Critical terms for art history

Nelson Robert S., Shiff Richard

Critical terms for art history

Chicago [Ill.] ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2003, 1 vol. (XXI-519 p.).

ISBN 978-0-226-57168-3

Résumé :

«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.
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.

Robert S. Nelson is the Robert Lehman professor of the history of art at Yale University. He is the author of Hagia Sophia, 1850-1950 : Holy Wisdom modern monument, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Richard Shiff is the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and director of the Center for the study of modernism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Cézanne and the End of Impressionism : a study of the theory, technique, and critical evaluation of modern art.

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