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Andrew Renton

Writer & Curator

Collecting as Practice - What Makes a Work of Art Work?

Date RecordedJune 17, 2022
Duration90 minutes

Course Detail

Andrew Renton's talk addresses conditions of collecting which have a direct impact on both the status and the very nature of a work of art. He explores the history of collecting which supports or produces economic value, as well as how collections are a reflection of a history of evolving values which, at an institutional level, are undergoing radical rethinking. In addition, Renton focuses on collecting as a pro-active practice that produces significant events of cultural impact. In his view, today’s expanded field of collecting might even affect the physical and conceptual attributes of an object, and the context which defines the work through its being collected.
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Andrew Renton


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