Call for Papers: The Dimensions of Abstraction
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK, 26 June 2010
The significance of sculpture to the development of abstract art has been greatly overshadowed by the privileged position given to painting in its historiography, represented for example by the priority given to Kandinsky, the extent of whose indebtedness to the Jugendstil design practices he encountered in Obristís turn of the century Munich is still only partially appreciated. This conference provides a unique opportunity then to redress the marginalisation of sculpture in this history by exploring how the concepts associated with abstraction, such as primordiality, the esoteric, empathy, expression and the immaterial were understood from the start in physical, three-dimensional terms.
We invite proposals for 25-minute presentations which address abstraction in sculpture during the span of Obristís career, which began with an encounter with the Arts & Crafts movement in the 1880s and ended during the First World War. We have particular interest in papers that can speak to the interest Obrist had in subjects such as natural history, vitalist philosophy, the psychology of perception and the occult.
Please send 300 word proposals and a short CV to Dr Michael White, University of York, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: 15 February 2010.
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