Intelligence Squared Asia - The Market Is the Best Judge of Art's Quality

Rm N101, HK Convention & Exhibition Centre, Fri 24th May, 6:30-8:00pm

"The Market Is the Best Judge of Art's Quality"

Banner with date 24 May

 

Pre-debate vote: For 20% | Against 60% | Don't know 20%
Post-debate vote: For 25% | Against 73% | Don't know 2%

 

Intelligence Squared proudly presents the motion "The Market Is the Best Judge of Art's Quality". The event will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, 24 May 2013, to coincide with the first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong.

 

Some believe that the viewer's experience of a work and its validation by scholars are what make a piece of art important. Others argue that the market, the last unregulated multi-billion dollar business, is the most reliable measure of an artist's talent. For its fifth Hong Kong debate on culture, Intelligence Squared brings together four brilliant thought-leaders from the art world to tackle questions such as: How is the quality of art determined? Do skyrocketing prices reflect enlightened connoisseurship? Or is the contemporary market simply fuelled by the tastes of a handful of buyers and sellers? Do critical analysis and art history matter in the appreciation of art today? In the absence of strong museums and art criticism, is it acceptable that prices dominate the conversation about art?

 

 

For the Motion

Amy Cappellazzo
Amy Cappellazzo
Chairman of Post-War and Contemporary Development at Christie’s
Jeffrey Deitch
Jeffrey Deitch
Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Moderator

Charles Guarino
Charles Guarino
Publisher of Artforum International Magazine

Against the Motion

Matthew Collings
Matthew Collings
British art critic, writer, broadcaster, and artist
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Contemporary artist and professor of visual arts at Columbia University School of the Arts
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