How to keep making art without feeling like a schmuck



The talk is open to the public, free of charge. The talk will be held in English.

Olav Westphalen, artist and professor at the Royal Institute of the Arts in Stockholm, will discuss the predicaments and contradictions of working in the tradition of the avant-garde, following the recent episodes in the history of the art and drawing from his own experience as a practitioner.

Olav Westphalen is a German-American artist whose practice frequently takes the form of games, entertainment or cartoons. His activities aim to expose the cultural blind spots and the hypocrisies of the social and cultural contexts he inhabits. He plays both sides of the HI-LO divide, producing mass-media comedy and cartoons while showing in museums and galleries such as The Whitney Museum, ICA London, The Swiss Institute NY, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Museum Fridericianum and others. His work is collected by the Dallas Museum, Centre Pompidou, Moderna Museet, MoMA, New York etc. Books include: “Helden und Geschichten,” Carlsen, 2009; “Ü,” with Dan Graham, OCA, 2009; “24 Artworks,” Shelf, 2010. He is a professor of Fine Art/Performative Art at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden.

The lecture is organised in the context of the ERASMUS teaching exchange programme.

Olav Westphalen with Burning Athens, 2011 - Photo by Maxime Gyselinck - 1

Olav Westphalen with Burning Athens, 2011 - Photo by Maxime Gyselinck - 2