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Three talks in September 2019

Abstraction in Art and Craft

A talk for the Herefordshire Art & Craft Society

7.15pm, Friday 20th September, Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford

The talk, with a focus on twentieth-century and later, draws examples from earlier indigenous artefacts as well as examples of art and craft from Europe and North America. The talk will consider the relationship between natural forms and abstraction and development of patterns in ceramics, textiles, paintings and other artefacts.

You can book for the talk at:


Fownhope Study Group

How to look at Contemporary Pictures


Fownhope Pavilion, Caplor Lane , Fownhope, HR1 4PE

10.30, Saturday, 21 September 2019

The talk takes the opportunity to look at a selection of paintings derived from human figures and landscapes made in Britain and America after 1900. The talk will combine general views of contemporary painting with specific close-views of particular works. Close-viewed examples will include work by Maggi Hambling and Paula Rego, Joan Eardley and Paul Nash. 


Eternal graffiti: British and American avant-garde poetry

6.00-8.00 pm, Tuesday, 24th September

The Wesetn Room, Maughan Library, King’s College London,

Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR

Talk by Allen Fisher at 6.30

RSVP for talk  Eternalgraffiti240919

The exhibition runs from September until 14th December


WEA Hereford

beginning 1st October 2019

Painting and Sculpture in the Twentieth Century before 1940

The New Arts of Construction and Expression

An eight session course with close-views of work by Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, Suzanne Valadon, Gwen John, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Beckmann, Pierre Bonnard, Marcel Duchamp, and Hannah Höch.

Museum Resource and Learning Centre, 58 Friars Street, Hereford HR4 0AS


WEA Leominster 

beginning 2nd October 2019

Paintings in the late Nineteenth century 

The Real and the Constructed: 1860-1900.

An eight session course with close-views of work by Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot, Thomas Eakins, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne.

Community Centre, HR6 8NJ


Allen Fisher Formerly Now 2019


Decoherence Aesthetics

Paris School of Arts and Culture of the University of Kent

Reid Hall, 4 rue de chevreuse, 75006, PARIS

A talk given on 6.30 pm, 15th March 2018

now online:

and at:


Black Pond 2016-2017


reading at Edge Hill 8 March 2017





The text, slide list and notes for the talks TESTING & EXPERIMENTING

given at Birkbeck in February and at Northumbria in March 2013,

in Chicago and at Notre Dame, Indiana in autumn 2011, can be accessed here.

The text, slide list and notes for the talk THE ÆSTHETICS OF THE IMPERFECT FIT

given at Royal Holloway in March 2013, derived from the Glasfryn Seminars, February 2012

and the synthesis made for Birmingham City University, December 2012, can be accessed here.

The comments box has been opened for responses.


Selected bibliography of sources for the lecture How Paintings Work, 2012


Notes and extensions to The Complexity Manifold: London Talks:

Talk One from 6th October available here

Talk Two from 13h October available here

Talk Three from 21st October available here


Notes and extensions to The Complexity Manifold: Ohio synthesis.


Notes and extensions to The Complexity Manifold: Cambridge synthesis, 2nd March 2011:

Cambridge synthesis Talk One.

Cambridge synthesis Talk Two.

Cambridge synthesis Talk Two addenda.

Notes and extensions to The Complexity Manifold: PARC NW synopsis, 13th April 2011:

Complexity synopsis for PARC NW


Notes and extensions to The Complexity Manifold: The Falmouth synthesis, 22nd June 2011

The Falmouth synthesis.

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