Keynote Lecture, Ben Davis

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Who Are We? What Are We Doing Here?
Ben Davis, National Critic for artnet News
Presented by MOMUS

What, really, does visual art do today? We talk about it as if it is not just important, but more important—loftier, more charged with meaning and value—than other kinds of creative endeavours. But is this anything more than a convenient myth? You can make the case for art’s importance, but to do so I think you need to give up some cherished myths. You need to begin from first principles to explain what the thing we call “visual art” actually does and doesn’t do in the contemporary world. That’s right, this is a talk about the question, “What is contemporary art?”
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By: Feature Contemporary Art Fair