Fillip: Contemporary Art and Criticism
Summary: Talks on international contemporary art and ideas produced or co-presented by Fillip, Vancouver.
Reimagining the art object as sharing some basic ontological qualities with the riddle, Maria Fusco will discuss the most precise methods for writing about or writing around the art object: to elicit, to unlock, to induce its essential obscurity with essential obscurity.
Criticism is an endeavour that turns on a set of intimacies: between the writer and the work, the writer and the artist, the writer and the reader, and the writer and his- or herself.
William Wood introduces a panel discussion with Tom Morton, John O’Brian, and Kristina Lee Podesva with a response to and contextualization of the increasing presence of (and growing resistance to) judgment in contemporary art writing. This talk was originally presented on February 28, 2009, as part of Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism, a forum and month long speaker series organized with Artspeak. William Wood is an art historian and critic.
The assessment of the state of criticism is traditionally defined by an anxious, dialectical, three-step process: a definition of crisis within the field, a nostalgic call to order, and a moment where a middle ground is sought between the crisis and the call to arms.
AA Bronson presents a history of artist books, Art Metrople, and Printed Matter as part of Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter at Artspeak, Vancouver.