The Department of Classical Studies is delighted to announce the publication of Issue 3 of the online journal Practitioners’ Voices in Classical Reception Studies.
The 2012 issue of Practitioners’ Voices in Classical Reception Studies focuses on practitioners working with visual and material culture. The classical past continues to be a rich source of inspiration for artists working all over the world, and it is within the field of the visual arts that we find some of the most impassioned debates about the role of antiquity in contemporary culture. University academics are also becoming increasingly interested in how modern artists have re-worked classical ideas, texts and images, and the last year has seen the publication of a number of books and articles on the topic. All of this suggests that the relationship between contemporary art and classical culture deserves a moment of special scrutiny, and that an exploration of this theme might be of interest not just to students of classical reception, but to all those academics, critics and creative artists engaged in debates about contemporary art’s entanglement with the past.
This issue focuses on the relationship between classical antiquity and contemporary art, and includes interviews with Christie Brown, Richard Shirley Smith, Norman McBeath, Robert Crawford, Marian Maguire and Craig Hamilton. The five interviews were recorded between February 2011 and April 2012. Each of the practitioners who have contributed to the issue engages with different aspects of Greek and/or Roman antiquity, using different materials and techniques, while drawing on different literary and visual sources.
Taken together, their work demonstrates the enormous range and depth of classical references in contemporary visual and material culture – references which enable even the most progressive and innovative of artworks to ‘thunder back through the ages’ (to borrow Craig Hamilton’s evocative phrase).
Access the Journal at http://www8.open.ac.uk/arts/research/pvcrs/2012