Call for Papers | Nouveau Reach: Past, Present, and Future of Luxury

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on November 2, 2015

From the conference website:

Nouveau Reach: Past, Present, and Future of Luxury / Passé, présent et avenir du luxe
Ryerson University, Toronto, 11–14 May 2017

Proposals for complete panels and individual papers due by 15 March 2016

Nouveau Reach: Past, Present, and Future of Luxury brings together leading thinkers in luxury studies and industry to explore the future of luxury in the Canadian and global contexts. Taking place in Toronto, Canada from 11 to 14 May 2017, we invite scholars of anthropology, business, fashion, fine art, history, modern languages, museum studies, material art & design, and social sciences to share findings on historical and contemporary developments in luxury studies. We also invite established professionals currently working in luxury market—via fashion, curatorship, fine arts, auctioneering, design, commerce, and travel—to contribute their expertise and insight on the future of luxury in the global context.

The three-day conference is co-organized by Brock University and The School of Fashion at Ryerson University. It features both traditional panels of 20-minute papers and interactive workshops led by leading industry experts. Please submit 4-member panel proposals that include 300-word (max) abstracts per presenter and a 200-word rationale for the panel, as well as a brief curriculum vitae for all presenters by 15 March 2016. Proposals for individual papers will also be considered. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Participants will be asked to submit completed papers in January 2017 for consideration for a special issue of Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:
• The history of and new frontiers in luxury
• Trajectories in Canadian luxury
• Luxury and global markets
• Luxury and the public
• Luxury as business model
• Curating luxury
• Luxury and nation, race, and/or sex
• Cultural/literary/artistic representations of luxury
• Luxury consumption and/or production
• Luxury and space
• Scandals, ruptures, and slippages in the pursuit of luxury

Please submit proposals, in Word format, to NouveauReachCAN@gmail.com.

Organizing Committee
Jessica Clark, History, Brock University
Nigel Lezama, Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Brock University
Alison Matthews David, The School of Fashion, Ryerson University
Robert Ott, The School of Fashion, Ryerson University

Plenary Speakers
Jonathan Faiers, University of Southampton, Editor, Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption
Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick, The Luxury Network
Jana Scholze, Victoria & Albert Museum, Co-curator of the 2015 exhibition What is Luxury?

Exhibition | The Châtelet Family Archives

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on November 2, 2015


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Now on display just outside of Chaumont:

Dans les arcanes d’une famille illustre: les archives Du Châtelet révélées
Archives départementales de la Haute-Marne, Chaumont, 20 June — 18 December 2015

Après trois années d’acquisitions et de classement aux Archives départementales de la Haute-Marne, ce fonds riche de plusieurs milliers de documents allant du XIIIe au XVIIIe siècle, complété par des prêts d’objets en provenance de musées ou de collections privées et d’autres pièces rares des Archives, est présenté au grand public pour la première fois !

Si de nombreuses pièces concernent Cirey-sur-Blaise et la personnalité la plus connue de la famille, Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise Du Châtelet et amie proche de Voltaire, l’ensemble du fonds reflète plus globalement un art de vivre en Haute-Marne sur une période de six siècles.

L’exposition aborde sept grands thèmes : la famille Du Châtelet et ses possessions domaniales ; la carrière des Du Châtelet au service de la Lorraine et de la monarchie française ; l’histoire du château et des jardins de Cirey ; les sources de revenu de la famille (bois, métallurgie…) ; les aspects littéraires et scientifiques liés à Émilie du Chatelet et Voltaire ; la vie quotidienne au château de Cirey ; madame de Simiane et Cirey au XIXe siècle. Chaque thème reposera avant tout sur les éléments du fonds d’archives familial, mais pourra s’enrichir de pièces provenant d’autres fonds des Archives départementales ou d’objets prêtés par des établissements extérieurs.

Pour plus d’information, téléchargez le communiqué de presse.

At Christie’s | Rebranding and Rescheduling the Old Masters

Posted in Art Market by Editor on November 2, 2015

‘Classic Art’ and ‘Revolution’ are the latest labels chosen to make Old Master paintings more appealing to collectors of contemporary art. From The NY Times:

Scott Reyburn, “A New Battleground for ‘Classic Art’,” The New York Times (30 October 2015).

. . . Last month, Christie’s jolted the auction calendar by announcing that it would be introducing a new themed week devoted to auctions of historic artworks in New York in April. Instead of holding its old master paintings sales in January in the same week as Sotheby’s, Christie’s will offer them three months later, at the same time that it previews highlights of its May Impressionist, modern and contemporary auctions.

Traditionally, for the convenience of dealers and collectors, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, the two rival auction houses, have held their most important sales in the same week. . . .

[But] Christie’s is now going its own way with old masters, or what it now re-brands as “classic art.”

“There’s a sense that classical paintings aren’t fashionable,” said Jussi Pylkkanen, global president of Christie’s International. “But we’ve been selling them at the wrong time of year, when we haven’t been able to show them to our buyers of 20th-century art.” . . .

This shake-up of the New York auction calendar is the latest attempt—the Frieze Masters fair in London is another—to re-energize demand for historic works by exposing them to the wealthy collectors of 20th- and 21st-century art who dominate the buying. With that audience in mind, the April 2016 “Classic Art Week” will be given a modernist edge with a new themed “Revolution” sale comprising stand-out works from the 18th to 20th centuries, including photographs. . . .

Christie’s press release (6 October 2015) for the “Revolution” sale (New York, #11932, 13 April 2016) is available here»

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