AICA is an international organisation, sponsored by UNESCO, with headquarters in Paris, formed to promote art criticism, to develop its methodology, to defend its ethical and professional interests, and to foster international cooperation in the field of art. The Australian Section includes many of our leading art critics as well as a number of distinguished art historians and scholars.
AICA Australia represents the interests of art critics, art historians and scholars in the region.
The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) was founded in 1950 and was admitted in 1951 to the rank of NGO. AICA comprises various experts committed to the development of international co-operation in the fields of artistic creation, dissemination and cultural development. The main objectives of AICA have changed little over the years. However, they were redefined in November 2003 to emphasize the global reach of the association, its cross-cultural ambitions and its interdisciplinary approach. They are:
- to promote art criticism as a discipline and contribute to its methodology
- to protect the ethical and professional interests of its Members and co-operate in defending their rights
- to maintain an active international network for its Members, with the aid of available technologies and encouragement of face-to-face encounters
- to contribute to mutual understanding of visual arts and aesthetics in all cultures
- to stimulate professional relationships across political, geographical, ethnic, economic and religious boundaries
- to defend impartially freedom of expression and thought and oppose arbitrary censorship.
Image credit: Richard Bell, Australian art It’s an Aboriginal thing, 2006, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 2 panels: 240 x 360 cm overall; 240 x 180 cm each. Collection of the TarraWarra Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
(Image below): Art Gallery of South Australia, with works by Bill Henson and Thomas Hirschhorn.
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