The Art History Newsletter

Jeremy Miller teaches Art History at FIDM in San Francisco. He is currently working on problems of artistic identity in early twentieth-century fashion photography.

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Paris Between the Wars 1919-1939: Art, Life and Culture.

4 May 2012 | Books, Modern, Photography

Book Review: Bouvet, Vincent and Gérard Durozoi. Paris Between the Wars 1919-1939: Art, Life and Culture. Trans. Ruth Sharman. New York: Vendome Press. Print. 2010. Art is neither created nor viewed in a vacuum. It is this notion perhaps that helped to inspire Vincent Bouvet and Gérard Durozoi in the organization of their recent book [...]


Flying Solo: The Opportunities and Challenges Presented to the Solitary Art Historian in a Small College

1 March 2012 | CAA2012, Career, Conferences, Teaching

This stimulating panel was presented at CAA and chaired by Laura J. Crary of Presbyterian College and William Ganis of Wells College. Three well-crafted papers addressed aspects of teaching art history at a college with no art history department per se, but in which art history is an important component of education. Lisa DeBoer of [...]


College Art Association Conference: Mid-conference report

24 February 2012 | CAA2012, Career, Conferences, Photography, Teaching, Theory

The Los Angeles Convention Center is massive. Despite its girth, the College Art Association 2012 Conference occupies about one third of the center. There is no shortage of simultaneous interesting sessions, forcing attendees to choose carefully. The sessions I’ve visited thus far have been largely interesting, with some presenters generating more enthusiasm than others. “Deconstructing [...]


CAA Conference Preview: 5 Suggested Sessions

20 February 2012 | CAA2012, Career, Conferences, Current Events, Teaching, Theory

The schedule of sessions for the almost-here College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles is overwhelming. Thankfully the abstracts have arrived to help clarify some of the content. While attendees will undoubtedly seek out sessions that pique their personal and research interests, I would like to suggest five sessions which are likely to appeal to [...]


Book Review: Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens.

11 January 2012 | Africa, Books, Modern, Photography

Wendy A. Grossman. Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens. Washington DC: International Art and Artists, 2009. 184 pp.; 23 color ills.; 259 b/w. $39.95   Wendy A. Grossman’s thoroughly researched and lucidly written exhibition catalog Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens effectively reveals the process “by which African objects, formerly considered [...]


Leonardo and Richter

17 December 2011 | Contemporary, Current Events, Museums, Renaissance

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan The National Gallery, London, 9 November 2011 – 5 February 2012 Gerhard Richter: Panorama Tate Modern, London, 6 October 2011 – 8 January 2012 Two great exhibitions currently taking place in London, Leonardo Da Vinci: Court Painter at Milan at The National Gallery (until 5 February [...]


Stein and Picasso

26 July 2011 | Modern, Museums, Photography, Teaching

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde San Francisco Museum of Modern Art May 21-September 6   Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco May 12-September 6   Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris De Young Museum, San Francisco June 11 – October 9   What is an [...]


The Genre Called Genre

11 June 2011 | Renaissance, Teaching, Uncategorized

As a regular teacher of survey courses in Western Art, I find it very satisfying when new scholarship addresses its problems and offers solutions. In the June 2011 Art Bulletin, Margaret A. Sullivan writes: “For artists, whose calling required careful observation of the world around them, this heightened appreciation of the spectator elevated their own [...]


Quanto Michelangelo

7 June 2011 | Books, Career, Renaissance

When I learned of John T. Spike’s Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine after it was published last year, I immediately thought of Andrew Graham-Dixon’s 2008 book Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, and Ross King’s Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling of 2003. While I admit that much of the publishing world remains obscure to [...]


Verano español en San Francisco

7 April 2011 | Conferences, Modern, Museums

It’s going to be a summer of Spanish expatriates in the bay area; Balenciaga and Spain is currently on view at the De Young, followed shortly by Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso Paris, while SFMoMA has organized The Steins Collect: Matisee, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde beginning next month. Together this looks to [...]


Scholarly Publishing without the Scholarly Press?

13 March 2011 | Books, Career, Journals

The rise of peer-reviewed, online journals dealing with art history and visual culture, and not associated with an academic publisher, is an interesting development. Traditionally an academic press, complete with editorial board and a peer-review process, has lent a certain cache and reliability to the items it publishes, though this varies of course. These editorial functions [...]


The Online Museum, and the Pseudo-democracy of the Web

31 December 2010 | Current Events, Museums, Teaching

A post from earlier this month on the Getty’s blog points out some curiosities about how some artworks get viewed online more frequently than others. No surprise that Van Gogh takes first place. However, it is interesting that numbers two (Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime by Pierre Paul Prud’hon, 1805-06) and three (Two Women [...]


Turner Prize goes to Susan Philipsz for sound piece

16 December 2010 | Awards, Contemporary

Sounds like a fascinating piece to me, no pun intended. You can read about it here. An interesting conversation which seems to growing from this selection is the question of pushing the definition of art. Sarah Lyall writes in the above NYT article: “The Turner Prize, awarded annually to a British artist 50 or younger, [...]


“Art history has been hijacked by other disciplines”

5 August 2010 | Museums, Renaissance, Teaching, Theory

A show at the Yale University Art Museum points to an issues that many graduate programs seems to be addressing in one way or another. Laurence Kanter says: “Original works of art have been forgotten. They’re being used as data, without any sense of whether they’re good, bad or indifferent.” He added: “No one wants [...]


‘It’s no big deal’

14 July 2010 | Teaching

A recent NYT editorial by Brent Staples about the ease of plagiarism in the internet era is one of many recent articles regarding technology and education. The casual attitude portayed in the article is one I encounter regularly, and I wonder if the research paper still retains much value as an educational tool or assessment technique [...]


Orsay in San Francisco

27 May 2010 | Museums, Teaching

Walking through the Birth of Impressionism exhibition at the De Young Museum, I realized that  Kenneth Baker got basically one thing right in his sparse review: it builds anticipation for coming Fall exhibit.  What I noticed about this well-executed exhibition was its genuine interest in teaching us something about the relationships between mid 19th-century painting and [...]


An exciting and overdue exhibition

20 May 2010 | Modern, Museums

From the Guggenheim: Kenneth Noland, 1924–2010: A Tribute May 21–June 20, 2010 A key figure of postwar abstract painting, Kenneth Noland explored the essential qualities of color and surface throughout a career that spanned six decades. Noland was born on April 10, 1924, in Asheville, North Carolina. He attended the nearby Black Mountain College on [...]