Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Talk with Dr James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art, University of York

On Thursday 21 May Dr James Boaden, Lecturer in History of Art at the University of York, will deliver the fifth and penultimate edition of the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Lunchtime Talks at York St Mary’s. Join Boaden from 12.30pm for a discussion on the language of film and the relationship between art and moving image, experimental film culture and visual communications. This special event will be an excellent opportunity to discover the high standard of film and video works featured in this year’s prize.

An expert on American art from the mid-20th century, Boaden’s research looks at the crossover between experimental film culture and the art world during that period. Boaden has a particular interest in the legacy of Surrealist practice within American art made at mid-century and in 2008-2009 he was the research associate on the project AHRC funded project Queer Surrealism within the Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies at the University of Manchester.

In 2014, Boaden presented a talk on film as part of last year’s Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition events. Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine in partnership with York Museums Trust, the Aesthetica Art Prize offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. Now in its eighth year, the Prize is an internationally acclaimed award that recognises excellence in contemporary art from around the world awarding £5,000 to the winner, courtesy of Hiscox.

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, Free Lunchtime Talk with Dr James Boaden, 12.30pm, 21 May, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York YO1 9RN.

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1. Matt Parker. Still from The Cloud is more Air than Water. 2014Shortlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015. Courtesy of the artist.