CONF: Reframing Chinese Objects (Heidelberg, 7-8 Dec 18)

Room 212
Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies
Voßstr. 2
69115 Heidelberg

December 7 – 08, 2018

International Workshop “Reframing Chinese Objects: Practices of Collecting and Displaying in Europe and the Islamic World, ca. 1400-1800”

 

Program

Friday, December 7

2:00 pm Welcoming remarks by Prof. Dr. Sarah E. Fraser

2:15 pm
Feng He, From Theatrical to Monumental: Social Spaces and Porcelain Display in Eighteenth-Century Dresden

Muyu Zhou, The Origin of “Golden”: Analysis of Guangcai Porcelain through the Meissen Kiln Continue reading “CONF: Reframing Chinese Objects (Heidelberg, 7-8 Dec 18)”

CFP: Chinese objects and their lives (Paris, 15 Jun 18)

Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales, Inalco, Paris
Deadline: Feb 23, 2018

International workshop organised by the French Association of Chinese Studies (AFEC)

Over the last twenty years, material culture studies have occupied a growing place in the social sciences. These studies are founded on the idea that objects—natural, technical or artistic—can be considered documents for the writing of history, or even as actors in the social sphere, where they are capable of conditioning or transforming human behaviour. Therefore, special attention has been given to the social, economic and material conditions of their production and diffusion, their history and uses, and more broadly to their “biographies” or “social lives” in order to account for their ability to take on different roles in different periods. The relationships that people build with objects that surround them, are created by them, or used and exchanged by them, have been an integral part of the issues confronting historians studying material culture since, at least, the 1960s. Continue reading “CFP: Chinese objects and their lives (Paris, 15 Jun 18)”

New Book: Iain Robertson, Understanding Art Markets (Routledge, 2016)

Iain Robertson, Understanding Art Markets. Inside the World of Art and Business (Routledge, 2016)

red book cover with Uncle Sam, Napoleon, etc. Book by Iain Robertson called 'Understanding Art Markets'

This recently published textbook integrates, updates and enhances the author’s previous books, Understanding International Art Markets (2005) and The Art Business (2008). Part I (’Technical and Structural Mechanisms’), looks at defining issues such as underlying legal and ethical questions or the structure of commodity markets. The book’s central section (Part II, ’The Markets for Art’) surveys the structures of today’s art markets – notably those for old masters, impressionist, modern and contemporary art – but also provides fascinating vistas of the art markets of previous centuries. Part II also includes an illuminating chapter on Chinese Art – a must read for those wishing to gain a better understanding of the underlying values that define the art market in China today. Finally, part III considers ‚external factors‘ such as aspects of art investment, or the roles of the state and the museums. ‚In claiming that the international art market reflects us, Iain Roberson holds up a mirror every bit as beguiling as Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray‘ (Alistair Hicks, Author of The Global Art Compass: New Directions in 21st Century Art). – Iain Robertson is Head of Art Business Studies at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and a TIAMSA member.