New Contemporaries supports emergent art practice from British art schools. Since 1949 New Contemporaries has consistently provided a critical platform for new and recent fine art graduates, primarily by means of an annual, nationally touring exhibition.
Independent of place and democratic to the core, New Contemporaries is open to all. One of only two open exhibitions in the UK, participants are selected by a panel comprising influential art figures including curators, writers, and artists, many of whom have themselves previously been a part of the New Contemporaries, and a rigorous process that considers the work within a broad cultural context.
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The Trouble with Art Criticism
This panel, chaired by curator and writer Teresa Gleadowe, speakers include JJ Charlesworth, associate editor at ArtReview Magazine; Adrian Searle, chief art critic of The Guardian newspaper; Melissa Gronlund; Managing Editor of Afterall journal, as well as Contributing Editor for Frieze, independent writer and curator Tom Morton.
The alarm bells about the crisis in art criticism have been rung many times in recent years, but what exactly is the crisis? Leading arts writers and critics have claimed that while once art criticism was passionate, polemical and judgmental, today's critics are more likely to find themselves tangled in a web of obscure language and neutrality. This Trouble With discussion panel seeks to tackle the nature of the ominous crisis in art criticism and identify what has changed, why, and whether it makes sense to look back at historic criticism for guidance.
BNC 2011 at the ICA
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011: In the Presence.
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 23 November 2011 - 15 January 2012
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