Iziko South African National Gallery hosts three events looking into contemporary art
Posted on 24 June 2019
Iziko South African National Gallery presents three events looking into contemporary art conservation and techniques as well as a open conversation with artist Penny Siopis facilitated by Patricia Smithen, Assistant Professor in Painting Conservation at the Queen`s University in Canada.
Panel discussion: Should Contemporary Art Last: moderated by Patricia Smithen
Contemporary art challenges collection practices on many levels. A straightforward object can be relatively easy to collect: a singular artwork made by a sole creator, to be purchased and displayed by the legal owner. Yet every aspect of this scenario is challenged by the current production methods, shifting societal values and the very definition of an artwork. Consider an artwork which exhibits rapid and visible change: it is possible to collect this responsibly and should this change be acknowledged, slowed, or celebrated? As boundaries are pushed, will some artworks simply be uncollectable?
Our panel will explore some of these topics:
Each panelist will introduce themselves, give a brief introduction to the topic (if possible show an example or two!), and start in with some questions. Will we open up the floor to questions from the audience.
More than Paint: Art on the Edge, by Patricia Smithen
Even historic paintings are made from different materials with different properties, however contemporary artists can use anything and everything when creating a picture. From installations to performances, from plastics to dung, modern paintings are more than just paint. Patricia Smithen will share some stories about the more unsual `painted` artworks encountered throught her career, their issues and the creative solutions devised to preserve and protect them.
Artist Conversation with Penny Siopis
Open conversation with Patricia Smithen, Assistant Professor, Painting Conservation, Queen`s University, Canada, on painting techniques and materials used by the artist and implications for conservation.
Some material processes used by Siopis, including her cake paintings and more recent glue nad ink paintings will be illustrated.
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