Behind Closed Doors: Secrets and Taboos in Contemporary Art

Many people might associate contemporary art with daring, ‘out-there’ ideas or unorthodox techniques, so in this session we will delve into all the ways artists have recently tackled  in their works taboo themes linking to love, sexuality and trauma.  Looking back at Hockney’s pool scenes from California in the 60s, one might not recognise just how radical these were for their time, in the same way that Francis Bacon’s illustrations of nude wrestling figures, might not appear shocking today, yet in their first exhibition they remained hidden away from street view to avoid confiscation by the police. Similarly, paintings by Lucian Freud, revealed the typically hidden aspects of quotidian life – the cracks in his marriage, his paternal flaws and his most personal regrets.

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Bojana Popovic
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Upon completing her Masters in Curating at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Bojana worked at TATE Britain and The Serpentine Galleries before seeking experience in the private art sector. For a few years she worked for private art galleries in Zurich and Paris before moving to the leading auction house, Christie’s, in London. During her four years at Christie’s she worked as a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department where she also led art history lectures in collaboration with Christie’s Educational MA programme. Since then, Bojana has been working as a freelance art consultant, Art History lecturer and writer.

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