AHRC Grant Successes for the Art DepartmentLecturers Dominic Rahtz and Craig Richardson have been successful in their applications for research funding from the AHRC. Dominic Rahtz has been awarded over £3,000, which will allow significant periods of travel to American archives in order to retrieve and recreate the dialogue between Robert Smithson and Carl Andre during a crucial period of American Minimalism and Conceptual Art. The research will question how the materiality of the art object and the materialism of art practice was interpreted in relation to the work of both artists. Craig Richardson has won £17,971 for a curatorial concept resulting in a confrontational pairing of the Victorian painter Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) and the contemporary Scottish artist Ross Sinclair (b.1966). By commissioning new work alongside curatorial recontextualisation of works from the Victorian period this experimental project juxtaposes and conflates their separate acts of representing Scotland. Comprising a series of documented 'interventions' by Sinclair addressing specific Landseer works within their present environments, such as The Wallace Collection, the research will articulate contemporary Scottish cultural identity by explicit acts of curation, providing a model for innovative re-interpretation of existing Museum collections.
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