The Made v The Readymade
Mark Prince on the resistance of objects
In the story of recent sculpture, making has given way to assemblages and installations of known objects that carry narrative overtones – but there are artists who resist this trajectory. If the readymade reduces the object to a transferrable set of signs, how have artists such as Phyllida Barlow, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon and, more recently, Nairy Baghramian, Michael Dean and Alexander Heim short-circuited this current?
‘If art is expected to function as a vehicle for a set of branded narratives that should be as summarisable as possible from a digital remove, “eliminating recognisable things” might be a form of resistance.’
The programme is hosted by Matt Hale who has worked at Art Monthly since 1991.
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