Discussion: For the Love of God - Is contemporary art a joke? - Art Collector

Grant Stevens, Sonny, 2012. Lambda print, 35 x 32cm, edition of 5. Courtesy: the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney

Ever thought to yourself that you just don’t get modern art? Then this lively debate is for you.

The talk takes its title from Damien Hirst’s mother’s bemused reaction to her sons infamous diamond encrusted skull. Six Sydney art minds will challenge divided ideas about what contemporary art actually is and whether it’s gone too far. Has the use of ready-made items, personal belongings and the abstract tradition divided the traditionalist from the modernist? Is there a point to contemporary art? Or are real artworks only those painted on canvas? Hecklers welcome!

The adjudicator will be Frances Barrett, an experimental time-based artist. The speakers will be Chrisoula Lionis; arts writer and curator, Eddie Sharp; performer and curator, Andrew Frost; art critic and broadcaster, Connie Antheas; artist, David McNeill; senior lecturer in art theory and history at the College of Fine Arts Sydney, and Matte Rochford; performance artist.

This is a free event running as part of
Art Month Sydney.

Time: 6pm-8pm Saturday 16 March 2013
Location: Alaska Projects, 9A Elizabeth Bay Road (located on Level 2 of Kings Cross Car Park), Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011
Contact: 0410 432 981
Email: contact@alaskaprojects.com

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