Vienna, 27-29 Sept 2018 – TIAMSA’s Second Annual Conference, “Art for the People?” hosted by the Belvedere, the Dorotheum and Vienna University’s Department of Art History.
Our second annual conference will be held in Vienna this autumn. With its extraordinary cultural institutions and a thriving local art market, the city provides a great venue for this event hosted by three distinguished institutions. The conference will begin with two special tours – one of Vienna Contemporary, Austria’s International Art Fair, the other of the Belvedere Research Center – followed by a round table discussion organized in cooperation with the ‘Vienna Contemporary’ fair. Day two will find us convening at Belvedere21, the museum’s venue for contemporary art, concluding with a keynote lecture by Payal Arora (University of Rotterdam). The last day will be held at the magnificent Palais Dorotheum, the world’s oldest auction house (est. 1707) located in Vienna’s historic centre. The conference will be complemented by the launch of TIAMSA legal and our Annual General Meeting on 29 September. The programme and information on how to register may be found here. TIAMSA members go FREE!
New York City, 13-16 February 2019 – The Studio as Market (Chaired by Julie Codell) – TIAMSA-Session at the CAA (College Art Association) Conference (Call for papers open until 6 August, see below)
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 the latter into sites that combined a presumed mysterious creative energy with economic exchange while purposely misapprehending economic considerations. This session will explore how artists – facing dwindling church and aristocratic patronage from the eighteenth century on – 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. To submit a proposal please follow the instructions on the CAA conference proposal form, then e-mail the form together with your 250-word abstract and a brief 2-page CV by 6 August to firstname.lastname@example.org.