PRESIDENT: Prof. Natalie King, University of Melbourne
SECRETARY: Dr. Damian Smith, Melbourne
Represents the interests of art critics, art historians and scholars in the region.
AICA members are issued a membership card recognized for entrance to museums around the world.
Since 1950, AICA has promoted art criticism as an international platform for the develop of artistic practice and cultural development.
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 change 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 relationship across political, geographical, ethnic, economic and religious boundaries
to defend impartially freedom of expression and thought and oppose arbitrary censorship.
Image: Art Gallery of South Australia, with works by Bill Henson and Thomas Hirschhorn.