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Reviews of Recent Art Historical Scholarship and Exhibition Catalogs

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Nicole R. Fleetwood Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020. 352 pp.; 95 color ills. $39.95 9780674919228 by Michael Rangel Mass incarceration impacts the lives of Black and Brown communities across the United States at disproportionate and irregular rates. Rarely are those affected given the space or […]

Iter Criminis and El Parque Horizontal: Two Independent Art Catalogues in Cuba

Isel Arango Iter Criminis La Plata: Arte Editorial Servicop, 2020. 44 pp.; 297 x 21cm. 9789878397689 Anamely Ramos El Parque Horizontal La Plata: Arte Editorial Servicop, 2020. 56 pp.; 265 x 20 cm. 9789878397849 by María de Lourdes Mariño In Cuba, within the last decade, artistic expression outside of state institutions has become a cultural […]

L’art et la race: l’African (tout) contre l’œil des Lumières

Anne LaFont L’art et la race: l’African (tout) contre l’œil des Lumières Dijon: Les presses du reel, 2019. 476 pp.; 132 color ills., 8 b/w. €32.00 9782378960162 by Danielle Ezor In 2017, Anne Lafont boldly pointed out that art history, as the study of the visual, is a “remarkably efficient tool” for studying race as […]

The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art During the Second World War

ASATO IKEDA The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art During the Second World War Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2018 144 pp.; 33 color ills., 12 b/w. $60.00 9780824872120 Asato Ikeda’s book The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art During the Second World War offers an important consideration of wartime art. Ikeda, a notable scholar […]

L’Origine du monde: Vie du modèle

Claude Schopp L’Origine du monde: Vie du modèle Paris: Editions Phébus, 2018. 152 pp.; 8 color ills. $14.29 978-2752911780 L’Origine du monde was completed by the French painter Gustave Courbet in 1866. The painting presents a female nude lying against a bedspread. Her thighs open toward us, her jaundiced torso entangled in a white bedsheet. The edge […]

Book Review: ‘ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s’

VALERIE HILLINGS, with contributions from Daniel Birnbaum, Edouard Derom, Johan Pas, Dirk Pörschmann, Margriet Schavemaker. ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2014. 244 pp.; 170 color ills. $65 9780892075140 0892075147 Catalogue of an exhibition held in Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, from October 10, 2014 to January 7, 2015. In […]

Book Review: ‘Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice, and the Decorated Style, 1290-1350’

PAUL BINSKI. Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice, and the Decorated Style, 1290-1350. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014. 452pp.; 140 color ills., 175 b/w. $75.00 9780300204001 Paul Binski is well known among medievalists as an accomplished academic and expert on Gothic art and architecture. In his latest book, Gothic Wonder, which focuses on the art and intentionality of the […]

Book Review: ‘Red Kant: Aesthetics, Marxism, and the Third Critique’

MICHAEL WAYNE. Red Kant: Aesthetics, Marxism, and the Third Critique. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014. 240 pp. $112 9781472511348. Screen media scholar Michael Wayne’s new book, Red Kant: Aesthetics, Marxism, and the Third Critique, offers a cogent and valiant defense of the necessity for sophisticated thinking about aesthetics in our contemporary moment. As with Wayne’s previous […]

Book Review: ‘Permission to be Global/Prácticas Globales’

JEN MERGEL and LIZ MUNSELL. Permission to be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection. Miami: The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, 2013. 135pp. $40.00 paper 9780615911014 In the spring of 2014 the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) mounted Permission to be Global/ Prácticas Globales: Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, the first […]