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Call for papers: REPRESENTATIONAL ART

The Lady of Shalott 1888: John William Waterhouse 1849-1917

REPRESENTATIONAL ART

OCTOBER 14-17, 2012 – VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

A CONFERENCE FOR ACADEMICS AND PROFESSIONALS

There has been a neglect of critical appreciation of representational art well out of proportion to its quality and significance; it is that neglect that this conference seeks to address. By its nature, 21st century representational art is not to be thought of as simply a return to 19th century realism, but as an open-ended exploration of possible new directions. The conference is planned as a focused but non-doctrinaire event, of serious academic standards. What is the role of representational art in the twenty-first century? What are its sources and directions? How might it shape the art world?

TRAC2012 keynote speakers are: Jed Perl and John Nava.

CALL FOR PAPERS

CLU invites artists, critics and academics to join us to celebrate and explore the direction of representational art in the 21st century. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the positive possibilities of representational art. We encourage inclusivity and diverse perspectives. We welcome papers that explore a variety of topics, including the following:

Meaning in 21st Century Representational art

Representation and imagination

The roots of the 21st century representational art movement

Approaches to beauty in contemporary representation

Idealism

Politics, artists and collectors

Understanding emotional responses to representational art

Breaking the boundaries of style

Gender and sexuality in 21st Century representational art

The place of representational art in a postmodern world

Tradition and revolution – the avant garde atelier

Representational art and new technology

Papers investigating the role of esotericism in representational art of the present and in its roots.

The influence of tarot and alchemical imagery in particular

Paper presentations are limited to forty-five minutes, with ten minutes for questions and answers.

First consideration will be given to abstracts received before May 21st, 2012.

FULL DETAILS:

http://trac2012.org

TRAC2012 includes keynote speakers and panel discussions about the major issues, foundation narratives, and philosophical underpinning of representational art in the 21st Century. Studio demonstrations of painting, drawing, sculpture and mosaic techniques will also be presented.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Academic Studio Artists

Art Historians

Professional Studio Artists

Art Students

Critics

Gallery Professionals

Art Collectors

Museum Professionals

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