CFP: Art for the People? Questioning the Democratization of the Art Market – Second TIAMSA Conference (Vienna, 27-29 Sept, 18)

 Art for the People?
Questioning the Democratization of the Art Market

(c) Pablo Helguera, http://openengagement.info/36-pablo-helguera/, 2014

2nd Conference
TIAMSA ­­– The International Art Market Studies Association
Vienna, 27-29 September 2018

In Cooperation with:
Belvedere Research Center, Vienna University – Department of Art History, and Dorotheum

Apply by April 15, 2018

The art world and the market have traditionally been the domain of the elites and have thrived on exclusivity. However, the art world has arguably become much more democratic in recent years thanks to the digital revolution, the inclusion of emerging economies in the world art market system, and the vastly improved access to art and information. The price histories of works of art can nowadays easily be reconstructed using online databases; the threshold for art buying is significantly lowered by online sales platforms; and new buyers in emerging economies are making the art market much less Western-oriented. Moreover, an ever broader range of artworks in different price categories has put (fine) art within reach of the middle classes across the globe. At the same time, art institutions such as museums are under tremendous pressure to be less exclusive. Some of these democratizing tendencies are of course not new. For instance, publishing houses in Europe started disseminating prints on a massive scale already in the sixteenth century, thereby enabling larger segments of the population to acquire images. Continue reading “CFP: Art for the People? Questioning the Democratization of the Art Market – Second TIAMSA Conference (Vienna, 27-29 Sept, 18)”

CFP: New Voices 2017-18: Art and Movement (Birmingham, 11 Jan 18)

Call for Papers
Art and Movement

University of Birmingham, January 11, 2018
Association for Art History
Deadline: September 4, 2017

Keynote speaker: Professor Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

Whether moved by force, trade or choice, art and artists rarely remain static. In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in particular, globalised systems of travel, communication, and trade have meant that art and the art world, including artists, curators and dealers, are perceptively more mobile. Yet, artists have always moved in response to the availability of work and materials, or for cultural and educational opportunities. Artists have also long depicted people or objects in movement, from paintings of the flight into Egypt to contemporary installations of the belongings of refugees.

‘New Voices: Art and Movement’ will give postgraduate and doctoral researchers an opportunity to discuss the topic of art and movement and to address persistent historical, contextual, and conceptual questions.

  • How did art participate in or resist the creation of our globalised world, and how has that system impacted the creation and reception of art?
  • How can the development of systems and networks for the circulation of art be traced historically?
  • What can the movement of art tell us about specific works of art or cultural, political, economic and social contexts?
  • In what way does the form of an object reflect its movements or movability?
  • How and why has movement been represented through the ages?

The time has perhaps never been more apt to question the way art travels and moves, or the way movement influences the production, curation and reception of art. We welcome contributions from all periods that address the theme. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Representations of movement or its impact on a work of art’s function and form
  • The lives and work of artists abroad, including immigrants, expatriates and refugees
  • Networks of trade and circulation
  • The impact of globalisation on the production of art, its curation and the art market
  • The restitution of art and cultural objects
  • Non-movement, i.e. art or artists that resist or are denied movement

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20-minute papers along with a 150-word biographical note to artmovement2018@gmail.com by 4 September 2017. The submission of abstracts is open to postgraduate researchers (master’s and doctoral) of all related disciplines; attendance is open to all.
For more details, see: www.forarthistory.org.uk

For this year’s New Voices we have affiliated with a related conference at the University of Birmingham. This conference, entitled ‘Art on the Move – Mobility in the Long Nineteenth Century‘, will be held over two days following New Voices. Attendees and contributors to New Voices are encouraged to attend, although they are separate events and admission is charged separately. For more information please visit: https://artonthemove19.wordpress.com/

Source: CFP: New Voices 2017-18: Art and Movement (Birmingham, 11 Jan 18). In: H-ArtHist, Jul 11, 2017.