100 Years of Abstract Art Conference Program

May 8-11, 2013

ICC Conference Hall, Campus Center
Jacobs University, Bremen
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
13:00 Registration
14:00 Opening of the Conference
Session 1: On the Origins of Abstract Art
14:30-15:00 Charlotte De Mille (University of Sussex/Courtauld)
On the Musical Origins of Abstract Art: Rhythm and Non-Representation
15:00-15:30 Ole W. Fischer (University of Utah)
Nothing Behind the Veil of Truth? Henry van de Velde, Adolf Loos, Hermann Muthesius and the Battle over Abstract Ornament in Modern Architecture
15:30-16:00 Susan Laxton (University of California, Riverside)
The Authority of the “Never-seen”: Photograms and the Advent of Abstract Photography
16:00-16:30 Discussion
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

Session 2: Metaphysical Considerations and Philosophical Reflections
17:00-17:30 Agata Pietrasik (University of Warsaw)
Empathy for Abstraction: Wilhelm Worringer Revisited
17:30-18:00 Ketevan S. Kintsurashvili (Tiblisi, Georgia)
Formalist Theory, Abstract Art, and Clive Bell’s “Knowledge of Three-Dimensional Space”
18:00-18:30 Manfred Milz (University ofSharjah)
“Concrescence of Prehensions”: Whitehead’s ProcessMetaphysics in Robert Motherwell’s Plastic Automatism
18:30-19:00 Discussion
19:30 Opening Reception

 Thursday, May 9, 2013

Session 3: New Perspectives on the Classical Avant-garde
10:00-10:30 Nina Gourianova (Northwestern University)
The Anarchic Vision of Creativity
10:30-11:00 Naomi Hume (Seattle University)
Frantisek Kupka’s Anarchist Colors
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:00 Rose-Carol Washton Long (Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York)
Kandinsky, Anarchism, and the Narrative of Modernism
12:00-12:30 Michael Hoff (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg)
The Opacity of Representation: How to Understand Kandinsky’s Achievements of 1913 from Today’s Perspective
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Anja Baumhoff (Loughborough University)
Abstract Painting – Gender Neutral or Male by Definition? The Cases of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee
14:30-15:00 Daniela Stöppel (LMU, München)
From the Black Square to Traffic Signs: The Functionalization of  Abstract Art in the 1920’s
15:00-15:30 Discussion
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

Session 4:Interculturality and Abstract Art in a Global Perspective
16:00-16:30 Karin Wimmer (LMU, München)
From Automatic Drawing to American Abstract Art: André Masson, Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly
16:30-17:00 Mona Schieren (Hochschule für Künste, Bremen)
“Incorruptible Forms”: The Abstract Work of Agnes Martin
17:00-17:30 Andrew McNamara (QUT, Brisbane)
Evading the Perceptual-Conceptual Divideas a Strategyof Minimal-Conceptual Art in Australia
17:30-18:00 Discussion
18:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-21:00 Evening Lecture (sponsored byVisComX)
Christiane Paul (Whitney Museum/The New School, New York)
Abstract Art in the 21st Century: Encoded Abstractions

Friday, May 10, 2013

Session 5: Post-war Approaches to Abstract Art

10:00-10:30 Franziska Müller (Europa-UniversitätViadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)
Ernst Wilhelm Nay’s“Vom Gestaltwert Der Farbe”: An Exampleof Artistic and Philosophical Conceptsand Cultural and Educational  Policy in Post-war Germany
10:30-11:00 Benjamin Lima (University of Texas, Arlington)
“Informel” Painting as Material: The Case of Gruppe 53
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:00 Natalie Adamson (University of St. Andrews)
Pierre Soulage’s Black Mirrors of Light
12:00-12:30 Esther Levinger (University of Haifa)
Political Action and Abstract Art: The Work of Marc Devade (1970-1983)
12:30-13:00 Discussion
13:00-14:30 LunchSession 6:Abstract Art and the Ideological Battles of the 20th Century
14:30-15:00 Dorothea Schöne (Universität Hamburg)
“Free Artists in Free Berlin”: German-American Support of Art and Culture in Berlin: From the late 1940s to the mid 1950s
15:00-15:30 Elena Korowin (Kunsthochschule Karlsruhe)
Russian Avant-Garde Art as a Means of Cultural Diplomacy between the Soviet Union and West Germany
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:30 Kirill Chunikhin (Jacobs University)
The Representation and Reception af American Art in the USSR during the Cold War
16:30-17:00 Discussion
17:00-20:00  Dinner
20:00-21:00 EveningLecture (sponsored by the Humanities Research Center)
Eli Bornstein (University ofSaskatchewan, Canada)
On the Future of Abstract Art

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Session 7: Abstract Art in the 21st Century
10:00-10:30 Wendy Kelly (Monash University)
What is the Role of Abstraction within the Concerns of Visual Art Language Contemporaneously?
10:30-11:00 Pamela C. Scorzin (Fachhochschule Dortmund)
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:00 Christian Janecke (Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach)
The Legacy of Abstraction in Art in Today’s Photography
12:00-12:30 Birgit Mersmann (Jacobs University)
Digital Abstraction
12:30-13:00 Gordon Monro (Monash University)
The Abstraction of Behaviour
13:00-14:00 Concluding Discussion