Nicholas Serota in Conversation

Exhibition Histories

  • Install shot, 1983

    Georg Baselitz, 1983, installation view, Whitechapel Gallery Archive

Past Event

This event was on Thu 12 Mar, 7pm


To coincide with our current exhibition The Return of the Spirit in Painting, Nicholas Serota  is in conversation with Whitechapel Gallery Curator Nayia Yiakoumaki to reflect on a period of his directorship at Whitechapel Gallery that featured exhibitions by key late 20th century painters. Serota was Director of the gallery between 1976 and 1988, during which time he presented solo exhibitions of artists including Georg Baselitz, Cy Twombly, Anselm Kiefer, Malcolm Morley and Julian Schnabel.

The conversation considers these exhibitions in context of Serota’s involvement with A New Spirit in Painting (1981) at the Royal Academy of Arts, an exhibition he co-curated with Christos M. Joachimides and Normal Rosenthal that proved seminal for painting in the 1980s.

In association with Afterall.