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Critical Terms for Art History

Format:  Paperback,

519 pages

Edition: Second Edition,

Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

Publish Date: May 2003

ISBN-13: 9780226571683

ISBN-10: 0226571688

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"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

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Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Publish Date: May 2003
ISBN-13: 9780226571683
ISBN-10: 0226571688
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 519
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.15
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Chapter outline

List of Illustrations
Mediation
At the Place of a Foreword: Someone Looking, Reading, and Writing
Operations
Representation
Sign
Simulacrum
Communications
Word and Image
Narrative
Performance
Style
Context
Meaning/Interpretation
Histories
Originality
Appropriation
Art History
Modernism
Avant-Garde
Primitive
Memory/Monument
Social Relations
Body
Beauty
Ugliness
Ritual
Fetish
Gaze
Gender
Identity
Societies
Production
Commodity
Collecting/Museums
Value
Postmodernism/Postcolonialism
Visual Culture/Visual Studies
Social History of Art
Afterword: Figuration
List of Contributors
Index

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1996-08-01)

This companion volume to Critical Terms for Literary Study (LJ 3/1/90) contains scholarly essays that explore 22 terms commonly used by contemporary art historians. Terms such as representation, originality, appropriation, gaze, and commodity are treated within a historical context, and their influence on art criticism and aesthetics is shown. Here, critical visual theories that utilize the terms are applied to key visual images and objects. The diverse artworks cited include the bronze statue of "The Four Horses of San Marco", Manet's "A Bar at the Folies-Bergre", Walker Evans's photograph "Annie Mae Gudger", and Jeff Koons's "Vacuum Cleaner". Assuming a sophisticated level of art history scholarship, the erudite essays contain numerous bibliographic references. The essays are intended to promote research and debate. Recommended for academic and comprehensive art history collections. Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2003-05-01)

Originally published in 1996, Critical Terms now appears in its second, expanded edition and includes nine new essays on subjects that have reached prominence in the field of art history over the interceding five years (e.g., "Performance", "Body", and "Visual Culture/Visual Studies"). The book thoroughly examines the variable meanings and historic usage of each term or concept selected for inclusion. "Memory/Monument", for example, considers how memorials have informed collective memory and ultimately affect the course of human affairs.

All 31 essays, written by notable figures in the fields of art history and cultural studies, among them Ivan Gaskell, Paul Wood, and Richard Meyer, are carefully conceived and thoroughly accessible. Editors Shiff (Czanne and the End of Impressionism) and Nelson (Visuality Before and Beyond the Renaissance) have given careful consideration to the groupings of their chosen terms and have categorized each under five key rubrics: operations, communications, histories, social relations, and societies. The book is a lighthouse in a field often overshadowed by a miasma of ambiguously articulated theories and multivalent terminology and will prove a vital resource for all comprehensive art libraries.

-Savannah Schroll, formerly with Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

"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

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