Tate Modern: What Is Art with Alan Montgomery

Tate Modern: What Is Art with Alan Montgomery

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Ever since the early years of the twentieth century, artists around the world have been grappling with the question of how we define 'art'. Breaking away from the countless long-held traditions which had previously dictated what could (and what could not) be viewed as fine art, many creators over recent decades have experimented with form and media, tearing down the boundaries in their forays into the avant-garde.

Featuring masterpieces from the collection of Tate Modern, this talk will include works by modern masters such as Picasso, Matisse, and Rothko as well as contemporary pieces by living artists. From rethinking the portrait to questioning the role of the artist, from ideas of the readymade to turning apparently worthless junk into beautiful, valuable sculpture, a virtual visit to Tate Modern will allow us to more fully understand what we mean by 'avant-garde' and debate just what it is we mean by 'art.

Led by art historian and art expert Alan Montgomery, this interactive discussion will cover a few masterpieces of the Tate collection in depth. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a more thorough understanding of the artists and their works.

Alan Montgomery was born and raised in Scotland but has spent most of his adult life in London. Having achieved an MA in Art History at Glasgow University, he worked for many years in the art world at both an international auction house and an antique dealer. In recent years he has returned to academia, achieving an MA in Classical Civilisation in 2011, and has recently completed a Ph.D. in which he analyzed eighteenth-century attitudes towards the ancient Roman world. In addition to his work for Context Travel, Alan also writes catalog essays on Contemporary Art for a leading auctioneer. Elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2017, he has just started work on a book inspired by his Ph.D. research, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.