Lucian Freud, Interior with Hand Mirror
Lucian Freud, Interior with Hand Mirror (Self-Portrait), 1967. Private collection. © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

ICRA Announces Details on its Fourth Annual Conference: ‘Legacy: The Artist’s View’

Lucian Freud, Interior with Hand Mirror
Lucian Freud, Interior with Hand Mirror (Self-Portrait), 1967. Private collection. © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

The International Catalogue Raisonné Association (ICRA) is pleased to announce details of its fourth Annual Conference titled Legacy: The Artist’s View. The one-day event will be held on Thursday 1 December 2022 from 9.30am (GMT) at The Lavery Studio, Cromwell Place in London and will be streamed live to a global audience.
 
The keynote speaker will be Edmund de Waal and there will becontributions from artists Dame Rachel Whiteread DBE and Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE RA. There will also be conversations between the children of artists, Nick Willing (son of Paula Rego & Victor Willing) and Ben Bowling (son of Sir Frank Bowling OBE RA), the grandchildren of artists, Saskia Spender (Arshile Gorky) and Daniel Hug (László Moholy-Nagy), as well as others whose work is to shape legacy, including museum curators and catalogue raisonné authors.
 
This conference gives artists centre stage to articulate their thoughts on legacy. The artist’s voice can be lost over time and ICRA seeks to redress that in this forum by giving a free and open space to artists to facilitate unique conversations about the importance – or indeed lack thereof – of legacy to the artist. Pre-eminent artists Edmund De Waal, Dame Rachel Whiteread and Sir Michael Craig-Martin will share their views with the audience.
 
The conference will also focus on artists’ families who have assumed the responsibility of their relatives’ legacy. Their privileged relationship with the artist can carry risks, which may or may not serve the legacy. Saskia Spender and Daniel Hug will discuss how they mediate between their grandparents’ time and the current one in their quest to maintain the artists’ resonance and currency. Ben Bowling and Nick Willing will compare the challenges they face to meet the demands of shaping their parents’ legacies where the emotional tie is stronger, as is perhaps the need to efface their own selves in the process.
 
In a non-familial context, Rachel Churner, Director of the Carolee Schneemann Foundation, will discuss how performance art can fit the parameters of immortality. Throughout the conference, the topic of the catalogue raisonné and how it both contributes to, and reinforces, an artist’s legacy will be interwoven into the discussions.
 
Teresa Krasny, Chair of ICRA elaborates: ‘We are thrilled to have such an illustrious line-up of artists and artists’ family members to unpick this notion of the Artist’s Legacy and its many forms, one of which being the catalogue raisonné, of course. We look forward to a lively coming together of the ICRA community after two years of virtual conferences.’
 
To better accommodate a global audience, the event will also be filmed and streamed live on Zoom. Tickets for the conference cost from £150 to attend online or £250 to attend in person and are available from icra.art, or by clicking this link. There is a discounted rate for ICRA members. The ticket price is waived for students and the unemployed (online tickets only). The conference’s full programme including a list of speakers will be accessible on the website in due course.

The conference is sponsored by Phillips Fiduciary Services, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Navigating.art and Constantine Cannon LLP.

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