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Talk Festival of Ideas: Duchamp & conceptual art - the joke that went too far or the birth of modern art

Festival of Ideas: Duchamp & conceptual art - the joke that went too far or the birth of modern art


Join The Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson and The Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak as they discuss Marcel Duchamp’s contested legacy.

Jacobson and Januszczak both feel passionately about Duchamp and conceptual art. For Jacobson, Duchamp’s work was the death knell for creativity but Januszczak believes that the artist behind the infamous Fountain was the godfather of contemporary art.
Howard Jacobson is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Mighty Waltzer (1999); The Man Booker Prize-winning The Finkler Question (2010); J (2014) and, most recently, Pussy (2017). For 18 years he was a regular columnist for the Independent, where he wrote about everything from art to religious sermons. He has presented programmes on the Turner Prize, 19th-century painting, depictions of Judas and Shylock and contributes regularly to Radio 4’s A Point of View.
Waldemar Januszczak has been the art critic at The Sunday Times since 1992 and has twice won Critic of the Year. Since 1997 he has produced and presented television documentaries on art including ones on the Renaissance; the Impressionists and Baroque art. Most recently he has produced a series on American art.
Join them as they battle it out for Duchamp’s contested legacy and debate whether conceptual art is the joke that went too far.
This talk will have live subtitles by Stagetext and BSL (British Sign Language) interpretation.

Event details

Sat 15 Sep 2018, 1:30pm

Live subtitling by Stagetext

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Venue details

Royal Academy of Arts
Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
Burlington House, Piccadilly

Phone: 020 7300 8090

Website: Royal Academy of Arts

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