2011 College Art Association Annual Conference, New York

Business Meeting

The 2011 Business Meeting at CAA was held on Friday, February 11, 7:30 AM-9:00 AM at the New York Hilton, 2nd Floor, Madison Suite.  Links to the Treasurer’s Report and the Meeting Minutes are available on the Reports & Minutes page.


The IAS sponsored three sessions at CAA, a pre-arranged short session and two open-call long sessions.  General information about CAA 2011 may be found on the CAA conference website.

Short Session: Artists’ Biographies from Antiquity to the Present
Friday, February 11, 12:30-2:00 PM, Rendezvous Trianon, 3rd Floor, Hilton New York
Anne Leader, Savannah College of Art and Design–Atlanta

From Pliny to Bellori to Cavalcaselle, Italian authors and audiences have been fascinated with artists’ biographies.  Most famously, Vasari’s Lives of the Artists exemplifies the notion of the construction of an artist’s identity through a recording of his artistic merit and valor in a biographical form emulating ancient and hagiographical writers.  This constructed identity in turn imparts authenticity, legitimacy, and value to the art and its maker. While works of art with concrete attribution often still receive privileged attention, attribution, of course, no longer frames much of the discourse of the discipline.  This session seeks to query the notion, function, and complex relationship of the artist’s biography in the reception of works of art.  Does the presence of an artist’s biography delimit a work of art’s reception?  Does the absence of an artist’s biography free a monument of constricting parameters of interpretation or create a void of consideration of artistic intention. How does the relationship between biography and art shift across time?

Lauren Hackworth Petersen, University of Delaware, “Why Have There Been No Great Roman Artists?”

Robert G. La France, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Dispelling Vasari’s Myths: The Lives of Timoteo Viti and Raphael”

Christopher G. Bennett, University of Southern California, “Arazzi: Alighiero Boetti and Afghanistan”

Long Sessions: Claiming Authorship: Artists, Patrons, and Strategies of Self-promotion in Medieval and Early Modern Italy I & II
Friday, February 11, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM, Nassau Suite, 2nd Floor, Hilton New York & Saturday, February 12, 2:30-5:00 PM, Concourse A, Concourse Level, Hilton New York
Babette Bohn, Texas Christian University/Villa I Tatti & Sheryl E. Reiss, University of Southern California

In medieval and early modern Italy, both artists and patrons employed diverse strategies to distinguish art works, to promulgate their fame, and to assert the uniqueness of their contributions. For artists, these strategies included varied signature practices, distinctive monograms, and copyright privilege on prints. Painters, sculptors, and architects strove to position themselves as exceptional talents by means of iconographic specializations, innovative techniques, price manipulation, literary self-promotion, editorial practices, and the gifting of art to important patrons.  Similarly, patrons proclaimed their responsibility for art and architecture with inscriptions, coats-of-arms, imprese, portraits, and the depiction of onomastic saints. Such “signing” proclaimed patronal involvement in the production of the works they commissioned. Patrons also promoted themselves and their families by emulation of and association with other patrons, and by supporting famous artists. The strategies of artists and patrons were often mutually reinforcing, but were sometimes competitive and even antagonistic. These two sessions explore strategies for self-promotion employed by artists and patrons in Italy from the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries.

Part I: Friday, February 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., New York Hilton, Nassau Suite, second floor

Areli Marina, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “Queen Theodolinda’s Inheritance: The Visconti as Princes at San Giovanni in Monza”

Robert Glass, Princeton University, “Filarete at the Papal Court: Claiming Authorship and Status on the Doors of St. Peter’s in the Vatican”

Paul H. D. Kaplan, Purchase College, SUNY, “George of Freecastle: Giorgio da Castelfranco’s Self-Promotion as a Martial Painter”

Katherine Isard, Columbia University, “The Editor as Author in the Early Modern Architectural Book”

Mayu Fujikawa, Bucknell University, “Lively Images of Exotic Foreigners: Pope Paul V’s Promotion of His Global Missionary Success at the Palazzo Quirinale, Rome”

Part II, Saturday, February 12, 2:30-5:00pm, New York Hilton, Concourse A, Concourse Level

David Boffa, Rutgers University, “Images within Images: Self-Referentiality and Authorship in the Later Middle Ages”

Lorraine Karafel, Parsons, The New School for Design, “Papal Majesty and Political Propaganda: Image and Meaning in Raphael’s Grotesques of Leo X”

Sally J. Cornelison, University of Kansas, “Competing Identities: Sanctity, Patronage, and Portraiture in Giambologna’s St. Antoninus Chapel”

Meryl Bailey, University of California, Berkeley, “ ‘The Stimulus of Vain Ambition’: Individual Self-Promotion and Corporate Patronage in Early Modern Venice”

Frances Gage, Buffalo State College, State University of New York, “Lanfranco and the Rhetoric of Self-Promotion in Early Seicento Italy”

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