2001-12 Symposium Barnett Newman

Posted on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 14:01

Restoration of Cathedra - Considering the Restoration of a Monochrome Painting

December 8, 2001

Organiser: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

 

Four years ago, on November 21 1997, Cathedra, a work by the American painter Barnett Newman, was badly damaged.* Using a sharp knife, a deranged visitor to the Stedelijk made five large slashes in the canvas, amounting to a total length of fifteen metres. The museum decided almost immediately to have Cathedra restored under the supervision of an international committee of independent experts.

On December 8 the public will be able to see the restored Cathedra for the first time. To mark the occasion the Stedelijk will host a symposium on the theme of Newman's painting and the major task of its restoration. In addition to the methodical, technical and organisational aspects of the operation, Newman's studio practice will be discussed, as will the significance of the monochrome in the history of abstract painting. December 8 is also the opening date of an exhibition of colourfield painting and monochrome canvases by Newman, Ryman, Kelly, Fontana and other artists represented in the museum's collection.

 

* Barnett Newman (1905-1970) painted Cathedra in 1951. The blue monochrome, measuring approximately 2.5 x 5.5 metres, was purchased for the museum in 1975 by the then director, Edy de Wilde. A Stedelijk Museum Cahier to be published at the beginning of December will focus on Newman's

work in the Stedelijk and the restoration of Cathedra.

 

 

Programme

Saturday December 8 2001

 

9.00 - 10.00 a.m.

arrival

 

10.00

Word of welcome from Rudi Fuchs, director of the museum

 

10.15

Jan van Adrichem

Introduction to the symposium

Van Adrichem is head of the Stedelijk Museum's research department. He is currently investigating the reception of neo-avant-garde art in the Netherlands in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

10.35

Ann Temkin

On Newman's work and his ideas about his painting of around 1950, the period in which he produced Cathedra

Temkin, curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is preparing a major exhibition of Newman's work.

 

11.15

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro

On Newman's studio practice and technical aspects of his painting

Mancusi-Ungaro is a conservator at the Whitney Museum in New York and an expert in the field of modern art conservation.

 

12.00 - 13.30

Break for lunch and an opportunity to see Cathedra and view the exhibition.

 

13.30

Yve-Alain Bois

On the art-historical and theoretical aspects of Cathedra and monochrome painting

Bois is Professor of Art History at Harvard and currently preparing an oeuvre catalogue of Newman. His publications include Painting as Model (1990); he is the co-author (with Rosalind Krauss) of Formless - a user's guide (1997).

 

14.10

Alan Charlton

Monochrome painting discussed in the light of a contemporary artist's practice

Charlton is an artist living in Great Britain. Recent work by him was on show this summer in the Stedelijk's Gallery of Honour.

 

14.50

Tea-break

 

15.20

Irene Glanzer/Elisabeth Bracht/Louise Wijnberg

On the restoration of Cathedra

Bracht, Glanzer and Wijnberg are painting conservators at the Stedelijk Museum.

 

16.00

Thierry de Duve, 'Vox Ignis Vox Populi'

On public opposition to abstract painting and notably to Newman's work, illustrated by a case in Canada.

De Duve's publications include The Definitely Unfinished Marcel Duchamp (1991) and Kant after Duchamp (1996).

 

16.40 - 19.00

Closing remarks and reception

 

 

Registration and payment

 

Participants can register by filling in the form below and posting or faxing it to the Stedelijk Museum . You will receive confirmation on receipt of payment of the symposium fee of NLG 125,-. Students pay NLG 75,- but must produce evidence of student status on arrival. Coffee/tea, lunch, reception, admission to the museum and a copy of the Stedelijk Museum Bulletin are included.

Applications will be processed in order of arrival. Maximum capacity: 200.

For more information contact Frank Hermelijn: +31-(0)20 57 32 726 or f.hermelijn@stedelijk.nl

 

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