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Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Nasher Prize Dialogues: Artists and Authorship: Reference, Relationships and Appropriation in Contemporary Sculptural Practice, presented in partnership with The Common Guild and Glasgow International 2018

Public panel discussion to be held at the Trades Hall of Glasgow, May 2, as part of the Nasher Prize’s ongoing series of international public programs


DALLAS, Texas (April 18, 2018) – Nasher Sculpture Center announces Nasher Prize Dialogues: Artists and Authorship: Reference, Relationships and Appropriation in Contemporary Sculptural Practice, a panel discussion, presented in partnership with The Common Guild and Glasgow International 2018 on May 2, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. GMT pm (12-2 p.m. CST) at the Trades Hall of Glasgow.

Nasher Prize Dialogues: Artists and Authorship: Reference, Relationships and Appropriation in Contemporary Sculptural Practice will consider questions around ownership, originality, responsibility, ethics, and authorship in 21st century art production, as well as issues of artistic license, and the use / re-use of existent material.

Speakers for the event are artists Christine Borland, Sam Durant and Mark Leckey, and the conversation will be moderated by Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild.

The discussion is part of Nasher Prize Dialogues, the discursive platform of the Nasher Prize, the annual international prize for a living artist in recognition of a body of work that has had an extraordinary impact on the understanding of sculpture. The Dialogues are intended to foster international awareness of sculpture and to stimulate discussion and debate. Programs—including panel discussions, lectures, and symposia—are held in cities around the world on a yearly basis, offering engagement with various audiences, and providing myriad perspectives and insight into the ever-expanding field of sculpture.

Previous international Nasher Prize Dialogues programs include “The Public Place of Sculpture” at Museo Jumex, Mexico City; “The Work of Sculpture in the Age of Digital Production” at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin; and “Why Sculpture Now?” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation.

Watch Nasher Prize Dialogues: Artists and Authorship live on Facebook and follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using #NasherDialogues


About The Common Guild

The Common Guild is a visual arts organisation based in Glasgow. It was established in 2006 and presents a dynamic, international programme of contemporary visual art projects, exhibitions, and events. These include gallery-based exhibitions as well as non-gallery, one-off projects, talks and collaborations. The Common Guild is a not-for-profit visual arts organisation, receiving Regular Funding from Creative Scotland. For more information:www.thecommonguild.org.uk

About Glasgow International 2018

Glasgow International is Scotland’s largest festival for contemporary art, taking place over three weeks every two years across the city of Glasgow. Renowned as a centre for contemporary art, the festival draws on the city’s strengths as a vibrant and distinctive centre of artistic production and display. Combining the characteristics of a visual arts biennial with an open submission model for artists and curators based in the city, GI is a truly unique event in the European cultural calendar. For more information: http://glasgowinternational.org/

About 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.

About the speakers  

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 short-listed for the Turner Prize in 1997. Recent projects have included collaborative work with artist Brody Condon for Edinburgh Art Festival (2012) and CCA, Glasgow (2015). Borland was the first BALTIC Professor at the BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art 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.

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