CFP: Biography, Psychology and Identity in Abstract Art
The proposed session would be a forum for alternative approaches to studying abstraction, including biographical content, psychological expression, and the influence of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and cultural origin. Much abstract art originated as a bold new way of conveying the spiritual and searching for the ultimate meaning of life, often through the use of ideas drawn from Theosophy, Neoplatonism, mysticism, Nietzsche, and shamanism. Over the years, studies of abstract art have usually dealt with formalist achievements, social and historical context, and the influence of spiritualism and mysticism. I am looking for new scholarship that examines how the personal and psychological backgrounds of artists and their cultural identities and origins have influenced or been expressed in their work, and have effected style, subjects, and meaning. In recent years, scholarship exploring abstract art among African-Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Eastern Europeans, untrained or “outsider” artists, and the art of the incarcerated and mentally ill has broadened our perspective of abstract art.
Contact: Herbert R. Hartel, Jr., John Jay College, CUNY, Hartel70@aol.com, 212-237-8023
2010 Joint Meeting of SECAC and MACAA, Oct. 20-23, 2010, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
For more information about the conference and other panels and CFPs, visit SECAC website at www.secac.org.
Submit proposals for papers (500 words maximum) and proposal submission form by e-mail or regular mail.
You can obtain the submission form at www.curiouser.vcu.edu or www.secollegeart.org/annual-conference.html.
Herbert R. Hartel, Jr., Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History
Department of Art & Music
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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