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Public lecture on modern art

Professor John Roberts will present his lecture, Art after Deskilling, on Wednesday, 12 November 2008 at 6pm.Professor John Roberts
John is Professor of Art and Aesthetics at the University’s School of Art & Design. His lecture will look at criticisms about the lack of ‘craft’ in contemporary art, and how this may be inevitable given the modern techniques used in some artistic productions.
Professor Roberts said: “The idea that there is an absence of discernible skill in contemporary art is commonplace. This criticism props up a general antipathy to what is perceived as modern art’s lack of craft.
“In my lecture, I will unpack these criticisms. The important issue, I will contend, is not to mourn the lack of craft in contemporary art but rethink the very category of ‘craft’ itself.”
The lecture is part of the free public lecture series organised by The Graduate School at the University. It will take place in the Millennium City Building Lecture Theatre on City Campus. For more information, visit  or call: 01902 323344.

Further information

Picture: Professor John Roberts
Professor John Roberts is the author of The Intangibilities of Form: Skill and Deskilling in Art After the Readymade (Verso 2007).
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