[artinfo] international conference on contemporary painting
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'An Appetite for Painting'
International Conference on Contemporary Painting
19-20 September 2013
National Museum of Norway
Museum of Contemporary Art
Bankplassen 4, Oslo
What has happened to painting over the past ten years and what will
be its future in the next decade?
Speakers: Glenn Barkley, Marlene Dumas, Peter Doig, Gavin Jantjes,
Jittish Kallat, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Analia Saban, Mari
Slaattelid, and Robert Storr
'An Appetite for Painting' will provide insights into the future of
painting. The speakers will discuss the reception and value of
contemporary painting's theoretical positions, practical strategies
and the painter's belief in the medium as a force within culture.
Topics of discussion include:
Painting as a Discursive Practice: Can the visual discursivity of
painting offer ways out of a conceptual and text based
post-modernity? What do paintings communicate about the present that
other media do not?
The Autonomy of Painting: Has the autonomy of painting faltered
through absorption into other forms of practice? Can we speak of pure
painting today and why should we?
Strategies of Collapse: What new approaches to painting will help to
deflate the inflated forces of commerce in the evaluation of painting
and why does it need to do this? Do other tools for the evaluation
and reception of painting in art institutions exist and who owns the
Blunt Formulism or Sharp Radicalism: Painting's resistance to being
pushed to the margins of artistic discourse demonstrates the
painters' conviction to its discursive function. Can this resistance
hone a cutting edge to radical imagery?
The Delight of the Visual: Without recourse to nostalgia, can
painting invest new notions of beauty, harmony, affinity or empathy
into post-modern discourses? Will painting's dual abilities to
re-present reality or point to it through systems of visual
signification satisfy the hunger for painted images?
To Paint in the Face of Doubt: Post-modern theory casts a broad
shadow of doubt over the practice of painting. Painters who have an
appetite for painting confront this doubt with visual imagination to
remove it and secure the autonomy of painting. They are unafraid of
making something sublime.
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