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Jessica Berenbeim
Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2015. 242 pp.; 147 ills. Hardcover $95.00 (9780888441942)
As befits a study of the appearance of documents, Jessica Berenbeim’s Art of Documentation: Documents and Visual Culture in Medieval England is beautifully designed and richly illustrated. It also makes an important contribution to the study of medieval manuscripts, breaking out of traditional disciplinary categorizations to offer new insights that will be of relevance to both art historians and historians. Indeed, the form and function of medieval documents has become an... Full Review
March 23, 2018
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James Meyer
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. 384 pp.; 325 color ills.; 90 b/w ills. Hardcover $60.00 (9780226425108)
Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971. Exhibition schedule: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, September 30, 2016–January 29, 2017; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, March 19–September 10, 2017
Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971, the first museum exhibition to chronicle the eleven-year run of Virginia Dwan’s bicoastal gallery, anticipates the promised gift of the art dealer’s collection to the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC. During a period of incredible transformation in American and European art, Dwan was at the forefront, mounting... Full Review
March 23, 2018
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Kishwar Rizvi
University of North Carolina Press, 2015. 296 pp.; 25 color ills.; 78 b/w ills. Hardcover $37.50 (9781469621166)
When one thinks of architecture in the contemporary Middle East, a mosque is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Today, critics and journalists are more focused on the starchitect museums of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island or the record-setting towers of Dubai and Kuala Lumpur than on places of communal worship. In her volume The Transnational Mosque, however, Kishwar Rizvi counters this perception and contends that mosque architecture is equally a space where the... Full Review
March 22, 2018
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New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art online, http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/, 2017.
Few college instructors or students of art history today are likely to be unfamiliar with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s expansive Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. With over one thousand thematic essays written by experts in the field, as well as more than 7,600 pages featuring artworks from the Met’s collection, the timeline is a formidable and immensely popular online resource.<a... Full Review
March 22, 2018
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Adam Herring
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 258 pp.; 61 color ills.; 10 b/w ills. Hardcover $103.00 (9781107094369)
The Inca Empire, its art, architecture, and culture, often serves as a benchmark for scholarly and popular understanding of ancient Andean culture. For better, and often for worse, scholars are reliant upon the records, and therefore the cultural lens, of Spanish conquerors to interpret those they conquered. Each chapter of Art and Vision in the Inca Empire begins with a Spanish author’s observation written about key moments of the encounter at Cajamarca, a northern city far from... Full Review
March 22, 2018
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The Print Center, Philadelphia, May 12–August 5, 2017
Yoonmi Nam's Still was a simple, direct exhibition: three lithographs, three sculptures, and three Japanese woodblock prints (mokuhanga) displayed a single white room. While the sculptures rested on white perimeter plinths, Nam's lithographs and woodblocks held the walls, delivering spare, nearly diagrammatic flora composed swimmingly on creamy paper. The presentation was elegant and normcore basic, except that the sculptures were facsimiles of throwaways, appearing to be... Full Review
March 20, 2018
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Joanne Pillsbury, Timothy F. Potts, and Kim N. Richter, eds.
Exh. cat. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2017. 311 pp.; 428 color ills. Cloth $59.95 (9781606065488)
J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, September 16, 2017–January 28, 2018; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 27–May 28, 2018
This magnificent exhibition and its corresponding catalogue, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas, are the product of a dedicated four-year research effort that gathered scholars from Latin America and the United States. The exhibition presents approximately three hundred objects that come from fifty-seven museums in thirteen countries. In addition to the prestige of the Getty and the Met, the worldwide recognition of the conscientious scholarship of... Full Review
March 20, 2018
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Larry F. Norman and Anne Leonard, eds.
Chicago: Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2017. 184 pp.; 105 color ills. Paperback $30.00 (9780935573572)
Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, February 16–June 11, 2017
“Our task is not to invent but to continue,” Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres reputedly decreed. The sentiment takes vivid expression in his Apotheosis of Homer of 1827, in the Musée du Louvre. The painting features an immobilized assembly of icons—from Plato to Poussin, from Menander to Mozart—at the foot of the Greek bard, worshipful congregants in the church of classicism. Equating artistic greatness with subservience to ancient precedents, the work advances a vision of classicism... Full Review
March 20, 2018
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Caroline O. Fowler
Studies in Baroque Art (Book 6). Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2017. 178 pp.; 119 color ills. Hardcover €70.00 (9781909400399)
In Drawing and the Senses: An Early Modern History, Caroline Fowler investigates how the printed drawing manual of the early modern period marked an important shift in European artistic pedagogy, not only by making drawing lessons available to a larger audience through the medium of print but by proposing a new course of study that centered upon the representation of the human sensory organs. Thus a page from a 1608 drawing manual by Odoardo Fialetti demonstrated how an artist could... Full Review
March 19, 2018
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Zeynep Çelik
Middle Eastern Studies: Art and Architecture. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016. 282 pp.; 12 color ills.; 89 b/w ills. Paperback $27.95 (9781477310618)
Who owns antiquity? Opening with this deceptively simple question, Zeynep Çelik introduces the core project of her complex and wide-ranging book: to investigate the question from the origins of archaeology as an academic discipline in the nineteenth century. A historical perspective on this question then informs its continued invocation in current international debates regarding ownership of antiquities. More than merely passive witnesses of past human achievement or... Full Review
March 19, 2018
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