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UAAC 2020 Session: "The Price of Everything: Commerce, Aesthetics, and the 'Value' of Contemporary Art"
In recent years, the conversation around contemporary art, and how it is “valued,” has been set against the backdrop of public scandal and spectacle. Media coverage of record prices attained at art auctions, the global expansion of branded art fairs, and protests surrounding museum trustees and donors connected to conflicting interests, co-mingle with viral art world news stories that spark great public debate, such as the shredded Banksy performance at Sotheby’s London in 2018; the Maurizio Cattelan banana piece and aftermath at Art Basel last year; or closer to home, the controversies surrounding Rodney Graham’s public art work Spinning Chandelier funded by a luxury condo developer in Vancouver. This panel seeks to examine the broader and critical dimensions of this issue and calls for presentations that explore, whether through specific case study or theory-based examination, the contours and stakes around how contemporary art is “valued,” collected, and given meaning in the current climate.
Chairs: Dorothy Barenscott | Lara Tomaszewska
Kwantlen Polytechnic University | Openwork Art Advisory
Universities Art Association of Canada 2020 Conference ONLINE: https://uaac-aauc.com/conference/
Submissions welcomed from art historians, researchers, curators, art advisors, and artists, and those engaged in interdisciplinary research related to the business of art. Email submissions must be emailed to both Chairs and include:
- Title of proposal and a proposal (300 words maximum)
- A brief biography (150 words maximum)
- The name of the applicant
- The applicant’s email address
- The applicant’s institutional affiliation and rank
Submission deadline: July 31, 2020