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Paul O’Kane reports on the London AICA Congress


AICA UK member Paul O’Kane has responded to the week’s events of the AICA International Congress held in London in October-

“The theme of these talks generally revolved around the value and price of art in our presently rampant, barely opposable, neoliberal and global capitalist economy. Keynote speaker Matthew Bown, who spoke at Courtauld, set the scene with a slightly audacious, quietly argued thesis in which the ‘relic’ remained centre stage as our most reliable and consistent sign of value for art. Bown argued that ‘relic’ status can be applied equally to the nail clippings of saints maintained in jewel-encrusted medieval reliquaries and to the squeegeed prints of Andy Warhol. Enlightenment, Modernist, or today’s often crass and grotesque market- valuations become incidental distractions given the real, central, fundamental and enduring value of the ‘relic.’”

Read his full report here.