CFP: CAA Session, The Studio as Market (New York City, February 13 – 16, 2019)

The Studio as Market

CAA 2019 – Call for Participation

Julie Codell

Artists’ studios have been the site of workshops, collaboration, promotion, mystery, and myth, at times considered a hallowed space, at other times a disreputable one. They have also been the places of social, political, and economic transactions that shape aesthetic values. In the studio artists self-fashioned their social status and promoted their works. They invited critics, dealers, and patrons into their studios turning studios into sites that combined a presumed mysterious creative energy with economic exchange while purposely misapprehending economic considerations. This session will explore how artists from the eighteenth century on under dwindling church and aristocratic patronage strategically entered the “free” market by using their studios to promote and sell works in conjunction with creating marketable public identities to engage buyers and generate symbolic capital for their name and their work.  Topics can include: the nature and function of the studio in the free market, artists’ strategies to both engage in economic activities and misrecognize economics in the studio, the studio as a site of conflicts over agency in overlapping aesthetic and economic transactions or as an exhibitionary site to display the creative process itself, the studio’s combined production and reception functions, among other topics.

Please send a 250-word abstract (Chicago Manual of Style), using the CAA conference proposal form (see CAA, p. 42 of the following .pdf ),  and a brief 2-page CV by August 6,  to

Julie F. Codell
Professor, Art History
Barrett Honors College Faculty

Affiliate Faculty: Film and Media Studies, English, Women and Gender Studies, Center for Asian Research, Center for the Study of Film, Media and Popular Culture

School of Art MC1505
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-1505