames through Artists Eyes
14 October 2014Politics, Patronage and Propaganda : J-L David and the Napoleonic Adventure
09 September 2014“Picture This” –How to read Portraits in Art

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Man Ray the Magic Man Anthony Penrose Tuesday 10 October 2017

When my father Roland Penrose made his collage titled Homage to Man Ray, he included the pencilled wording HOM MAGE, a pun in French which can be translated as Magic Man. Roland knew that in his photography Man Ray magically transformed light into wonderful Surrealist images, and in his objects everyday things became visual puns, sometimes sinister, sometimes funny, but always provocative. Man Ray was much adored by both my parents and from an early age by me too. He encouraged me to make my own objects and my own puns. I knew he and my mother Lee Miller had been lovers in their youth and their love endured as a deep friendship. There was always a special smile on her face when Man Ray was around. It took me much of my life to discover the history that lay between her, Man Ray and my father. This is the story of Lee Millers special smile.