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2018-2019 : Women in the Globalization of Art

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Nelly Van Doesburg, Jean Arp et Sonia Delaunay à Grasse, vers 1942. Fonds Delaunay, Bibl. Kandinsky.

Remarkable but often criticized figures, and always forgotten in the great account of the life of the “genius” with whom they met, artists’ widows nevertheless play a fundamental role in the posthumous history of the works, in terms of visibility, reputation and transmission. Based on a small group strongly identified in the history of art and its market – the widows of abstract artists who died before or during the Second World War – our survey allowed us to discover their archives, often unpublished, dispersed and allowed us to understand their role, on the art market, in the elaboration of the first stories of abstraction, but also when bringing these works into the museum through purchases, donations or bequests.

Julie Verlaine is Maître de Conférences at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. She specialized in the history of the art market  and women gallerist in 20th C.

Among her publications: Daniel Templon, une histoire d’art contemporain, Paris, Flammarion, 2016, 413 p.; Femmes collectionneuses d’art et mécènes, de 1880 à nos jours, Paris, Hazan, 2014, 288 p.; Les Galeries d’art contemporain à Paris. Une histoire culturelle du marché de l’art, 1944-1970, Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2012, 586 p.

Personal page  on website of Centre d’Histoire sociale du XXe siècle.

Thursday, November 29, 2018, in the IHMC room, 45 Rue d’Ulm (staircase D, 4th floor), from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

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