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Mon, 30 Jul 2018 03:28:26 +0000
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liquid blackness research group founding members Alessandra Raengo and Lauren Cramer will be chairing a session at CAA (New York, February 13-16, 2019) on Blue Black: Color and Abstraction in the Contemporary Moment

Part of a renewed interest in the concept of abstraction within a critique of the demands of realism and a reassessment of traditional historiography on the Black Arts Movement, Modernism, and color painting, Adrienne Edwards’s show Blackness in Abstraction for Pace Gallery (2016) and Darby English’s book 1971: A Year in the Life of Color (2017) have brought new attention to the relationship between abstraction and the “artifactuality” of color—the tension between “color’s racial connotations and its aesthetics meanings” (English). In a similar vein, shows such as Gray Matters at the Wexner Center for the Arts (2017), and Blue Black (curated by Glenn Ligon), at the Pulitzer Art Foundation (2017) further explore the materiality and the mediality of the monochrome. Yet, whether black is a color, as Raymond Saunders polemically stated in 1967, is still an open question. It is so, regardless of whether it is explored through or as space, as David Hammons did in Concerto in Black and Blue (2002) by harnessing what Noam Elcott describes as “artificial darkness”— or whether “black” is a condition best explored through its effects: as Edwards asks, “what does it mean to black an object and what is it that a black object does?” This panel seeks to intervene in this multifaceted conversation still divided between those who conceive of color as always racially innocent and those who don’t; those who believe abstraction will always fail to convey the truth of the black experience and those who find it a more effective tool for progressive politics. Thus, it invites contributions that address the “color theory,” broadly conceived, implicit in contemporary scholarship and artistic and curatorial practice invested in the complex relationship between blackness and abstraction.

Please note that, for this particular session, we are committed to giving preference to contemporary art (which might include lens-based installation art). We also welcome the contribution from artists/curators working in this mode.

Due to sessions chairs on August 6:

  *   Paper/Project/Presentation Abstracts 250 words maximum (Word Doc)
  *   Email explaining your interest, expertise, and availability
  *   Shortened CV (close to 2 pages)
  *   (Required) Current CAA membership through February 16, 2019
  *   (Optional) Documentation of work being discussed

Please, list chair(s) and titles of other sessions you have submitted to from the 2019 Call for Participation. Session chairs must be aware of all your current submissions:
If your Individual paper/project submission for 2019 was accepted, please list the ID# and title

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