[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. 

The full conference programme will be available in August. For 
further information about the conference and how to register, please 

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