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Studies in Art Historiography: Studies in Art Historiography


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Monographic Exhibitions and the History of Art

Monographic Exhibitions and the History of Art

Forthcoming

Maia Wellington Gahtan, Donatella Pegazzano
January 31, 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...

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...

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism: International Experiments in Italy

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism: International Experiments in Italy

Marin R. Sullivan
December 05, 2016

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism is structured around four distinct but interrelated projects initially realized in Italy between 1966 and 1972: Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Newspaper Sphere (Sfera di giornali), Robert Smithson’s Asphalt Rundown, and...

The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

Ray Hernandez-Duran
October 28, 2016

The first substantial Mexican colonial art historiography in English, this book examines the origin of the study of colonial art in Mexico as a symptom of the development of modern museum practice in mid-nineteenth-century Mexico City. Also an intellectual history, this study recognizes the role of...

Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Catherine Roach
June 27, 2016

Repainting the work of another into one’s own canvas is a deliberate and often highly fraught act of reuse. This book examines the creation, display, and reception of such images. Artists working in nineteenth-century London were in a peculiar position: based in an imperial metropole, yet...

Painting and Narrative in France, from Poussin to Gauguin

Painting and Narrative in France, from Poussin to Gauguin

Peter Cooke, Nina Lübbren
June 16, 2016

Before Modernism, narrative painting was one of the most acclaimed and challenging modes of picture-making in Western art, yet by the early twentieth century storytelling had all but disappeared from ambitious art. France was a key player in both the dramatic rise and the controversial demise of...

Architecture and the Late Ottoman Historical Imaginary: Reconfiguring the Architectural Past in a Modernizing Empire

Architecture and the Late Ottoman Historical Imaginary: Reconfiguring the Architectural Past in a Modernizing Empire

Ahmet A. Ersoy
March 18, 2016

While European eclecticism is examined as a critical and experimental moment in western art history, little research has been conducted to provide an intellectual depth of field to the historicist pursuits of late Ottoman architects as they maneuvered through the nineteenth century’s vast inventory...

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