International Association of Art Critics
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The International Association of Art Critics (AICA-Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art) was founded in 1950 to revitalize critical discourse, which suffered under Fascism during World War II. AICA was initially affiliated with UNESCO as a non-governmental organization. Currently, there are seventy-two member nations representing more than 4,000 art critics.
The main objectives of AICA are:
• to promote the critical disciplines in the field of visual arts
• to ensure their having sound methodological and ethical bases
• to protect the ethical and professional interests of art critics by defending the rights of all members equally
• to ensure permanent communication among its members by encouraging international meetings
• to facilitate and improve information and international exchanges in the field of visual arts
• to contribute to the reciproca knowledge and closer understanding of differing cultures
• to provide collaboration with developing countries.
In November 2008, Elaine A. King represented the United States at the Association of International Art Critics in Barcelona, Spain where she presented a paper titled "Too much of a muchness?: Topography of Tedium."
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