The green door into the colony of artists, a lecture by Zinovy Zinik.
Zinovy Zinik is an author of a dozen books of prose that include novels, collections of essays and short stories. Zinovy was born and grew up in Moscow, Russia, but has been a British citizen for forty years now and used to call Soho his second home. He is a contributor to The Times Literary Supplement and BBC radio. Today, Zinovy will guide us through Soho’s past and present and share with us some of his experience of being a Russian Sohoite. He is a resident of Deal since 2009.
The group of figurative artists that used to congregate and drink in the Colony Room Club in Soho since the late 1950s was dubbed as “The School of London” in the famous manifestos by Ronald Kitaj. But hardly any of the founding members of this “London School” were originally from London. Kitaj was a native from Cleveland, Ohio, and Leon Kossoff’s parents were Russian Jews. Lucian Freud was born in Vienna and Frank Auerbach in Berlin. A migrant from Ireland and an openly gay man, Francis Bacon was fond of being seen as a social rebel and outcast, a foreigner of a kind. Later they were joined in the Colony Room by a motley crowd of artists, writers, musicians and layabouts – George Melly and Jeffrey Bernard, Daniel Farson and Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin. But regardless of ethnic origins, age differences and disparate artistic styles, they were united in one thing: their fondness of drinking and talking.
A lecture by Zinovy Zinik
Saturday August 10
6:30 for 7pm