8 May 2011

Passport to Peking – an illustrated talk at the National Portrait Gallery, 12 May 2011

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     At 13.15 on Thursday this week, I will be talking at the National Portrait Gallery, London. While providing a wider background to the visits of 1954, I will be concentrating on the experiences of  the three British artists among the visitors: Denis Mathews, who travelled as Secretary of the Contemporary Art Society;  Paul Hogarth, who was […]

     At 13.15 on Thursday this week, I will be talking at the National Portrait Gallery, London. While providing a wider background to the visits of 1954, I will be concentrating on the experiences of  the three British artists among the visitors: Denis Mathews, who travelled as Secretary of the Contemporary Art Society;  Paul Hogarth, who was still pursuing his vocation as a radical ‘artist reporter’; and Stanley Spencer, who drove A.J. Ayer mad with his refusal to talk about anything except Cookham but who made a rather better impression on the Chinese leader, Zhou Enlai – apparently for the same reason.  Further details here»

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