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TALK BEGINS AT 6:30 p.m.

2018 Speaker Series: "My Journey With Tony": Graham Beal: Tradition and Concept in British Landscape Art

Please join us at The Foster for this free event to hear from Graham Beal as he describes discuss how Tony’s concern for wilderness issues relates to the great tradition of British watercolor painting as well as the conceptual issues that pervaded British art in the last quarter of the 20th Century.

The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m., but the gallery itself will open at 5:30 p.m. so that guests may enjoy light dinner and beverages before the talk. The gallery will close at 8:30 p.m. Please bring a guest and join us at The Foster for a lecture featuring friends and colleagues of Tony who have accompanied him on his journeys.




About Graham Beal:

Graham Beal, a native of Great Britain, was born in Stratford-on-Avon and grew up near Hastings on the south coast of England. He has degrees in English and Art History from the University of Manchester and the Courtauld Institute of the University of London.

After commencing his museum career at Sheffield City Art Galleries, he moved to the U.S. in 1973, working for one year at the University of South Dakota before going on to Washington University in St. Louis as Art Gallery Director. In 1977 Mr. Beal became Curator at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and subsequently became Chief Curator, working there until 1983 when he returned to England for a couple of years (1983/4) to be the Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia.

He returned to the U.S. to take the position of Chief Curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art which he left in 1989 to become the Director of Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. He was Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1996 to 1999, when he became Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).

Graham Beal organized over 40 exhibitions, many of which have toured nationally. His publications include books on the American artist, Jim Dine, on contemporary British sculpture and on the history of American painting. He has served on numerous panels for the national Endowments of the Arts and the Humanities, and was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions from 1991 – 1995. Mr. Beal was a Trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors and Chair of the AAMD’s Art Issues committee from 2002-5 and a Trustee of the American Association of Museums from 2003-6.

His innovative ‘populist’ reinstallation of the DIA’s great art collection has been internationally influential and was a major factor in securing regional tax support in 2012 for the museums annual operating costs. In 2013-14 he was a member of the team that successfully defended the collection against city of Detroit creditors and negotiated the transfer of ownership of the collection from the city to a private charity. He retired from the DIA in July 2015 and served as Hannah Visiting Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University for the 2015-16 academic year. In December 2015 the University of Michigan conferred on him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters. He is currently writing a new history of the Detroit Institute of Arts.




About Tony Foster

Born in Lincolnshire, England, artist-explorer Tony Foster finds inspiration in the wild places of the world, which he paints en plein air. Since 1982, he has undertaken a variety of watercolor “journeys”—painting projects based on a philosophical or environmental theme—that often involve multiple expeditions over many years. His subjects range from mountains, rivers, rainforests, deserts, coral reefs and Arctic icebergs to such iconic natural areas as the Grand Canyon and Mount Everest.

Hiking, rafting, kayaking or canoeing to find the perfect painting site, then camping outdoors for weeks at a time to make his paintings, Foster frequently faces challenging weather and difficult conditions. His paintings, complete with diary excerpts and “souvenirs,” document his experiences in wilderness and his commitment to its preservation


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