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Apocalyptic Conjunctures: The Weather of Art History

Conference, Lecture – Andrew Patrizio

  • 22 October 2020
  • 4:00 – 5:30 pm
  • An event as part of the multi-part conference programme 'British Art and Natural Forces'
    Keynote paper by Andrew Patrizio
  • Zoom Webinar

Format: 45 mins talk followed by Q&A and discussion

Chair: Mark Hallett (Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre)

Speaker: Andrew Patrizio

This wide-ranging paper will consider Herbert Read's anarchistic views of the 1940s as a pivotal moment, that drew on radically organic and romantic political models of the past but pointed towards the multiple kinds of approaches available to art historians today, as they work alongside others in an expanded environmental humanities movement. The paper will attempt to offer useful methodological approaches captured within an historical context, where the apocalyptic presence of World War Two, the subsequent nuclear threat, and today's climate collapse give ecological possibilities in art history new urgency.

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About the speaker

  • Andrew Patrizio holds the Chair of Scottish Visual Culture at the University of Edinburgh. He teaches and writes in main two areas: firstly, on Scottish post-1945 art – writing texts for artists and exhibitions since the late 1980s; and secondly, on ecological artists, themes and methods, represented most fully in his book The Ecological Eye: Assembling an Ecocritical Art History (Manchester University Press, 2019). Other writing and curatorial projects include: Art Unlimited: Multiples of the 1960s and 1990s from the Arts Council Collection (1994); Contemporary Scottish Sculpture (1999); Giuseppe Penone (1999/2000); Stefan Gec (2002); Anatomy Acts (2006 and winner of the Medical Book of the Year from the Royal Society of Medicine); Ilana Halperin: STEINE (Berlin, 2012, co-curated with Sara Barnes); The Scottish Endarkenment: Art and Unreason 1945 to the Present (co-curated with Bill Hare); he has recently published two book chapters on Scottish artists Christine Borland and Ilana Halperin. Prior to his academic career, he had curatorial posts at the Hayward Gallery, London and Glasgow museums. He is currently on the Little Sparta Trust (Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden), Editorial Board of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews and is a founding member of the European Forum for Advanced Practices.