Between April 9 and 14, University of San Francisco Professor John Zarobell went on a mini-speaking tour in London, Norwich, UK and San Francisco. On April 9, Zarobell gave a public talk at London’s National Gallery of Art titled Lessons from Paul Durand-Ruel: the contemporary art market then and now. Durand-Ruel was a key dealer (“The Man Who Sold 1000 Monets”) who did much to inaugurate the market for contemporary art. Drawing on research on historical and contemporary art markets, Zarobell illuminated how market patterns from the 19th century are still active today, and how they have been reinvented in our own era. Zarobell drew on his own essay in the exhibition catalogue, “Paul Durand-Ruel and the Market for Modern Art, 1870-1873” and his current book project, Art and the Global Economy.
Zarobell also participated in the international Association of Art Historians’ annual conference in Norwich, UK, presenting a paper on April 10, concerning the late sculptures of Auguste Rodin: “Mass Production and Originality: The Patinas of Auguste Rodin, 1902 – 1917″. In this paper, he explored how Rodin’s studio became a factory (long before Warhol) producing hundreds of sculptures a year yet developing a range of expressive surface effects to distinguish his works from one another and to add to his creative expression.
Professor Zarobell will teach the Museum Studies curatorial practicum this Fall where he will co-create with USF Museum Studies graduate students an exhibition of work by contemporary California Native American artists for USF’s Thacher Gallery.