Modern mind: joseph paul hodin at the tate archive

Friday, 14 January 2011

15.30 - 17.45, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

black and white photo - face of J P Hodin leaning on his hand
J. P. Hodin (1905-1995), Tate Archive TGA 20062

Speaker(s): Adrian Glew (Tate Library and Archive), Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Alexandra Lazar (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission but numbers are limited. Advance booking is essential by noon Thursday 11 January .  Please contact:

Organised by: Alexandra Lazar

This unique insight to the uncatalogued Tate Archive collection of art historian, aesthetician and critic Joseph Paul Hodin (1905-1995), comprising correspondence, writings, publications, printed ephemera, photographs and press cuttings from 1930s-90s, will provide an exciting starting point for researchers on postwar British as well as émigré art.

Born in Prague, Hodin studied art in Dresden, Berlin, and Sweden before coming to England in 1944, where he started a prodigious career as art historian and critic. Hodin published seminal books on aesthetics, including The Dilemma of Being Modern (1956) and Modern Art and Modern Mind (1972), as well as important interpretations of Expressionism and German art from Munch and Schwitters to Oskar Kokoschka (1966), who was a close family friend. At the same time British and European, Hodin’s inquiry into creative mind and artistic cognition resulted in works about émigré artists as well as key European masters, such as Greco (1971), Manessier (1972) and Manzú (1969), as well as the St Ives group.

In the light of new interest in British modernist period, the seminar at The Courtauld Institute of Art will offer a look at the legacy of J.P. Hodin and his work, the cultural networks between Britain and Europe in that period, and development of international art criticism. The prism of Hodin's complex and rich life creates a platform for fresh approaches and discussions of this important era.

The seminar on J. P. Hodin is organised by Alexandra Lazar (The Courtauld Institute of Art), and has been made possible through collaboration with the Tate Library and Archive, LCACE and the generous support from AICA UK. It follows from the Tate Archive seminar on J. P. Hodin held on 28 May 2010.

Back to Events Calendar