Symposium: Paul Taylor

Date: Saturday 1 September 2012
Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Venue: Lecture theatre G1.04, Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Impresario: Paul Taylor | Art & Text | POPISM

Paul Taylor (1957-1992) was the founding editor and publisher of the internationally renowned art journal Art & Text. He was also an influential critic and curator who had a dynamic impact on the discourse and practice of visual arts. He changed Australian visual culture.

This symposium will celebrate and reflect upon his life and achievements. It will explore his legacy and example by investigating his impact and enduring influence on Australian visual culture through the many aspects of his work: as a publisher, curator and critic, and advocate of post-structuralist theory, and a ground-breaking impresario who forged significant national and international networks of artists, critics, gallerists and curators.

The symposium will also mark thirty years since his landmark exhibition POPISM, which Taylor curated for the National Gallery of Victoria, and twenty years since his untimely death.

Convened by Dr Janine Burke and Associate Professor Adrian Martin, both of Monash University, the symposium will be jointly presented by Monash University Museum of Art and the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University.

Participants will include leading academics, museum directors, curators, artists and critics – many of them close colleagues of Paul Taylor – and a younger generation of editors, critics and publishers.

Registration will open in July 2012.