New Methodologies for Marxist Art History

A userpanel on 'New Methodologies for Marxist Art History'

Simon Constantine
Fiona Allen
  University of Leeds
Simon Constantine
Luisa Lorenza Corna
  University of Leeds

Type Pre-Constituted Panel
When Jul 05, 2016
from 11:12 PM to 11:12 PM
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Contact Phone 07712442892
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Over the past decade, there have been various attempts to re-conceptualize Marxist art history for a twenty-first century audience. Whereas some of these projects have chosen to re-read the works of radical art historians and critics, from Meyer Schapiro to T.J. Clark, others have sought to consider how Marxist categories have been deployed within debates on contemporary art; a list which includes alienation, fetishism and social reproduction. Yet despite their obvious differences, these initiatives share a common goal: to counteract the hostility towards historical materialism that emerged during the 1980s. Taking its lead from these lines of enquiry, this panel will seek to propose a series of alternative strategies for writing art history today. Which aspects of the Marxist tradition remain underexplored within the current intellectual climate? To what extent are the concepts employed by art history determined by the works under discussion? How might contemporary Marxist theory allow for a reconsideration of the limits of the discipline?