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Rethinking Australia’s Art History: The Challenge of Aboriginal Art

Rethinking Australia’s Art History: The Challenge of Aboriginal Art

Forthcoming

Susan Lowish
June 13, 2018

This book aims to redefine Australia’s earliest art history by chronicling for the first time the birth of the category "Aboriginal art," tracing the term’s use through published literature in the late eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Susan Lowish reveals how the idea of "...

Time in the History of Art: Temporality, Chronology and Anachrony

Time in the History of Art: Temporality, Chronology and Anachrony

Forthcoming

Dan Karlholm, Keith Moxey
May 29, 2018

Addressed to students of the image--both art historians and students of visual studies--this book investigates the history and nature of time in a variety of different environments and media as well as the temporal potential of objects. Essays will analyze such topics as the disparities of power...

Monographic Exhibitions and the History of Art

Monographic Exhibitions and the History of Art

Forthcoming

Maia Wellington Gahtan, Donatella Pegazzano
February 28, 2018

This edited collection traces the impact of monographic exhibitions on the discipline of art history from the first examples in the late eighteenth century through the present. Roughly falling into three genres (retrospectives of living artists, retrospectives of recently deceased artists, and...

Michael Baxandall, Vision and the Work of Words

Michael Baxandall, Vision and the Work of Words

Peter Mack, Robert Williams
February 19, 2018

'The most important art historian of his generation’ is how some scholars have described the late Michael Baxandall (1933-2007), Professor of the Classical Tradition at the Warburg Institute, University of London, and of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Baxandall’s work...

Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture

Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture

Katherine Wheeler
February 06, 2018

In the mid-1880s The Builder, an influential British architectural journal, published an article characterizing Renaissance architecture as a corrupt bastardization of the classical architecture of Greece and Rome. By the turn of the century, however, the same journal praised the Renaissance...

The Expressionist Turn in Art History: A Critical Anthology

The Expressionist Turn in Art History: A Critical Anthology

Kimberly A. Smith
November 22, 2017

During the period in which Expressionist artists were active in central Europe, art historians were producing texts which also began to be characterized evocatively as ’expressionist’, yet the notion of an expressionist art history has yet to be fully explored in historiographic studies of the...

Video Art Historicized: Traditions and Negotiations

Video Art Historicized: Traditions and Negotiations

Malin Hedlin Hayden
October 12, 2017

Video art emerged as an art form that from the 1960s and onwards challenged the concept of art - hence, art historical practices. From the perspective of artists, critics, and scholars engaged with this new medium, art was seen as too limiting a notion. Important issues were to re-think art as a...

Messerschmidt's Character Heads: Maddening Sculpture and the Writing of Art History

Messerschmidt's Character Heads: Maddening Sculpture and the Writing of Art History

Michael Yonan
October 04, 2017

This book examines a famous series of sculptures by the German artist Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736–1783) known as his "Character Heads." These are busts of human heads, highly unconventional for their time, representing strange, often inexplicable facial expressions. Scholars have struggled to...

Circulations in the Global History of Art

Circulations in the Global History of Art

Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Catherine Dossin, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel
May 31, 2017

The project of global art history calls for balanced treatment of artifacts and a unified approach. This volume emphasizes questions of transcultural encounters and exchanges as circulations. It presents a strategy that highlights the processes and connections among cultures, and also responds to...

Constructing the Viennese Modern Body: Art, Hysteria, and the Puppet

Constructing the Viennese Modern Body: Art, Hysteria, and the Puppet

Nathan J. Timpano
May 30, 2017

This book takes a new, interdisciplinary approach to analyzing modern Viennese visual culture, informed by Austro-German theater, contemporary medical treatises centered on hysteria, and an original examination of dramatic gestures in expressionist artworks. It centers on the following question:...

Mariette and the Science of the Connoisseur in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Mariette and the Science of the Connoisseur in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Kristel Smentek
May 22, 2017

Celebrated connoisseur, drawings collector, print dealer, book publisher and authority on the art of antiquity, Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774) was a pivotal figure in the eighteenth-century European art world. Focusing on the trajectory of Mariette’s career, this book examines the material...

Comparativism in Art History

Comparativism in Art History

Jaś Elsner
February 08, 2017

Featuring some of the major voices in the world of art history, this volume explores the methodological aspects of comparison in the historiography of the discipline. The chapters assess the strengths and weaknesses of comparative practice in the history of art, and consider the larger issue of the...

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