International Association of Art Critics
The International Association of Art Critics (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art, AICA) 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."