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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Panels Galore: Tonight it’s Sickert at the Studio School or “Size Matters” at FIT


Panel Discussions in New York City, Tuesday February 26

Walter Richard Sickert, High Steppers, 1938-39.  Courtesy of National Galleries of Scotland

Walter Richard Sickert, High Steppers, 1938-39. Courtesy of National Galleries of Scotland

It’s the usual story: New Yorkers are spoilt for choice. All the goodies are lined up before them and they don’t know where to settle their seats, let alone their gazes.

Just like the ogling audience of the Plaza Tiller Girls (London’s equivalent of the Rockettes) in Walter Richard Sickert’s High Steppers, 1938-39. Sickert is the subject of a panel discussion at the New York Studio School, moderated by Deborah Rosenthal with artists Simon Carr and Mari Lyons, and artcritical.com editor David Cohen. Rosenthal included the anthology of Sickert’s writings put together by Osbert Sitwell, A Free House, in a series of reissues of classic artists’ writings in the Arcade imprint that she edits. The panel promises to address issues of Sickert’s controversial oeuvre such as the relative quality of his late work and the literary nature of his work.

But over at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Hrag Vartanian, editor of Hyperallergic, is the moderator of a panel put together by students of the MA in Art Market studies. The students’ chosen theme: Size Matters. Is spectacular art the new “ism” is the question put to dealer Gavin Brown, critic Roberta Smith, and artists Peter Halley and KAWS.


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