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‘An Allegory of Painting’: Sarah Pickstone in conversation with Rommi Smith


Saturday 3 March 2018
11am — 12pm

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Sarah Pickstone, Invention: after Angelica Kauffman (detail), 2016.

150 x 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Join artist Sarah Pickstone and poet and playwright Rommi Smith as they discuss Pickstone’s latest painting installation and her research into the life and work of Angelica Kauffman RA.

To celebrate the RA’s 250th anniversary, artist and RA Schools alumna Sarah Pickstone will present two new paintings in An Allegory of Painting. The works are inspired by extensive research into the life and work of Angelica Kauffman RA, one of only two female Founder Members of the Royal Academy.

Pickstone’s project was borne out of her admiration for Kauffmann, a painter who brought an understanding of European art to Britain in the 18th century. Pickstone’s response comes from several intimate encounters with Kauffman’s work. As she made observational drawings of the paintings, which were originally intended to be seen from afar, she gained a rare understanding of the level of detail contained within them. In her new project, An Allegory of Painting, Pickstone has abstracted and reconsidered the imagery in Kauffman’s work from a contemporary perspective.

Join Sarah Pickstone and Rommi Smith as they explore Pickstone’s response to one of the Founder Members of the RA, while addressing wider questions of histories and archives.

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Saturday 3 March 2018

11am — 12pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly. Enter via the Keeper's House.

£10, £7 concessions.