TrAIN Conversation: Christopher Kul-Want and Dean Kenning in conversation with Deborah Cherry



Dean Kenning will be in conversation with Christopher Kul-Want about his recently published book, ‘Philosophers on Art, From Kant to the Postmodernists, A Critical Reader’. The book brings together twenty five texts on art written by twenty philosophers, drawing on Continental philosophy and aesthetics, the Marxist intellectual tradition and psychoanalytic theory. In talking about the book’s choice of texts and their thematics, the discussion will consider philosophy’s attempts to provide an ontology of art.

Christopher Kul-Want is a widely published writer in art history and theory, and is editor of ‘Philosophers on Art, From Kant to the Postmodernists, A Critical Reader’ (Columbia University press, 2010). He is course director of the Masters in Research in Art Theory and Philosophy at Central St Martins, a course starting in 2011.

Dr Dean Kenning is an artist and a writer. Solo exhibitions include Commonism at Five Years (2010) and The Dulwich Horror: HP Lovecraft and the Crisis in British Housing at Space Station Sixty-Five (2007). He has published in Third Text, Art Review and Modern Painters, and writes regularly for Art Monthly. He teaches on the BA and MA Fine Art at Central St Martins, and is Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at Kingston University, where he has designed and edited Centre for Useless Splendour – A Book. Current projects include Reclaim the Mural as part of The Work in Progress art group, at Whitechapel Gallery. [Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1LQ]

This event is free and open to all, and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis

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    I studied in the UK (Edinburgh and London) and I have worked in the UK, the USA, and in Europe, where I am now at the University of Amsterdam. Following my PhD I have written extensively on art in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth century with two books, Painting Women (1994) and Beyond the Frame: Feminism and Visual Culture (2000) along with exhibitions such as ‘The Edwardian Era’ (co-curated 1987).
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