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The Fall 2021 Colloquium | Evolution of Art Criticism
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The Fall 2021 Colloquium | Evolution of Art Criticism




The Korean Society of Art Theories (KSAT) is pleased to announce the Fall 2021 Colloquium to be held as an online event on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021. The theme of this year’s KSAT Colloquia is art criticism. Following the Spring 2021 Colloquium | Pedigree of Art Criticism, which traced the concepts and roles of art criticism from the past to the present, the Fall 2021 Colloquium | Evolution of Art Criticism seeks to explore contemporary art criticism’s diverse possibilities suggested in previous discussions. Those who wish to speak at the Colloquium are invited to submit applications pursuant to the guidelines described in this announcement.


Evolution of Art Criticism


The forms, contents, subjects, and scopes of critical writings on artwork have varied with the passage of time from the ancient era to the present as well as across different geographical regions ranging from Asia to Europe. These temporal and geographical variations reflect the cultural traits and intellectual traditions specific to each period and each locale. Critical writings on artwork in varying forms and modes have evolved over time throughout the world. Examples are found in 18th century leaflets that criticized Paris Salon, Joseon Dynasty period poems and letters critiquing artwork, 20th century museum exhibition catalogues, magazines published by independent groups of artists and critics, and book reviews on Critical writings may also take the form of a philosophical note, a scholarly paper, a newspaper or magazine article, or a blog post. They collectively demonstrate how the forms and modes of art criticism have evolved. Art criticism is now bound with methodologies derived from psychoanalysis, formal analysis, feminism, postmodernism, satirical devices, and the like, allowing it to be regarded as an independent sphere separate from art creation and art market making while closely interacting with them. On the other hand, today’s art criticism has become an open forum where the public can share their artistic feelings and experiences alongside the art critics who lead formal discourses and the museum curators who put forth new perspectives. Some even say that art criticism approaches a state of chaos under a deluge of online reviews and information, which may be characterized as the state of “proletarianization.”


Against this backdrop, KSAT organizes the Fall 2021 Colloquium under the title of “Evolution of Art Criticism.” Interpreting art criticism broadly as critical writings on art, we seek to introduce research works of diverse perspectives regarding the evolutionary changes in the concept, form, methodology, and context of art criticism as well as the state of contemporary art criticism. We anticipate participation by many researchers who have an interest in these topics.





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Important Dates


Deadline for application submission: Monday, June 8th, 2021

Announcement of selected speakers: Monday, June 22nd, 2021

Paper submission for selected speakers: Monday, September 28th, 2021

Presentation by selected speakers (online): Saturday, October 2nd, 2021             


Publication of Presented Papers


Selected speakers are advised to submit their papers for publication in Art Theory and Practice, Vol. 32 (to be published on December 31st, 2021) no later than October 30th, 2021. Art Theory and Practice is the journal of the Korean Society of Art Theories (KSAT), which is published semiannually in June and December every year and registered with KCI. KSAT members are invited to contribute their research papers or practice-related articles on various topics to Art Theory and Practice. For details, please refer to the KSAT homepage or navigate to


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