Keynote by Marek Claassen for the Tate Modern Show
POP LIFE: ART IN A MATERIAL WORLD
1 OCTOBER 2009 – 17 JANUARY 2010
Saturday 10 October 2009, 11.00–17.00
Taking Andy Warhol’s notorious provocation as a starting point,
this short symposium explores in greater depth some of the issues raised by our current exhibition Pop Life: Art in a Material World.
We extend the discussion to the relationships between art and business and explore artists’ strategies and the status of the work of art in an age of mass production. Speakers include Iain Robertson, deputy academic director and head of art business studies at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Cosey Fanni Tutti, artist,Catherine Wood, Tate Modern, curator of Pop Life: Art in a Material World, Jaime Stapleton, associate research fellow of the School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London, and Marek Claassen, director of Artfacts. These speakers will approach the complex interactions between artists and commerce in contemporary life from a range of critical perspectives.