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Keynote Talk + Discussion | Dave Beech
Thursday 12 December, 6.00pm - 7.00pm, Lecture Room, IMMA
Beauty and the Revolutionary Subject
In this talk Dave Beech (London-based artist, writer and Senior Lecturer, Chelsea College of Art,) discusses the rise of beauty as a key element in the completion of the bourgeois revolution and the politics of its revival in art during the neoliberal epoch. Beech discusses the emergence of the modern conception of beauty and the cultural politics of this recent phenomenon, as well as contextualizing contested debates on beauty in artistic practice within the broader history of aesthetics. To expand on his concepts of beauty, Beech explores Hogarth’s pioneering role in making art for the public sphere and its connections to the bourgeois aesthetics and beauty as a subjective, individual matter of taste. This talk stems from Beech’s acclaimed publication Beauty, Documents of Contemporary Art, White Chapel, London, 2009.
This is followed by a chaired discussion with Sinead Hogan (Lecturer, IADT) and David Beech.
About Speaker Dave Beech is an artist in the art collective Freee. Recent exhibitions include the Istanbul Bieenial 2013, The Liverpool Biennial 2010 and 'We Are Grammar' at the Pratt Institute Manhattan 2011. His book 'Art and Value: Art's Economic Exceptionalism within Classical, Neoclassical and Marxist Economics' will be published as part of the Historical Materialism Book Series in 2014.
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