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A Garden Like No Other: Edward James & Las Pozas James Russell Monday 10 February 2020

Hidden away in dense subtropical forest, in the hills north of Mexico City, lies an enchanted valley in which strange ruins tower over waterfalls and pools. It seems like the remains of a lost civilisation, but the arches and stairways were built only in the last century by Edward James, a rich English eccentric and Surrealist, who sold his unrivalled art collection to fund the project. Ranging around the world and across the 20th century, this colourful lecture tells the story of Edward James and Las Pozas, introducing along the way an array of intriguing characters such as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, and exploring the wider theme of the modern artist-gardener. 

Photograph: By kind permission of Bernardo Bolanos

 

James Russell  Having studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, James enjoyed a lengthy stint selling contemporary paintings in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This inspired him to begin writing and lecturing on 20th century art. Of his dozen or so books, one was a Sunday Times book of the year, while his writing has been described by critics as 'insightful', 'informative' and 'enjoyably readable'. The curator of major exhibitions at Dulwich Picture Gallery, James bases his lectures on wide-ranging original research, and on in-depth knowledge of the subjects that fascinate him. He has lectured all over Britain – and beyond!