Expanded Masterclass redefines the spatial and conceptual scope of the traditional masterclass using an array of physical and scenographic components, protocols of use and transmission, in diverse locations around Barcelona and online. This cabinet at Eina Idea invites, once a year, a world-class senior practitioner to share core ideas of her work, as well as objects and archival material on display before, during, and after the workshop sessions.
First guest artist: Ian Wallace
For the first iteration of this cabinet, artist and art historian Ian Wallace. Born in Shoreham, England, in 1943, and based in Vancouver since his childhood, Wallace is a major reference in conceptual painting, as well as a founding figure of the Vancouver School alongside such renowned artists as Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall, Ken Lum, Stan Douglas, and others, who were all former students of Wallace at the University of British Columbia and Emily Carr University. His internationally acclaimed, conceptual practice of photography and painting has been the subject of multiple solo presentations since the late 1960s, including two retrospectives at the Vancouver Art Gallery (in 1987 and 2012) and a touring show co-organized in 2008 by Witte de With, Rotterdam, Kunsthalle Zurich, and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, alongside dozens of solo exhibitions in European and American galleries. Wallace is also a recognized figure in the art academia, and has received honorary titles such as Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, University of British Columbia, and Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS GET:
- Direct interaction with a fundamental artist of the contemporary times and a recognized mentor of several generations of globally-acclaimed practitioners.
- Opportunity to participate in an intensive, curated analysis of unique archival material from MACBA as well as Wallace’s personal library.
- Gain key insight on the way art history is made through the combined perspective of discourse and artworks
SINGULARITIES OF THIS PROJECT:
- Real, first-hand insight on a unique path of renowned art experience
- Practical and theoretical dialectics
- Familiarity with key concepts in conceptual art, cultural theory, and archival practices
- Application of art-historical concepts, especially concerning painting and photography histories