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Juan DAVILA
born Chile 1946, arrived Australia 1974
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Melbourne Art Book Fair: Book Launch: ‘Painting is a Critical Form’ by Helen Johnson
Presented by 3-ply

Sat 2 May 15, 2.30pm
NGV International
Great Hall
Ground Level

Free entry

“Being a painter in a post-medium specific context does not mean approaching painting as some sort of anachronistic refuge, or thinking that the modernist project of the specific medium can be rehabilitated, or even continue to be flogged. As a site for the production of meaning, painting is a rich field of loadings, neuroses and suggestiveness that can mesh with aesthetic qualities to make a charged conceptual space. Focusing on works by Juan Davila and Martin Kippenberger, this book proposes an extended understanding of how painting can operate aesthetically, grounded in Immanuel Kant’s formulation of aesthetic experience as implicitly connected to critical reflection. Kant’s Critique of Aesthetic Judgement constitutes the basis of a mobilisation of aesthetics for the reading of painting beyond formalism, embracing aesthetic criticality as an open position of refusal, rather than the dogmatic pursuit of a rational conclusion.”  Helen Johnson, Painting is a Critical Form, 2015

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3-ply is an independent publishing initiative that focuses on publication, writing, editing and translation as an extension of art practice.

Speaker Elizabeth Newman, Artist
Artist Helen Johnson