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Duchamp and conceptual art: the joke that went too far or the birth of modern art?

Festival of Ideas


Saturday 15 September 2018
1.30 — 2.30pm

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Waldemar Januszczak and Howard Jacobson

Join The Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson and award-winning 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.

Award-winning Sunday Times art critic and broadcaster, 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 discussion will be chaired by the Royal Academy’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow.

This talk will be accompanied with speech-to-text transcription by STAGETEXT and BSL (British Sign Language) interpretation.

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Saturday 15 September 2018

1.30 — 2.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£16, £10 concessions