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ArtMatters special issue#1


Expanding notions of “making” for contemporary artworkS

edited by: Brian Castriota, Erma Hermens, Gunnar Heydenreich, Zoe Miller, Dominic Paterson

This volume examines critical issues related to the often ongoing and distributed making of contemporary artworks within and alongside their care, conservation and display. The contributing authors draw upon diverse theoretical frameworks from anthropology and ethnography, organisational theory, semiotics, sociology, gender studies, feminist theory, and new materialism, among others. The papers are written by an interdisciplinary group of both early career researchers and established scholars, and critically examine the implications of an expanded notion of making for the custodianship and perpetuation of a wide range of contemporary artworks. The papers originate from two conferences (Glasgow, Cologne), both part of New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA), a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative training Network (2015-2020).


Brian Castriota, Guest editor, Special Issue

is an Adjunct Lecturer in Time-Based Media Art Conservation at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh College of Art. He also works as a freelance conservator for time-based media and contemporary art at the National Galleries Scotland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Erma Hermens

is the Rijksmuseum Chair for Studio Practice and Technical Art History at University of Amsterdam and senior researcher in Technical Art History at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. She is currently Visiting Professor at the Venice Center for Digital and Public Humanities, Ca’Foscari University, Venice. 

Gunnar Heydenreich

is Professor for Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (CICS). His research concerns Early modern art: German painting, Lucas Cranach; Technical Art History/Art Technology: Historical materials and techniques; and Modern and contemporary art.

Zoë Miller, Guest editor, Special Issue

is a researcher at the Tate and PhD candidate at Maastricht University.


Dominic Paterson, Guest editor, Special Issue

is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow specialising in critical theory, (particularly the work of Michel Foucault), historiography and the history of art history, visual culture and art of the post-war period.

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