Lecture: The Meeting with Nadav Kander

Date: 14 February 2020 - 19.00pm
Location: Ondaatje Wing Theatre, National Portrait Gallery, London

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Artist Nadav Kander introduces his new book, The Meeting, the first collection dedicated to his portraiture, and talks about his aim to move beyond capturing a physical likeness and show what makes his sitters human.


Nadav Kander's aim is to move beyond capturing an accurate likeness—to access the emotions within, the uncertainty, the shadow as much as the light, the complex sense of self that otherwise lays hidden. “Revealed and concealed, beauty and destruction, ease and disease, shame and shameless,” explains Kander, “These paradoxes are essential to all my work and represent what is common to all my varied subject matter…” With his minimal and intuitive approach, Kander shows his interest in universal experience, which transcends the specificity of public persona or status. His enigmatic depictions of actors, artists, musicians, authors, sports icons and political leaders—from Barack Obama, John le Carré, Alexander McQueen, to Tracey Emin, Robert Plant and Prince Charles—are layered and penetrating, revealing unexpected moments of reverie and vulnerability.

Nadav's lecture will be followed by a signing of The Meeting in the Gallery's Bookshop.