RAM Talk: The Strategies of Appropriation and Irony in Modern and Contemporary Art
May 4, 2019 Saturday 14:00 - 15:30
Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District)
On the fifth floor of RAM displays pixels series (2015-) by the artist Tobias Rehberger, which invites the audience to identify pixelated consuming icons composed of monochromatic mosaic tiles. In this series, the pixelated artworks drew inspiration from different sources. Inspired by Shunga (traditional Japanese pornography), for instance, one of the mosaicked images Tobias Rehberger created for Fondation Beyeler, was exhibited at Art Basel Miami in 2015.
Besides Tobias, many other artists have also used elements from mass culture to reproduce images, and appropriation and irony are the most common strategies adopted in modern and contemporary art. The speaker will present how appropriation and irony are employed by analyzing Manet’s The Luncheon on the Grass, Olympia and In the Conservatory, as well as other examples of Pop artworks. Compared to the more apparent appropriation and irony in Pop art, these techniques are used in modern art in a more subtle and elegant manner, showcasing that modernism critically absorbed the taste and essence of classical art.
Shen Yubing, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Research Center for Art and Philosophy of the School of Philosophy, Fudan University. He is committed to the teaching and research of Western modern aesthetics, modern and contemporary art history, and comparative study between Chinese and Western art.
Shen is the editor of the Fine Arts Volume of the “Introduction to the Classical Texts of Fine Arts” series and executive editor of the “Phoenix Collection of Art Theories” series. His books include Art Criticism in the 20th Century and Image and Meaning: The Historiography of Modern Anglo-American History. His translations, independent or collaborative, encompass 15 books, including The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers, Cézanne: A Study of His Development, Other criteria: confrontations with twentieth-century art, and Van Gogh.
Shen has received many awards for his books and translations, including an award for outstanding achievement in Humanities and Social Sciences from the Ministry of Education of China, the nomination of Art Publication of the Year by Awards of Art China (AAC) twice, and the award of art theory at the Second Forum of Contemporary Artistic Thoughts.
Free admission, reservation is required.