Artport Lecture: Fictitious Signatures

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Image – Lucie Fontaine, Fontaine, school of, 2013. Digital image, variable dimensions. Courtesy Sabot, Cluj-Napoca and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles
Image – Lucie Fontaine, Fontaine, school of, 2013. Digital image, variable dimensions. Courtesy Sabot, Cluj-Napoca and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles

Authorship and signature, key issues in Western art, will be discussed by Nicola Trezzi in Fictitious Signatures – a Parallel History of Western Authorship. The talk will take place on Tuesday, August 30, 2013 at 19:00 at Artport, 55 Ben Zvi Blvd, Tel Aviv and will be presented in English. Entrance is free and open to the public.

The talk will open with a discussion of Paul Sérusier’s painting L’Aven au Bois d’Amour (1988) – known as “The Talisman,” a work which has been regarded as having a galvanizing effect on the Post-Impressionist avant-garde movement Les Nabis, which included Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Edouard Vouillard and others. The Talisman will provide the starting point from which Trezzi will present a series of individuals and artworks that redefine the traditional notion of authorship and signature in Western society. This lecture comprises the concluding class of “Fontaine, school of,” Lucie Fontaine’s summer school conceived for Artport. While the course was limited to a small group of artists and curators, the final lecture, conducted by Trezzi, is open to the public.

Paul Sérusier, The Talisman, Oil on wood, 1988, 27 x 21.5 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.
Paul Sérusier, The Talisman, Oil on wood, 1988, 27 x 21.5 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France.

Trezzi, an employee of Lucie Fontaine, is  the US editor of Flash Art International and part of the editorial teams of its sister publications Flash Art Italia, Flash Art CZ&SK and Flash Art HU. He is also the curator and editor of the Prague Biennale Foundation, has lectured at the Yale School of Art, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, and his writings appeared in Monopol, Biweekly, The Room and White Fungus as well as in exhibition catalogues.

Fictitious Signatures – a Parallel History of Western Authorship
Artport, 55 Ben Zvi Blvd, Tel Aviv. August 30th at 19:00.