Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Understanding Contemporary Art with Professor Tony Godfrey

Join Professor Tony Godfrey as he explores contemporary art from its birth to its current state in a 6 week course at the Ateneo Art Gallery from June 13 – July 18.

Through lectures and discussions discover the different movements that have emerged since the 1960s, the artists that have defined these movements and the different art forms that are currently seen in exhibitions, art fairs and biennials.

Course dates : Lectures every Saturday from June 13 – July 18, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm.

June 13 : What was wrong with Modernism? Why did contemporary art happen? Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns. Lecture on The birth of the Contemporary: Pop, Minimal and Conceptual Art: Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Joseph Beuys, On Kawara.

June 20 : 1980s : Neo Expressionism Anselm Kiefer, Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente 1980s: Neo conceptualism: Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Magiciens de la Terre

June 27 : Contemporary Art and Photography Contemporary Art and Video : Video works by Bill Viola, Pipilotti Rist and Eije Lisa Ahtilla July 4: Sculpture and art in public places since 1980 : Joseph Beuys, Anthony Gormley, Skulptur Projekte Munster

July 11 : Installation art : Christian Boltanski, Ann Amilton, Ilya Kabakov What is different about Filipino Contempoary Art? July 18 : Can painting be contemporary? Marlene Dumas, Luc Tuymans, Liu Xiaodong Who are the important artists for today and tomorrow?

Course fee : P12,000 The course includes gallery visits and discussions.

Professor Tony Godfrey has been working in the contemporary art world since 1978 as teacher, writer and curator. For many years he ran the MA (Contemporary Art) at Sotheby’s Institute London. 1995-2005. He has also taught in many art schools (Goldsmith’s RCA, Camberwell, Winchester, Lasalle (Singapore) etc) and Universities (Yale, NYU, Oxford, Plymouth, etc). In 2008 he became a Professor of Fine Art at University of Plymouth. His first book was New Image in Painting (1986)

His 1998 book Conceptual Art was the first book to see Conceptual Art as a global phenomenon. It has remained in print and been translated into five languages. His most recent book Painting Today (Phaidon, 2009) attempts likewise to see painting as a worldwide phenomenon. It has been reprinted and translated into three languages. Tony Godfrey’s other books include Drawing Today (1991) and Contemporary Photography in Asia (2013).

For more information on the course, you may email Ria Talamayan-Aguilar at or call the Ateneo Art Gallery at 4266488. Slots are limited.

Downloadable registration form here


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