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Why are conceptual artists painting again?

Monday, November 1, 2010, 6-8pm

Part of Traffic Talks

A program of Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965 to 1980

Why are conceptual artists painting again? Because they think it’s a good idea.

Lecture featuring Berlin-based critic Jan Verwoert examining the developments of art after Conceptualism. His lecture is concerned with the way in which the basic conditions of art practice have changed and what words and models might be used to open up the potentials at the heart of the developments in art after Conceptualism.

Jan Verwoert teaches art at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, works as a contributing editor to frieze magazine and writes for different publications. His book Bas Jan Ader – In Search of the Miraculous was published by Afterall/MIT Press in 2006. The collection of his essays Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want has just been published by Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute.


George Ignatieff Theatre
Trinity College, University of Toronto
15 Devonshire Place (between Bloor and Hoskin)

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The exhibition and conference are made possible through the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Hal Jackman Foundation.

Title and Page Image: Installation view of Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, 2010. Image credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.

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