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POSTPONED James Newcombe - Framed

What do infectious diseases and art history have in common? Join Dr James Newcombe as he shares the secrets behind his epic two year road trip to uncover the lost works of the quintessential American artist, Edward Hopper. James is joined in conversation by renowned sculptor Ron Robertson-Swann.
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POSTPONED James Newcombe - Framed

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22 Mar 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

What do infectious diseases and art history have in common? 

 

Join Dr James Newcombe as he shares the secrets behind his epic two year road trip to uncover the lost works of the quintessential American artist, Edward Hopper.

 

James will appear in-conversation with renowned sculptor Ron Robertson-Swann OAM. 

 

This is a FREE event. Drinks and nibbles provided.  

 

About the Book

Framed is a road trip into art history, capturing two years of travelling on America's two-lane roads to seventy museums and private collections in over fifty cities, with the aim of seeing every Edward Hopper picture in person. 

 

Edward Hopper’s depictions of lonely urban scenes and maritime villages capture the ineffable American identity. This epic trip uncovers his lost pictures, now hidden in private collections and museum storage areas around America, while revealing an America untouched by time and unsullied by progress.

 

Hopper, a self-avowed realist, was in fact a pioneer in abstraction who helped pave the way for Pop Art. When seen in person, his lonely figures, misinterpreted for years as alienated and lost, become fellow travellers, companions in the human condition.

 

Featuring over fifty full-colour reproductions of artwork by Hopper and his contemporaries and a gripping narrative, Framed is equally at home on the bedside table and the coffee table.

 

Praise

Framed: A Journey Into Edward Hopper’s America has much charm and the freshness of inspired amateurism.’

Patrick McCaughey, former director, National Gallery of Victoria, in The Weekend Australian.

 

‘[James Newcombe] got it. That’s Edward Hopper.’

Barney Ebsworth, Private Collector, Seattle, Washington

 

‘A very enjoyable adventure to experience through James Newcombe's words and eyes.’

Louise Lippincott, Curator and Director of Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 

About the Author

James Newcombe is an infectious diseases physician and clinical microbiologist. He is a regular blogger for the Australian Doctor Group and a medical consultant for network television series.

 

James was born in Papua New Guinea and grew up in the Washington, D.C. area before moving home to Sydney at the age of eighteen.  

About Ron Robertson-Swann OAM

For over fifty years, Ron Robertson-Swann has been actively involved in the arts in Australia as a sculptor, teacher, menotr and advocate. He studied sculpture with Lyndon Dadswell at the National Art School Sydney, and with Sir Anthony Caro OM CBE and Phillip King CBE at St Martin's School of Art in London in 1962, and later was an assistant to Henry Moore for several years.

Ron's artwork is included in all major public Australian collections. In 2002 he  was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to the arts. He has been a regular exhibitor in Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi, Cottlesloe & Aarhus). 

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