CFP: On Criticism (London, 23 Nov 18)

Royal Central School of Drama and Speech
University of London
November 23, 2018

Deadline: Sep 24, 2018

On Criticism

The cry of criticism in crisis has recently gained a new momentum. In the early 2000s, writers like Noël Carroll, Rónán McDonald, and James Elkins attempted to capture the climate of literary criticism. In his book What Happened to Art Criticism (2003) the critic and art historian Elkins wrote about the tension that operates between a mode of descriptive reviewing, on the one hand, and of critical evaluation on the other. He claimed that ‘descriptive criticism begs the question of what criticism is by making it appear that there is no question’ (p. 42). He made this statement before the mushrooming of online publishing began to democratise the field of art criticism, while simultaneously expanding it due to the increasing numbers of art writing finding a way to being (self)published. Continue reading “CFP: On Criticism (London, 23 Nov 18)”

Lecture series: The art market of today: Its actors and their fields of work (Cologne, 19 Oct 17-18 Jan 18)

The art market of today: Its actors and their fields of work

Concept: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck

Institute for Art History
University of Cologne
9 October 17-18 January 18

The lectures start at 5:45 pm in auditorium E (Hörsaalgebäude). They are given in German.

The lecture series is open to all.  They are free of charge and registration is not required.

As part of the multi-term spanning series Art market: Research – fields of work – interdisciplinary dialogue, the lecture series is decidedly practice-oriented in this term, after the focus lay on the subject area research in the last two winter terms. Established experts from practical areas of the art market (i.a. auctioneers, art trade/gallery, art insurance, art logistics) will provide an insight into history, work flows and duties of their everyday working life. At the same time, they will address the specific challenges in their branch.

Selected talks will be recorded and published subsequent to the lectures. For more information on the lecture series, the focus on art market studies and other projects of the junior professorship for art history and art market, please visit

…the homepage of the Department for Art History:

…the scientific blog:

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nadine Oberste-Hetbleck, Jun.-Prof. für Kunstgeschichte und Kunstmarkt, University of Cologne, Department for Art History,

Reference: ANN: Lecture series: The Art Market of Today (Cologne, 19 Oct 17-18 Jan 18). In:, Oct 10, 2017. <>.

FIT Art Market Panel: The Map Is Not The Territory, 9 Feb, NY

The Map is Not the Territory: Globalism in the New York Art World  will explore the way global contemporary art — including work from previously overlooked regions — is presented in institutional and commercial settings.

Museum exhibitions and acquisitions, academic scholarship and art criticism, and gallery and auction house sales increasingly reflect an expanded geography. What challenges and opportunities does this new global consciousness present?

Jason Farago (US art critic for the Guardian)
Touria El Glaoui (Founder, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair)
Sara Raza (Guggenheim UBS Map Curator, Middle East and North Africa)
Allan Schwartzman (Founder, Art Agency, Partners and Chairman, Fine Art Division, Sotheby’s)

Free and open to the public
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CFP: Old Masters Worldwide (apply by Feb 1, 2017)

A Worldwide Market for Old Masters between the Napoleonic Era and the Great Depression

Edited by Susanna Avery-Quash and Barbara Pezzini

Call for Book Chapters; Deadline: Feb 1, 2017

We are soliciting chapter abstracts for an edited collection with the provisional title of: A Worldwide Market for Old Masters between the Napoleonic Era and the Great Depression. The volume will be an edited collection of around 15 essays, each of 6-7,000 words plus footnotes with up to 5 illustrations. It is envisaged that the collection will be part of the Oxford University Press series on the History of Collecting, edited by Christina Anderson and Peter Stewart.

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