Matter Matters? Contemporary Art on Materialism

How do ethics come into art? This session we will take a look at a broad range of Contemporary artists who, in their own ways, question the world they live in and draw attention to some of the key issues in our society right now. Through the eyes of Basquiat and Banksy we will see how questions around the commodification of art itself have been raised by artists at the heart of this topic. Then, we will look at how art has been used by two installation artists – James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson to promote more spiritual topics or raise awareness about the fragility of our surroundings. We will see examples of paintings, street art and monumental land sculptures by some of the key figures of Contemporary Art.

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Upon completing her Masters in Curating at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Bojana worked at TATE Britain and The Serpentine Galleries before seeking experience in the private art sector. For a few years she worked for private art galleries in Zurich and Paris before moving to the leading auction house, Christie’s, in London. During her four years at Christie’s she worked as a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department where she also led art history lectures in collaboration with Christie’s Educational MA programme. Since then, Bojana has been working as a freelance art consultant, Art History lecturer and writer.

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