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Stewart Martin: Keynote at Art in the Age of Real Abstraction
Saturday, May 10th, 2014 Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre Main Building, University College London

Stewart Martin: Keynote speaker at UCL conference Art in the Age of Real Abstraction

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Main Building,
University College London


Stewart Martin is giving a keynote rpesentation, titled Art-Capacity, at the UCL conference on Art in the Age of Real Abstraction on 10th May 2014.

 

About the Conference:

Historic iterations of abstraction in the visual arts have traditionally been associated with terms such as the non-representational, the non-figurative, and the immaterial, in opposition to a loosely defined concept of realism. In the post-war period, however, both realism and abstraction became unstable concepts, deployed to refer to a range of diverse practices, from Nouveau Realisme to Art Informel to Abstract Expressionism. This conference will rethink the relation between realism and abstraction in the period between 1970 and the contemporary moment. Of particular concern are the impacts of two intersecting events: the advent of Neoliberalism and the dismantling of Modernism in art history.

‘Art in the Age of Real Abstraction’ seeks to investigate contemporary forms of abstraction through the analysis of different modes of representation, affectivity and performativity, drawing lines of continuity and addressing points of ambiguity between post-war abstraction and contemporary iterations. In recent critical discourse reification has been described as both a process of abstraction and as a figural process. On this view ‘Real Abstraction’ might be understood as the becoming-concrete of the abstract. As such ‘real abstraction’ calls for a rethinking of what the terms realism, figuration and abstraction might mean today.