Academic Session 26: Reading 2013

39th Annual Conference and Bookfair
University of Reading
11-13 April 2013

Photography and the Histories of Sculpture:
What role has photography played in forming sculpture’s place in art history?

Session Convenors

Lisa Le Feuvre, Henry Moore Institute,
Jon Wood, Henry Moore Institute,

This conference session asks the bold question: what role has photography played in forming sculpture’s place in art history? Working across the disciplines and histories of sculpture, exhibition-making, museum studies and photography, this session addresses the formation of art historical narratives, seeking to unpack past narratives and ask questions of how future art historical narratives might be constructed.


Patrizia Di Bello (Birkbeck College, University of London) Rough Surfaces: Pictorialist photographs of sculptures

Jeremy Melius (Johns Hopkins University) Schlosser’s Photographic Histories

Megan Luke A World of Surfaces: Cast, Exposed and Coloured

Sylwia Serafinowicz (Courtauld Institute of Art) On the Depiction of Otherwise Ephemeral Matter: Photographs from Osieki Plein-airs

Jyrki Siukonen (Finnish Academy of Fine Arts) From the Corner of Tatlin’s Eye

Anne McCauley (Princeton University) Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and the Photographic Theatricalisation of New Sculptural Forms

Thomas Morgan Evans (University College London) The Photographic as Sculpture: Wolfgang Tillmans’ Lighter series

Sara Knelman (Courtauld Institute of Art) Photography as Sculpture/Sculpture as Photography: Expanded dimensions in the art museum

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