Dr. Marjorie Trusted, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Plaster casts have received increasing scholarly attention over the last few years, above all in relation to their place in the history of collecting, issues of display, and the conservation of the plasters themselves. This conference will focus on issues of reception and artistic practice, positioning plaster and plaster casts in the wider context of recent sculpture research. For the first time it will bring together sculpture and architecture in the context of plaster. Led by Eckart Marchand (The Warburg Institute, London), Marjorie Trusted (Senior Curator of Sculpture, V&A) and Charles Hind (RIBA), speakers are drawn from Britain, the United States, Poland, France, Germany and Belgium.