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Art & Philosophy Symposium

Art & Philosophy Symposium

This series of recordings document a symposium held at the Art Gallery of NSW in July 2017. In this event, artists and philosophers came together to discuss the question 'where is the artwork?’ as a way to examine how we construct value and meaning in art.

Using artworks in the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection, five philosophers each present on an artwork of their choice, demonstrating their own philosophical perspective on art and the act of reflection. Presentations are then followed by responses from an invited artist or philosopher.

This symposium is presented in partnership with Artsense and The University of Adelaide and was supported by The Australian Research Council and The American Society for Aesthetics.

Image: Ai Weiwei Forever 2003 (detail). Art Gallery of New South Wales © Ai Weiwei

5 Tracks
01 Michael Newall on Tom Roberts' 'Holiday Sketch at Coogee' (1888)
02 Paul Guyer on Paul Cézanne's 'Banks of the Marne' (c1888)
03 Cynthia Freeland on Clarice Beckett's 'Evening, St Kilda Road' (c1930)
04 David Macarthur on Thomas Demand's 'Model/Modell' (2000)
05 Robert Sinnerbrink on Ai Weiwei's 'Forever'(2003)