Saturday, January 30, 2010

'Who's the artist?' - Open Forum at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

A podcast of the open forum I chaired at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge on 21st January is now available via the Fitzwilliam Museum website here and via the University of Cambridge's Streaming Media service here.

The panel, which included the sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld, Dr Timothy Potts, director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Rungwe Kingdon, director of the Pangolin Editions bronze foundry, and Johannes von Stumm, President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, convened to discuss the relationship between contemporary sculptors and the studios or foundries that execute their work.

The discussion touched on issues relating to authorship, originality and authenticity, knowledge of materials, the role of criticism in the reception of contemporary sculpture, and the impact of the market on craft skills and techniques of manufacture.

The event was organised to coincide with the closing days of the Fitzwilliam Museum's annual 'Sculpture Promenade', (right), which this year featured work by Terry New, Diane Maclean, Wu Wei-shan, David Begbie, Johannes von Stumm, Andrew Stonyer, Charles Hadcock, and Richard Fenton.

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