News: Reframing the (Art) World. Commitment, Challenges and Crises of International Art Criticism since 1945

The international conference Reframing the (Art) World/Redéfinir le monde (de l’art) will be held in Rennes, at the Université Rennes 2, Campus Villejean, on October 11-12,  2018.
The conference is organised by Antje Kramer-Mallordy, in collaboration with the research network of the PRISME programme.

The international conference Reframing the (Art) World/Redéfinir le monde (de l’art) aims at concluding an intense three-year research carried out within the frame of the multidisciplinary research programme PRISME, hosted at the Archives de la critique d’art (Archives of Art Criticism in Rennes). The programme does not only consider art criticism within the scope of aesthetic discourse, but also as a field for debates on contemporary society. The programme started from a thorough work of processing and analyzing the archives of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). The point was to identify the international players and networks of art criticism during the second half of the 20th century, as well as to examine the way they addressed major issues of society during their debates and within their writings. 

The archives – inseparable from the context of the Cold War, decolonization, and burgeoning globalization – reveal art critics as intermediaries and influent public players, not only in the “Art Worlds” as described through the interactionist sociology by Howard Becker, but in the world outside of art as well.

The aim of this conference is to reframe a still little-known chapter of cultural history, in order to reconsider art criticism as a historical and epistemological prism in regard to international issues since the second half of the XXth century.

You can download the full programme of the conference here

Image caption and credits
1st AICA International extraordinary congress, Brazil, 1959. 
© Aviation News Pictures, fonds Sweeney [FR ACA AICAI PRE SWE009], Inha – Collection Archives de la critique d’art.