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Artist Lily Cox-Richard in Conversation with Alex Potts

Monday, December 2, 2013
12:00 AM
202 S. Thayer, #1022

Click here for details on Lily Cox-Richard's exhibition Thicket.

A conversation between Thicket artist Lily Cox-Richard and Professor Alex Potts. The event begins with a short poetry reading by Davy Knittle, whose work appears in the companion book to the Thicket exhibition.

Alex Potts is Max Loehr Collegiate Professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of Michigan. His work on art and artistic theory covers a number of areas - sculptural aesthetics and the history of sculpture, experimental practices and the aesthetics of realism in twentieth-century art, art and artistic theory in the nineteenth century, and Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment conceptions of the classical ideal. His main publication on the latter was his book Flesh and the Ideal. Winckelmann and the Origins of Art History (1994). In addition to the book The Sculptural Imagination: Figurative, Modernist, Minimalist (2000), his work on sculpture includes a co-edited anthology of texts on modern sculpture, The Modern Sculpture Reader (2007; reissued 2012), and articles on David Smith, Alberto Giacometti and other twentieth-century sculptors. In his more recent research he has been arguing for the larger significance of experimental forms of realism in post-war European and American art. This was the subject of the Slade Lectures in Fine Art he gave at the University of Oxford in 2008 and of the Kirk Varnedoe Memorial Lectures at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 2009, and also of his book, Experiments in Modern Realism: World Making, Politics and the Everyday in Postwar European and American Art, published by Yale University Press in 2013. The latter examines a variety of different kinds of art, from the postwar painting of De Kooning and Dubuffet to New Brutalist and Pop image and object making and actions and assemblages of artists such as Rauschenberg and Beuys. In his current project, he is exploring ways in which political commitment informed conceptions of naturalism and realism as well as more abstract forms of representation in the art of the late-nineteenth and earlier-twentieth centuries.

Davy Knittle's poems have appeared in 580 Split,  elimae, Swink, Jai-Alai, Natural Bridge and elsewhere. He and Lily began conversations that informed Thicket while in residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts. Davy is an MFA candidate in poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop where he is working on a series of poems about the architect and critic Robert Venturi.