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Nasher Prize Dialogues – Artists and Authorship: reference, relationships and appropriation in contemporary sculptural practice

The Trades Hall of Glasgow, 84 Glassford Street, Glasgow G1 1UH

2 May 2018

The Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, in association with The Common Guild presented an event as part of the Nasher Prize Dialogues: a panel discussion considering issues around the idea of artistic licence, and the use / re-use of existent material. The discussion considered questions around ownership, originality, responsibility, ethics, and authorship in 21st century art production.

Speakers: Katrina Brown (Director, The Common Guild) and artists Christine Borland, Sam Durant and Mark Leckey.

The Nasher Prize Dialogues are intended to foster international awareness of sculpture and of the Nasher Prize, and to stimulate discussion and debate.

Inaugurated in 2016, The Nasher Prize is the most significant award in the world dedicated exclusively to contemporary sculpture. It is presented annually to a living artist that has had an extraordinary impact on the understanding of the art form. Previous recipients have been Doris Salcedo, and Pierre Huyghe. The 2018 laureate is Theaster Gates.

Christine Borland (Kilcreggan, Argyll) is an artist whose work has often involved collaboration with institutions in other fields, including: forensic science, the history of medicine, medical ethics and human genetics. Borland frequently asks us to consider the fragility of human life and the way in which it is valued by social systems and institutions. Borland was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1997. Recent projects have included collaborative work with artist Brody Condon for Edinburgh Art Festival (2012), CCA, Glasgow (2015) and Stroom Den Haag (2016). Borland was the first BALTIC Professor at the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, Northumbria University (2011-16). She is currently developing a major research-led commission 'I Say Nothing' for 14-18 NOW and Glasgow Museums at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (supported by the Art Fund) reflecting on the centenary of the First World War.

Katrina Brown (Glasgow) is founding director of The Common Guild and a former director of Glasgow International Festival (2010 and 2012).

Sam Durant (Los Angeles) is a multimedia artist whose works engage a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, his work explores the varying relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism. He has had recent solo presentations in museums LACMA, LA (2014), MACRO, Rome, (2013) and has participated in the Panama, Sydney, Venice, Liverpool and Whitney biennial exhibitions. In 2013, his work ‘Scaffold’ – the subject of controversy in 2017 - was exhibited at Jupiter Artland, outside Edinburgh, after first appearing in documenta 13 in Kassel, 2012. Durant teaches at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.

Mark Leckey (London) works across multiple media and formats, including sculpture, sound, video, music and performance. Often citing existent artworks or making use of found footage, his notable video works have included 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore '(1999) and 'Industrial Light and Magic'(2008), for which he won the 2008 Turner Prize. Leckey’s work has been widely exhibited internationally, including recent solo exhibitionsat MoMA PS1, New York (2016) and Wiels, Brussels (2014). His new solo exhibition will be at Tramway as part of Glasgow International from 20th April – 1st July 2018.

The Trades Hall of Glasgow. The Trades Hall of Glasgow was designed by Robert Adam in 1791-94. The medieval cathedral aside, it is the oldest building in Glasgow still in regular use for its original purpose. It is fully accessible.

This event took place as part of Glasgow International 2018.