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Leading art critic Michael Fried in Sydney


21 May 2013

Professor Michael Fried, who will be sharing his views on a key work by renowned German conceptual artist Thomas Demand.
Professor Michael Fried, who will be sharing his views on a key work by renowned German conceptual artist Thomas Demand.

Why has photography become such a captivating form of contemporary art? What methodologies do artists employ to create engrossing photographic imagery? These are questions of interest to both the art lover and novice alike, which renowned art historian and critic Professor Michael Fried will consider at the University of Sydney this week.

In town for a University of Sydney Power Institute/Sydney Ideas talk, Professor Fried will share his views on a key work by renowned German conceptual artist Thomas Demand. In particular, he will show and critique Demand's stop animation work Pacific Sun. The 100-second film is Demand's response to onboard images of the Pacific Sun cruise ship as it was struck by a storm off New Zealand's coast in 2008. Fried's presentation will be a valuable interpretive and critical account of Demand's creative practice and, and how it contributes to such engrossing artwork.

Perhaps best known for his 1967 essay Art and Objecthood, the basis of his 1980 book of the same name, the Johns Hopkins University-based Fried has been pivotal in drawing distinctions between modernism and minimalism. He has also been a seminal figure in the debate around photography as art. In his recent book Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before he suggests photography is at the cutting edge of contemporary art. His focus is then on Thomas Demand, who relies heavily on photographic imagery, and will offer a world-leading perspective on the age-old argument about the role of photography in art.


Event details

What: Thomas Demand's Pacific Sun

When: 7 to 8.30pm, Friday 24 May

Where: The Great Hall, The Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus

Cost: $25, concession $17, free for all University students, University of Sydney full-time students, University of Sydney staff and University of Sydney alumni

Tickets: Purchase online or by calling the Seymour Centre Box Office on 9351 7940


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