‘How I Discovered Bomberg’: A Conversation with Richard Cork

Thursday 3 October 2013, 7pm

This free event accompanied the exhibition David Bomberg: Objects of Collection at Borough Road Gallery, and was BSL interpreted. A recording of the talk can be found in the gallery’s Digital Archive.

Richard Cork published his major monograph on David Bomberg in 1987 and, a year later in 1988, curated the Tate’s first solo exhibition of Bomberg’s work. These seminal contributions arguably cemented Bomberg’s reputation as one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century. Cork’s meticulously researched book remains the most comprehensive publication on Bomberg, and the key text for all those researching the artist. Cork will discuss how he discovered Bomberg and what led him to write his book and curate the Tate exhibition.

Cork is an award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and curator. After reading Art History at Cambridge, where he gained a Doctorate, Cork became Art Critic of The Evening Standard and then Chief Art Critic of The Times. He broadcasts regularly on BBC radio and TV. Cork was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University in 1989-90, and Henry Moore Senior Fellow at the Courtauld Institute, 1992-5. He has acted as a judge for the Turner Prize and curated major exhibitions at Tate, the Hayward Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery, the Royal Academy and other European venues.

Cork’s many books include a ground-breaking study of Vorticism, awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1977; Art Beyond the Gallery, winner of the Banister Fletcher Award for the best art book in 1986; David Bomberg, 1987; A Bitter Truth: Avant-Garde Art and the Great War, winner of the Art Fund Award in 1995; Jacob Epstein, 1999; four acclaimed volumes of his critical writings on modern art, published by Yale in 2003; Michael Craig-Martin, 2006; and Wild Thing: Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Gill, 2009. He was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy in 2011. His new book, The Healing Presence of Art, is a pioneering history of western art in hospitals from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. It was published by Yale in 2012.