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Political Values, Market Values, Art Values: The Ethics of American Art in the 1980s

October 30, 2020-October 31, 2020 · via Zoom

Department of Art and Archaeology; University Center for Human Values; Humanities Council; and Program in American Studies

The two-day conference “Political Values, Market Values, Art Values: The Ethics of American Art in the 1980s” will gather scholars from across the United States who are actively engaged in writing the first histories of the period. The event is open to the public and will center around the papers of ten speakers. It will also include a conversation with the artist, Hans Haacke.

Papers address: artworks by David Hammons and Tehching Hsieh as provocations to legal and economic systems of value; the economics of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s canonization; the politics of canonicity in the work of Tim Rollins and K.O.S.; connections and competitions between American and Western European art markets; and postmodernist and feminist critiques of representation by Louise Lawler, Jenny Holzer and Cindy Sherman.

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