Critical Terms for Art History / Edition 2

Critical Terms for Art History / Edition 2

by Robert S. Nelson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226571688

ISBN-13: 9780226571683

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"Art" has always been contested terrain, whether the object in question is a medieval tapestry or Duchamp's Fountain. But questions about the categories of "art" and "art history" acquired increased urgency during the 1970s, when new developments in critical theory and other intellectual projects dramatically transformed the discipline. The first edition of

Overview

"Art" has always been contested terrain, whether the object in question is a medieval tapestry or Duchamp's Fountain. But questions about the categories of "art" and "art history" acquired increased urgency during the 1970s, when new developments in critical theory and other intellectual projects dramatically transformed the discipline. The first edition of Critical Terms for Art History both mapped and contributed to those transformations, offering a spirited reassessment of the field's methods and terminology.

Art history as a field has kept pace with debates over globalization and other social and political issues in recent years, making a second edition of this book not just timely, but crucial. Like its predecessor, this new edition consists of essays that cover a wide variety of "loaded" terms in the history of art, from sign to meaning, ritual to commodity. Each essay explains and comments on a single term, discussing the issues the term raises and putting the term into practice as an interpretive framework for a specific work of art. For example, Richard Shiff discusses "Originality" in Vija Celmins's To Fix the Image in Memory, a work made of eleven pairs of stones, each consisting of one "original" stone and one painted bronze replica.

In addition to the twenty-two original essays, this edition includes nine new ones—performance, style, memory/monument, body, beauty, ugliness, identity, visual culture/visual studies, and social history of art—as well as new introductory material. All help expand the book's scope while retaining its central goal of stimulating discussion of theoretical issues in art history and making that discussion accessible to both beginning students and senior scholars.

Contributors: Mark Antliff, Nina Athanassoglou-Kallmyer, Stephen Bann, Homi K. Bhabha, Suzanne Preston Blier, Michael Camille, David Carrier, Craig Clunas, Whitney Davis, Jas Elsner, Ivan Gaskell, Ann Gibson, Charles Harrison, James D. Herbert, Amelia Jones, Wolfgang Kemp, Joseph Leo Koerner, Patricia Leighten, Paul Mattick Jr., Richard Meyer, W. J. T. Mitchell, Robert S. Nelson, Margaret Olin, William Pietz, Alex Potts, Donald Preziosi, Lisbet Rausing, Richard Shiff, Terry Smith, Kristine Stiles, David Summers, Paul Wood, James E. Young

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226571683
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Series:
Critical Terms Series
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second Edition
Pages:
540
Sales rank:
392,465
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
List of illustrations

At the Place of a Foreword:
Someone Looking, Reading, and Writing/Robert S. Nelson
Operations
Representation/David Summers
Sign/Alex Potts
Simulacrum/Michael Camille
Communications
Word and Image/W. J. T. Mitchell
Narrative/Wolfgang Kemp
Context/Paul Mattick, Jr.
Meaning/Interpretation/Stephen Bann
Histories
Originality/Richard Shiff
Appropriation/Robert S. Nelson
Art History/David Carrier
Modernism/Charles Harrison
Avant-Garde/Ann Gibson
Primitive/Mark Antliff and Patricia Leighten
Social Relations
Ritual/Suzanne Preston Blier
Fetish/William Pietz
Gaze/Margaret Olin
Gender/Whitney Davis
Societies
Modes of Production/Terry Smith
Commodity/Paul Wood
Collecting Museums/Donald Preziosi
Value/Joseph Leo Koerner and Lisbet Koerner
Postmodernism/Postcolonialism/Homi K. Bhabha

Afterword: Figuration/Richard Shiff
References
Contributors
Index

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