Martin Gayford: A History of Pictures
Chair: Jan Dalley
This event took place on Wednesday 1st March 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
Juxtaposing a rich variety of images Martin Gayford, in conversation with Jan Dalley, arts editor of the FT, offers a dazzling and original account of art history, posing fascinating questions about the nature of art and artistic creation. A History of Pictures is the result of Gayford's collaboration with David Hockney to explore how and why pictures have been made? Their artistic journey takes them from the Lascaux cave drawings to state-of-the-art computer imagery. Why are we so preoccupied with making marks on a flat surface, and why do we find them so captivating? How do you show movement in a still picture, and how do films and television connect with old masters? What are the ways in which time and space can be condensed into a static image? What do pictures show – truth or lies? Do photographs present the world as we experience it? The answer they come up with are every bit as exhilarating as their questions.
Martin Gayford is art critic for The Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Van Gogh, Constable and Michelangelo and of Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud. He previously collaborated with Hockney on A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney; and has co-written a volume of travels and conversations with Philippe de Montebello: Rendez-vous with Art.
Jan Dalley is the author of Diana Moseley’s biography and the arts editor of the Financial Times. She was previously the paper's literary editor and is the author of numerous features and reviews on the arts and books, as well as a fortnightly column in the FT Weekend section. Her most recent book is The Black Hole, an account of the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta.