2018 Rae Alexander Lecture – Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

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You are warmly invited to the 21st annual La Trobe University Art History Alumni Rae Alexander Lecture. Please join us for an evening with collector and art dealer Charles Nodrum.

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Thursday 18 October 2018 05:45 pm (Add to calendar)
Alumni and Advancement
Presented by:
Charles Nodrum
Type of Event:
Alumni; Public Lecture
Standard: $35; Art History chapter members: $30; NGV members: $30; Concession: $30; Student: $20

Event details

Date: Thursday 18 October 2018
Time: Registration - 5:45pm, lecture - 6:00pm, networking - 7:30pm-8:30pm (drinks and canapés to be served)
Venue: Clemenger Auditorium, NGV International
RSVP: By Monday 15 October

2018 Rae Alexander Lecture – Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art

The La Trobe University Art History Alumni Chapter presents, with the National Gallery of Victoria, the twenty-first annual Rae Alexander Lecture. The lecture is named in honour of the founder of the Art History Chapter, Rae Alexander (1919 – 2009).

This year we welcome the distinguished collector and champion of Australian avant-garde art, Charles Nodrum, as our guest speaker. Charles will speak on Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art.

Charles Nodrum’s interest in history and logic has often meshed interestingly with his career as an art dealer, and his talk will explore some of these intersections. Aesthetics covers all the senses, while art tends to be restricted to those of sight and hearing. The visual arts, along with music and literature, have their respective histories and are subject to philosophical analysis in an attempt to explain not so much what happens as how it is possible.

About the speaker - Charles Nodrum

Charles Nodrum is a collector, thinker, patron and dealer in mid-twentieth-century Australian art. Born in England to expatriate Australian parents, he counts his time at Barcelona University as being among the most influential periods in his life. After making the overland trip to Australia in 1969, Charles was hired by Joseph Brown to work in his gallery in Melbourne. In 1975-76 he became the Melbourne manager for Christies.

Charles completed a Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe University in 1982, with an honours degree in Philosophy, and later assisted Alan McCulloch with his Encyclopaedia of Australian Art. He established the Charles Nodrum Gallery in 1984. Unusually among dealers, Charles formed close and benevolent bonds with his often radical artists. His life commitment to the most challenging aspects of Australian art represents an important contribution to Australian culture.

Charles became involved with the La Trobe University Art Collection from the time John Waterhouse was director in the 1980s. His curatorial acumen was on display at the former La Trobe University Museum of Art in exhibitions such as Charles Nodrum Selects: selected works from the La Trobe University Art Collection in 2010. Charles has made many donations to the collection and he has also loaned generously and extensively for exhibitions such as My Country: Abstract Interpretations of the Australian Landscape in 2005, Two Way Traffic and This Way Up in 2008, and Unearthed: Fifty Years of Australian Landscape Art from the Charles Nodrum Collection in 2010.

One of the most significant exhibitions he was involved in at La Trobe was Kite: Mike Brown and the Sydney Twelve, curated by Vince Alessi. This brought together images, many from Charles’s collection, including works by Mike Brown and the twelve Sydney artists criticised in Brown’s incendiary artwork, and toured to the McLelland Art Gallery and Macquarie University.

Image caption

Edwin Tanner, Three Hats, 1954, oil on canvas, 59 x 70cm. Copyright The Estate of Edwin Tanner, courtesy Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne.


Clemenger Auditorium, NGV International

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3000



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