[Msa-discuss] Nicolas Calas Symposium CFP

Stamatina Dimakopoulou sdimakop at enl.uoa.gr
Tue Jan 19 17:17:27 EST 2016

Regarding Nicolas Calas: An International Symposium

Athens School of Fine Arts, National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens

21-22 October 2016

Poet, critic, curator, and theoretician
Nicolas Calas’s work spanned the formation of modernism in Greece, the
theoretical and political orientation of French Surrealism in the late
1930s, Surrealism’s American interlude in the 1940s, and the directions of
postwar art in the US. This symposium seeks to open Calas’s theories and
practice to a broader public and invites proposals from scholars and
creative artists to reflect upon the contexts of his theoretical,
critical, poetic output, as well as his curatorial practice and
involvement within the art world. Addressing this important yet for a time
neglected or mythologised figure of the transcontinental avant-garde, this
symposium aims to reappraise Calas and present new work on
under-researched angles and hitherto unexplored connections with artists,
critics, and scholars of his own time. The intention is to explore the
important interfaces of Calas’s writings on art, theory, his poetry and
politics, and engage with him as a ‘nomadic sage’ moving across and within
different cultures and critical idioms.
Parallel events will also comprise a
series of workshops and an exhibition that will be hosted at the Athens
School of Fine Arts. The workshops will be organised under three thematic
clusters, poetics, politics, paradox,
and will invite practicing artists who work in different media to
respond to the diverse contexts of Calas’s work and engage with The Elena
and Nicolas Calas archive that is held in The Nordic Library in Athens.
The symposium will coincide with the opening of the exhibition that will
present work produced in the workshops.


Plenary speaker: Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of
Comparative Literature, City University of New York

Please send proposals (250 words) for 20-minute papers together with a
short bio note to regardingcalas at gmail.com
by April 30, 2016. 


Possible lines of enquiry ‘regarding Nicolas Calas’ may include:


•              Politics, poetry and psychoanalysis and their influence
on Calas’s thought and practice

•              Surrealist affinities and Calas’s eclecticism and unique

The American art scene during the Cold War

•              The contexts of Abstract Expressionism, Calas’s
participation at The Club, his exchange with Barnett Newman and other
up-and-coming artists of the European and American art scenes such as
Jasper Johns, Marcel Broodthaers, Chryssa, Takis, George Brecht, Fluxus,
John Cage et al.

•              Calas’s writings for art magazines such as
View, Tiger’s Eye, Artforum, Art
Magazine et al.

Calas in the Village Voice

•              Calas as educator

•              The influence of anthropology and his collaborations
with Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict

•              Calas's relation to Breton

•              Calas’s relation to Bataille and the Collège de

•              Calas as collector, curator and art director of various
galleries, including his close relationship with Peggy Guggenheim, Marian
Goodman, Lawrence Alloway,  and other gallerists, curators and

•              His unfinished magnus opus on Hieronymus Bosch

•              Calas across and against the grain: affiliations and
genealogies from St Paul to the Beats

•              Calas and the baroque


Regarding Nicolas Calas is organised by
Mata Dimakopoulou, (National and Kapodistrian University
of Athens), Vassiliki Kolocotroni, (University of
Glasgow), Irini Marinaki, (Phd in Art History, Τhe London
Consortium, University of London), Tereza Papamichali,
(Phd candidate in Fine Art, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw),
Konstantinos Stefanis, (Phd in Art History, Τhe London
Consortium, University of London), Vassilis Vlastaras
(Athens School of Fine Arts)

--Stamatina Dimakopoulou--
Faculty of English Language
and Literature
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
157 84
Athens, Greece
Tel.: (+30) 210 727 7382
Fax: (+30) 210 727



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