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Expression and Sensibility. Art Technological Sources at the Rise of Modernity

Tuesday 28 June 2016 (Categories: Art Technological Source Research)

The 7th symposium of the ICOM-CC Working Group on Art Technological Source Research will be held at the State Academy of Fine Art and Design in Stuttgart from 10-11 November 2016.

The focus of this meeting will be to reflect on the artistic process as manifested in visual and written sources between 1850 and 1940, the time of Early Modern Art. This period is characterized by completely new artistic ideas and conceptions as well as the introduction of a wide range of new products such as tube paints, synthetic organic pigments, etc. Artists and art academies reacted to these developments by creating innovative artistic techniques and by re-introducing technical concepts, some of which came from non-European civilizations or were considered obsolete by established institutions. The reflection on art technological sources from the medieval period or Antiquity and the introduction of technical departments at the academies are typical implications of this development.

Papers presented at the symposium will investigate sources that deal with the process of making Early Modern Art, asking what the studio practice may tell us with regard to the artists’ concept. These sources include artist’s treatises, letters, workshop notes, catalogues and journals as well as visual sources such as photographs, architectural plans and other representations of studios or production sites.

Website of the Art Technological Source Research Interim Meeting

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