Associate Professor of Art History Stephen J. Goldberg delivered the keynote address on July 25 at the “Language in the Arts – Presence and Future” symposium at the Fondation Hartung-Bergman in Antibes, France. The symposium was sponsored by the Written Art Foundation, Frankfurt am Main.
In “The Primacy of Gesture: Perspectives on the Written Art Foundation,” Goldberg addressed the distinctive global scope and cultural focus of the foundation’s collection. He provided a cultural and historical context within which to understand the distinctive nature of the works from East Asia as they relate to the Arab, European and American art in the collection.
Most importantly Goldberg said, he discussed the ways the collection is uniquely poised to respond to an emerging direction in the exhibition of art within today’s global cultural economy. He concluded with a proposal for two possible themes for future exhibitions of the works from the collection of the Written Art Foundation.