GA TALK 018 “Expanded field” by Anya Gallaccio (Aritst)

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GLOBAL ART TALK 018 “Expanded field” by Anya Gallaccio (Aritst)

What does it mean to make sculpture today? How does a young artist navigate the History of Art and current Contemporary Art’s recent history and current production to arrive at a focus and committed practice? How does that practice evolve as that artist moves from being recognized as an emerging talent into mid-career? British artist, Anya Gallaccio was a member of the celebrated YBA (Young British Artists) that emerged in the early 1980s and 90s and was a participant in the now legendary “Frieze” exhibition, curated by Damian Hirst. She has since gone on to show around the world in galleries, museums and biennales. Her distinctive sculptural practice often employs natural materials that are allowed to transform over time, creating both engaging and challenging installations. In her conversation with Mami Kataoka (Professor of KUAD, Deputy director and Chief curator at the Mori Art Museum), Anya will chart the evolution of her work over the last 30 years, and talk about the contexts and situations that both challenge and stimulate her as an artist.

About the Talk

Time/Date:19:00-20:30 2019.10.26 Sat
Venue:Lecture Room 3, Campus Plaza Kyoto
939, Higashishiokoji-cho, Nishinotoin-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Access: Take JR or Kintetsu Kyoto Line, Subway Karasuma Line and get off at ‘Kyoto Station’.
Admission:Free (Booking required)
Seating Capacity:100
*English>Japanese consecutive translation available

Organized by: Kyoto University of Art and Design, Graduate School of Art and Design Studies/HAPS

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About the Speaker

Anya Gallaccio was born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1963 and lives and works in San Diego, CA, and London, England. She has exhibited widely throughout the world, with institutional solo shows including The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh( 2019), The Contemporary Austin, Austin TX (2017), Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego CA (2015), Camden Arts Centre, London, England (2008), Sculpture Center, New York NY (2006), and Tate Britain for Duveen Sculpture Commission, London England (2002). In 2003 Gallaccio was nominated for the Turner Prize. She is a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.


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Connecting Kyoto and the World through Contemporary Art

The environment surrounding contemporary art has become vastly more complex over the past few decades. Faced with this situation, it is no easy task for artists to find a way to be active at a global level. Naturally, it is virtually impossible to get a firm grasp on the art scenes that are being produced concurrently all over the world. In particular, in neighboring Asian countries that are seeing rapid economic growth and modernization, there are more opportunities than ever before to show one’s work, taking into account the new art museums and art fairs that are being established, and the flourishing numbers of international exhibitions. Although global attention focused on this region has increased, the situation is quite different in Japan, where there is a general sense that the work of developing art-related institutions has been finished. However, it is precisely this state of affairs that has led to a renewed questioning of how global networks are constructed, a reconsideration of how institutionalization works, and the role of artists in society.
In Kyoto, art schools produce a large number of new artists each year. But what kinds of connections might one discover today between this center of traditional Japanese culture and the world of contemporary art that has grown ever more complex in this way? “Global Art Talk,” presented by HAPS and Kyoto University of Art and Design, is a program where internationally active artists, curators, collectors, researchers, and gallerists, among others, are invited, and, through a series of dialogues, strives to provide a global perspective as well as deepen understanding. (Until last year it ran under the title of “ULTRA x HAPS.”)

The “GLOBAL ART TALK” is part of the Resident Curator Program of HAPS, which seeks to provide support to young emerging artists.

The Kyoto University of Art and Design is dedicated to establishing an institution that will foster artists from Kyoto who aim to work in the contemporary art world at a global level.


preserved beauty, 1991

preserved beauty, 1991