CFP: The Art Collector

From H-Museum:

Call for Papers

The Art Collector: Between Philanthropy and Self-Glorification
Groningen, Netherlands
5 - 6 June 2008

Whether we consider Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, the Young British Artists or any other 'discovered' artist, in most cases private collectors have played a pivotal role in their breakthrough.

Philanthropy and the love of art appear to be the driving forces behind collecting. However, perhaps less elevated motives are just as influential in the establishment of collections. Are collectors not driven by a need to display status and taste and in the process to immortalize their name? In short, are they not mainly driven by self-glorification?

In addition to studying the often peculiar methods, motives and merits of collecting over time, the conference has a broader aim. By exploring the possibilities of interdisciplinary and comparative research we hope to re-energize debate and encourage academic research into the field of collecting.

The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 1 February 2008.


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Sponsored by: University of Groningen, Institute of Biography


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