I had hoped to organize a painting panel for the next CAA Conference (Jered Sprecher and Rebecca Morris were among the painters I had invited to participate), but time got away from me, and I missed the deadline to submit the proposal. However, the conference is in New York this year, and two painting-specific panels have been included in the schedule, so perhaps Two Coats readers will consider contributing papers and presentations. The conference convenes February 13–16, 2013, and I'm looking forward to hosting ArtExchange with Tim Nolan.
Reframing Painting: A Call for a New Critical Dialogue
Session chairs: Brian Bishop, Framingham State University; and Lance Winn, University of Delaware. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
This session addresses the need to reframe the dialogue around contemporary painting without relying on exhausted critical approaches applied to it over the last half century. A language of process, it need not mirror the modernist function of painting practice or lead to another reified definition. While definitions of painting may not be able to freely detach from the physical object or processes the painter engages in, any teleological or ontological examination of painting within contemporary art simply sidesteps the critical examination of what painting is capable of speaking of and to. How can we talk about this multifaceted discipline without relying on the aforementioned approaches or rehashing modernist-era endgames, which inevitably devolve into a debate about medium specificity, leading to a fundamentalist definition and defense of painting’s value? This call for a new approach thinking about painting should not be confused as a manifesto for painting’s vitality—that is not the issue. Papers should strive to identify a novel and historically unburdened manner to talk about specific qualities, methodologies, and ideas inherent in the discipline.
Studio Art Open Session
Painting: The Elastic Frontier
Anna Kunz, Columbia College Chicago, firstname.lastname@example.org
This session will present the various ways in which the practice of painting extends from the rectangle to sculptural forms, installation, and new media.
Instructions to submit a proposal
Proposals for participation in sessions should be sent directly to the appropriate session chair(s). If a session is co-chaired, a copy should be sent to each chair, unless otherwise indicated. Every proposal should include the following five items:
1. Completed session participation proposal form, located at the end of the brochure [download the brochure here].
2. Preliminary abstract of one to two double-spaced, typed pages.
3. Letter explaining speaker’s interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA membership status.
4. CV with home and office mailing addresses, email address, and phone and fax numbers. Include summer address and telephone number, if applicable.
5. Documentation of work when appropriate, especially for sessions in which artists might discuss their own work.
Note: CAA membership is required to participate, participation is limited to one session, and the deadline to submit an abstract is May 4, 2012.
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