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Library and Archive show and tell: David Sylvester

Annotated typescript from David Sylvester’s work on Alberto Giacometti
TGA 200816/5/4
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Learn about the life and work of the critic and curator David Sylvester

Part of the Library and Archive show and tell programme, this event features archive material drawn from the collection of David Sylvester’s (1924–2001) personal papers housed at Tate Archive.

Best known for writing on modern art, Sylvester’s interests ranged widely, covering art, architecture, music, film, and sport. Material on display illustrates the breadth of his writing, as well as the depth of his long-term involvement with the works of such artists as Francis Bacon, Alberto Giacometti, and René Magritte. Sylvester’s papers have been the focus of some of Tate Archive’s first systematic work with digital material, which also feature in the display.

The event features a talk by James Finch, the holder of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership award (a collaboration between Tate Research and the University of Kent) researching a PhD thesis on Sylvester’s writings on art.

Hosted by John Langdon, Archive Curator, and Lucy Parker, Archive Cataloguer.

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London SW1P 4RG
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3 June 2016 at 12.30–13.30

3 June 2016 at 13.30–14.30

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