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Religious Modernism

7 February 2012 | Awards, Books, Renaissance

Alexander Nagel’s award-winning The Controversy of Renaissance Art focuses on Italy. In his words, This book offers an alternative to the view that Renaissance art struggled to break away from the confines and superstitions of medieval religion, but at the same time it ranges itself against the more recent tendency to let the art fall [...]


CAA Award Winners Announced

31 January 2012 | Awards, Books

CAA announced the winners of its Barr and Morey awards, among others. Winning the Morey award for best book is Alexander Nagel’s The Controversy of Renaissance Art, “a compelling reexamination of the key paradoxes that define this era and the works associated with it.” The Barr award for best catalogue goes to Man, Myth, and [...]


‘the politics in pictures’

25 January 2012 | Awards, Books, Renaissance

One of four books nominated for CAA’s Morey Award, Michael W. Cole’s Ambitious Form: Giambologna, Ammanati, and Danti in Florence is a group portrait of three late Cinquecento sculptors. They are most often compared to their forerunner Michelangelo, but were just as influenced by each other, Cole writes: Early writers make it clear that sculptors [...]


The Degas Debacle

21 January 2012 | Awards, Modern

The National Gallery’s Edgar Degas Sculpture may look like your average permanent-collection catalogue, of the kind that well-funded museums are perpetually issuing and re-issuing for the sake of scholarship (and self-promotion). However, details of provenance and material history are truly fascinating when it comes to Edgar Degas. He was unusual in his materials and in [...]


‘Jan Gossart’s Renaissance’

18 January 2012 | Awards, Renaissance

Next up in our CAA Barr Award coverage, a consideration of Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance: It delivers 484 pages of catalogue-raisonné detail, scholarship-packed analysis, and long-overdue re-evaluation of this neglected artist. It also overstates its case. Nearly every essay protests Gossart’s low reputation and minimizes his failings. “One of the most [...]


2012 Catalogues of the Year

9 January 2012 | Awards, Books, Medieval

It’s awards season again. CAA’s Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Charles Rufus Morey prizes may not be as ballyhooed as the Oscars but they are coveted by members of the American art history academy. This week I begin examining the finalists for this year’s Barr Award, which is awarded to museum catalogues published between September [...]


The Empresses Impress

2 February 2011 | Asia, Awards, Books

Women collectors are the subject of several recent publications including the Morey Award nominee Empresses, Art, and Agency in Song Dynasty China by Hui-shu Lee, who notes that “studies of imperial involvement in the arts in China have scanted the role of women.” This is the first art history book I’ve read that opens with [...]


Jetzt alle zusammen

24 January 2011 | Awards, Books, Modern

In an age of immersive video games, 3-D television, and “reality adventures,” a re-evaulation of the Gesamtkunstwerk seems apt. Nominated for The Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, Modernism after Wagner by Juliet Koss is a “critical history of Wagner’s concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk,” or “total work of art,” from the mid-nineteenth-century to the 1930s. It [...]


‘The Intelligence of Tradition’

19 January 2011 | Asia, Awards, Books

Having reviewed the nominees (1,2,3) for the Alfred Barr, Jr., Award for museum catalogues, I move on now to The Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, which “honors an especially distinguished book in the history of art, published in any language between September 1, 2009, and August 31, 2010.” The shortlist: Molly Emma Aitken, The Intelligence [...]


China’s Other Avant-Garde

11 January 2011 | Asia, Awards, Books, Museums

On to the third and final nominee for the Alfred Barr, Jr., Award: The exhibition catalogue Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in Twentieth-Century China, edited by Xiaoneng Yang, is another doorstop of a volume, 450 pages on heavy paper, on which feature a variety of gorgeous and painstakingly assembled illustrations. “All [...]


‘Kantha’ wins

6 January 2011 | Awards, Books, Museums

CAA announced its twelve Awards for Distinction, including one for Kantha, saying that the book constitutes a model of how to make a catalogue about specific collections that far outreaches the task of honoring the collectors in question. Offering acute insights into an important region and an understudied medium, Kantha not only celebrates a lively [...]


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, [...]


Hal Foster Wins Clark Prize

20 October 2010 | Awards

From The Clark: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute today announced that critic, author, editor and educator Hal Foster will receive the 2010 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing … Foster was selected by an esteemed three-member jury: • Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London • Bruce W. Ferguson, independent [...]


William H. Gerdts wins award

6 October 2010 | Americas, Awards

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has announced that this year its “Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History will be presented to William H. Gerdts.” Gerdts, a former curator and professor emeritus at CUNY Graduate Center, has published several books including The Color of Modernism: The American [...]


New CASVA Fellows

1 September 2010 | Awards

From The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art: The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art has announced the appointments of members for 2010–2011. They include Joseph J. Rishel, Philadelphia Museum of Art, as Samuel H. Kress Professor; [...]


What Makes a Genius?

22 July 2010 | Awards, Books, Renaissance

A Virginia newspaper, The News Leader, profiles UVA professor Cammy Brothers, whose book Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture recently won the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians: Michelangelo stands apart from his contemporaries. But is he [...]


New AAMC Awards and AAMD Director

19 May 2010 | Awards, Museums

The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) has announced its annual awards: Category: Catalogue Based on a Permanent Collection Michael R. Taylor, Marcel Duchamp: Étant donnés Category: Exhibition Catalogue “Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity” (MoMA) Category: Exhibition in the Eastern Time Zone (Tie) “Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity” (MoMA) “Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance [...]


How should we look at public art?

19 May 2010 | Americas, Architecture, Awards, Books, Modern, Museums, News

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has announced that it awarded the annual Eldredge Prize to Kirk Savage for his book Monument Wars.   I should disclose that I am far from impartial on this topic–Savage was my advisor in graduate school.  That said, I think that his book is notable as a model for future scholarship. Rather than framing the official monuments, [...]


Koerner Wins Mellon

28 April 2010 | Awards

Last month, Harvard art historian Joseph Leo Koerner was one of three scholars to receive an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award. “Intended to underscore the decisive contributions the humanities make to the nation’s intellectual life, the awards, amounting to as much as $1.5 million each, honor scholars who have made significant contributions to [...]


2010 Guggenheim Fellowships

16 April 2010 | Awards

Numerous individuals who write on art received 2010 Guggenheim fellowships, an improvement from last year: Mr. Joshua Brown, Executive Director, American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, The Graduate Center, CUNY: The visual culture of the American Civil War. Ms. Sharon E. J. Gerstel, Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology, University of California, Los [...]