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.

This symposium celebrates and reflects upon his life and achievements. It explores Taylor’s 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.

Convenor Adrian Martin says that “Paul Taylor revolutionised the way we write, perform, publish and live art criticism in Australia. Fusing the most dynamic, new intellectual ideas with the most stylish forms of subcultural rebellion, he dragged the 1970s into the 1980s, and blazed a trail for the young critics and cultural entrepreneurs of today, who are still looking back to and learning from his flamboyant, cheeky, informed, risk-taking approach.”

The symposium also marks thirty years since Taylor’s landmark exhibition POPISM, which he 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 is jointly presented by Monash University Museum of Art and the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University.

Symposium participants include:

Janine Burke, art historian, author and Monash Research Fellow

Adrian Martin, critic, editor and Associate Professor, Film and Television Studies, Monash University

Patrick McCaughey, emeritus professor, Monash University; former Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, Wadsworth Athenaeum, and Yale Centre for British Art

Juliana Engberg, Artistic Director, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Dr Edward Colless, Head, Visual Art History and Theory, Victorian College of the Arts

Judy Annear, Senior Curator Photographs, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Juan Davila, artist

Lyndal Jones, artist and Professor of Contemporary Art, RMIT University

Helen Hughes & Nick Croggon, Co-editors, Discipline

Lauren Bliss, Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts

Rosemary Forde, Board member, un Projects and Communications and Publications Coordinator, Monash University Museum of Art

Kelly Fliedner, Program Coordinator, West Space

Philip Brophy, artist and film maker

Date: Saturday 1 September 2012, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Venue: Lecture theatre G1.04, Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Registration: $10.00 includes lunch and refreshments. Please note pre-registration for this event is essential. Register now online.
Enquiries:  Russell Walsh, Symposium Co-ordinator & Research Assistant,
Rosemary Forde, Communications & Publications Coordinator, MUMA,, T: +61 3 99054360
Symposium Website