Conférence donnée par Nicole Kong, Catherine Dossin et Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel dans le cadre du colloque "Global art history and the peripheries", organisé par le Artl@s project à l'ENS.
Taking Michel Espagne’s work on Cultural Transfers, Christophe Charle’s serial and comparative approach to history, and Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann’s focus on the geo-history of art, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel and Catherine Dossin propose to write a geopolitical history of modern and contemporary art. The Geopolitical approach as they define it is grounded in the study of circulations and transfers, the distant reading of serial data, the interpretation of geo-historical context, and the analysis of case studies.
In this essay, they reflect on their respective work and show how a geopolitical approach not only challenges the modernist narrative of 19th and 20th century Western art, but also our understanding of the very structure and workings of the modern art world. Joyeux-Prunel and Dossin demonstrate that the artistic centers have never been as central and powerful as the literature presents them ; that the so-called peripheries are in fact the true agents and places of the modernist internationalization ; and that the domination of the artistic centers was the result of convoluted transfers involving adaptation, transformation, and even production-based mistakes. The Twentieth century can therefore be regarded as the German Century.
Ultimately, Joyeux-Prunel and Dossin argue for a geopolitical history of modernism that pays close attention to the interaction between artistic and social logics, and international problematics, because art exists in a continuous back and forth between the individual and the social, the local and the global, the national and the transnational.
Catherine Dossin is an art historian. Originally from France she received a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an assistant professor at Purdue University, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Her research is rooted in historiography and geopolitics with an emphasis on transnational dialogues. She is currently working on a history of the reception of American art in postwar Europe. She is the President of the European Post-War and Contemporary Art Forum (ECAF) and the co-editor of the Artl@s Bulletin.Cliquer ICI pour fermer
Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel is an associate professor in History of Modern and Contemporary Art at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris. Her research focuses on the history of the avant-garde and artistic internationalisation, as well as on methodology in art history. Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel is also interested in quantitative and cartographic methods. She founded Artl@s in 2009 and coordinates the project and its funding by the Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ANR), within the Institut d’Histoire moderne et contemporaine (IHMC) and the TransferS Labex. Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel teaches at the École Normale Superieure, Paris, and supervises M.A. theses on artistic circulations (painting, sculpture, theater, cinema). She also represents France in the "Art and Cartography" commission of the International Cartographic Association.Cliquer ICI pour fermer
Nicole Kong is an assistant professor and a Geographic Information Systems Specialist. She works at Purdue University Libraries.Cliquer ICI pour fermer
Dernière mise à jour : 01/10/2013