The transformative object @ Royal Academy of Arts, London [13 October]

The transformative object

18:30 - 19:45

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Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0 London, United Kingdom
In this panel discussion chaired by Professor Michael Archer, artists Sir Michael Craig Martin CBE RA, Alice Anderson and Professor Dawn Ades CBE FBA explore how artists transform our perception of everyday and familiar objects.

While diverse in their practice, Henri Matisse, Jasper Johns, Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp all carefully considered the representation of objects in their work. Whether artists use objects as the subject of a still-life or directly incorporate them into the work itself, the hand of the artist encourages us to reconsider everyday objects as though we are seeing them for the first time. As the viewer we are inspired to look beyond function and utility to read into the social, cultural and political significance of these inanimate objects.

In this discussion, artists Sir Michael Craig Martin CBE RA, Alice Anderson and art historian Professor Dawn Ades CBE FBA examine why artists continue to explore the representation of objects, at a time where virtual reality and technological advances pose a challenge to the very presence of objects in our material world. This event is chaired by Professor Michael Archer.

£12 full price
£6 concession


Alice Anderson
Anderson’s practice is rooted in performance and concerned with the exploration of the post-digital through objects – in particular, the physical and physiological mutations associated with transhumanism.
Alice Anderson lives and works in London. She studied Fine Art at the Goldsmiths College, London. Her first solo exhibition took place at the Freud Museum, London in 2011.

Michael Craig-Martin RA
Michael Craig-Martin grew up and was educated in the United States. He studied Fine Art at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture and, on completion of his studies in 1966, he moved to London where he has lived ever since. An Oak Tree, 1973, is one of his best known early works. His more recent work, which includes painting, printmaking, installations projections and drawing, continues to depict common place objects.

Dawn Ades
Dawn Ades is a Fellow of the British Academy, a former trustee of Tate, Professor of the History of Art at the Royal Academy and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her services to art history. She has been responsible for some of the most important exhibitions in London and overseas over the past thirty years, including Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Art in Latin America and Francis Bacon.

Michael Archer
Michael Archer is a critic and writer on modern and contemporary art. His work has appeared in many journals, including Artforum, Art Monthly, Frieze and Parkett, and in numerous catalogues. He is the author of Art Since 1960 (Thames & Hudson 1997/2002/2015). He provided the text for Installation Art (Thames & Hudson, 1994), and wrote the later chapters on modern and contemporary art for Hugh Honour and John Fleming’s A World History of Art (Laurence King, 2009).

Cover Image: Alice Anderson, FLOORBOARDS, 2015. Architectural data, copper coloured wire.
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