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When Contemporary Art Became Global

Ayala Museum in partnership with Asia Society Philippines and Ateneo Art Gallery present

When Contemporary Art Became Global 1986 – 2017
with Prof. Tony Godfrey

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29 March, 2017 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ayala Museum 3F Exhibition Hall

When Contemporary Art Became Global 1986 -2017

At the end of the 1980s and early 1990s a number of events and exhibitions happened that showed that contemporary art had become noticeably more global and not so dominated by New York and Western Europe. This programme of eight lectures will survey the scene in the late Eighties and then look at key events, exhibitions and trends in the ensuing years. It will look at artists from around the world, including South-East Asia, and see how they have dealt with such issues as making art for public spaces, art that demands participation, the growing spilt between “Biennale Art” and “Auction Art”, the search for identity, and what is the role of art in today’s society. Of course, we will also discuss who are the best artists, who speaks to us most and where are the masterpieces of today?

About the Speaker

Professor Tony Godfrey came from Britain to Asia in 2009 and now lives and works in the Philippines as teacher, writer and curator. He has published books on contemporary, painting, drawing and conceptual art. His most recent book was on the English painter Nigel Cooke, the most recent exhibition he curated Surrounded by Water in Indonesia: fifteen artists from the Philippines.

Lectures Series

March 7. LECTURE 1: 1986: did contemporary start now?

What does the death of Warhol and Beuys in this year signify?

The heyday of Neo-expressionist painters, Baselitz, Kiefer, Clemente

The advent of Jeff Koons and Neo-conceptualism


March 8. LECTURE 2: Sculpture and public projects

Can you make sculpture after Minimalism?

Anish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley, Thomas Schutte, Montien Boonma.

1987/1997 Munster Skulptur projekte

Places with a past, Charleston 1991


March 14. LECTURE 3: The others

Is this the point when art became global – or sort of?

Magiciens de la Terre, Paris 1989, Whitney Biennial 1993

Ilya Kabakov, Sophie Calle, Xu Bing,


March 15. LECTURE 4: Thinking and participation

Is art about thinking and interacting rather than looking at objects and pictures?

Thinking: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roberto Chabet

Participation: Carsten Holler, Rikrit Tiranavija, fog, slides, green curry.


March 21. LECTURE 5: Installation art & Video installation

Are these actual art forms?

What does video art do that film and TV don’t do better?

Matthew Barney, Ann Hamilton, Sooja Kim, Isaac Julien, etc.


March 22. LECTURE 6: Biennale Art

Is this the age of the curator?

Is there such a thing as “International Biennale Art” as opposed to “Auction Art.”

What is the best art shown at biennales?

Sara Sze, William Kentridge, Danh Vo, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, etc.


March 28. LECTURE 7: Painting at this moment

Is anything new, interesting or excellent happening in painting now?

Neo Rauch, Agus Suwage, Nigel Cooke, Aytjoe Christine, etc.


March 29. LECTURE 8: Who are the great artists of our age? What next?

Are Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, Marina Abramovic, Yayoi Kusama, etc great artists?

Are there older artists now who have a profound late style like Rembrandt or Cezanne?

What are the next generation of young artists bringing into the world?
Php 1200 (per session), P1000 (prepaid for 4 sessions), Php 800 (prepaid for 8 sessions)

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