Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies

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Art history, aesthetics, and visual studies today find themselves in contested new philosophical and institutional circumstances. This fascinating and challenging volume explores the connections and differences among these three methods of investigating visual representation.What are the dominant aesthetic assumptions underlying art historical inquiry? How have these assumptions been challenged by visual studies? Are questions of quality, form, content, meaning, and spectatorship culturally specific? Can we still define the parameters of what should properly constitute the objects of the history of art? Fifteen distinguished scholars answer these and other questions, critically examining the relationships among these three scholarly fields from their founding moments through their contemporary practices.

Author Biography: Michael Ann Holly is director of Research and Academic Programs at the Clark Art Institute. Keith Moxey is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University.

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The May 2001 Clark Conference initiated a dialogue between the three disciplines, revealed that the principles each had been founded on are no longer valid, and explored a number of critical questions. The 15 papers are arranged In Time, Out of Time, and With Time. They are not indexed. Distributed in the US by Yale University Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300097894
  • Publisher: Clark, Sterling & Francine Art Institute
  • Publication date: 2/15/2003
  • Series: Clark Studies in the Visual Arts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Defining "Aesthetics" for Non-Western Studies: The Case of Ancient Mesopotamia 3
Romare Bearden: African American Modernism at Mid-Century 29
Chaos and Cosmos: Points of View in Art History and Aesthetics 47
National Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Aesthetic Judgments in the Historiography of Art 71
Darkness and the Demand for Time in Art 87
Censorship, Autonomy, and Artistic Form 105
Danto and Krauss on Cindy Sherman 122
The Aesthetics of Difference 147
Recollections of Rembrandt's Jeremiah 175
Ghostwriting: Working Out Visual Culture 189
"Theory," Discipline, and Institution 203
Dialectics of Seeing 215
Showing Seeing: A Critique of Visual Culture 231
Current Issues in Art History, Aesthetics, and Visual Studies 251
Mixing Metaphors and Talking about Art 260
Contributors 269
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