the 2010 peter fuller memorial lecture

Twenty Years Less Fuller

Thursday, 13 May 2010

18.00 - 19.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

image of Peter Fuller
Jane Brown/Observer, 1988

Speaker(s): David Cohen (Gallery Director, New York Studio School, and Publisher,

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Peter Fuller was a writer whose tastes and priorities evolved in tandem with shifting intellectual and spiritual concerns.  A man of a restless imagination with an agitational approach to the art world, he made very public the constant search for value and meaning. The twentieth anniversary of his death is a moment for speculation: How have his ideas – and the artists he championed or berated – fared without him? What would he have made of culture today? Is there a Peter Fuller-shaped hole in contemporary criticism?

David Cohen is editor and publisher of and Gallery Director at the New York Studio School.  He has been based in New York since 1999. He was, in its early years, a regular contributor to Modern Painters, from the magazine’s first issue in Spring 1988. The author of books on Henry Moore and Alex Katz, he was art critic for the New York Sun from 2003-2008.

The Peter Fuller Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 1991 and has taken place over the years at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and University College, London.  Previous speakers were David Matthews, Robert Natkin, Roger Scruton, Howard Jacobson, William Tucker, Hilton Kramer, Timothy Hyman, Deanna Petherbridge, George Walden, John Berger, Julian Stallabrass, Rudi Fuchs, Tal R, Luc Tuymans and Martin Maloney.

The Peter Fuller Memorial Lectures are organised by The Peter Fuller Memorial Foundation. A second event this anniversary year, a conversation between Sir Anthony Caro and Paul Moorhouse, will take place at Tate Britain on 19 May.

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