Tuesday, July 14, 2009

'Mountains of Butter, Lakes of Wine' surveys the changing funding conditions for contemporary art





So what is the deal? I am sure a lot of artists are asking themselves this question in regards to the complex world of art funding, more specifically contemporary art. The conditions for funding contemporary art have changed rapidly and there are plenty of misconceptions about these issues. 'Mountains of Butter, lakes of wine' will bring to light where the lines are drawn for public and private funding in the world of contemporary art. The focal point will be on the European landscape, but this doesn't make it any less interesting for New Yorkers.
Some of the invited speakers include: Jan Debbaut, Director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and of the Tate Collections in London,Tirdad Zolghadg, an editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine and Christine Thome, organizer and founder of the non-profit organization Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for the Plastic Arts. Questions and concerns to be covered: What do funders want to promote today? What do they want to prevent? And what do artists think about this? Can art ever be free? Is there a correlation between funding and the way in which art is produced and presented?
If you happen to be in Stockholm this coming November, this is not to be missed.

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