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The Art of Art History A Critical Anthology,9780199229840

The Art of Art History A Critical Anthology

Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 4/15/2009
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press


What is art history? Why, how, and where did it originate, and how have its methods changed over time? The history of art has been written and rewritten since classical antiquity. Since the foundation of the modern discipline of art history in Germany in the late eighteenth century, debates about art and its histories have intensified. Historians, philosophers, psychologists, and anthropologists among others have changed our notions of what art history has been, is, and might be. This anthology is a guide to understanding art history through critical reading of the field's most innovative and influential texts, focusing on the past two centuries. Each section focuses on a key issue: art as history; aesthetics; form, content, and style; anthropology; meaning and interpretation; authorship and identity; and the phenomenon of globalization. More than thirty readings from writers as diverse as Winckelmann, Kant, Mary Kelly, and Michel Foucault are brought together, with editorial introductions to each topic providing background information, bibliographies, and critical elucidations of the issues at stake. This updated and expanded edition contains sixteen newly included extracts from key thinkers in the history of art, from Giorgio Vasari to Walter Benjamin and Satya Mohanty; a new section on globalization; and also a new concluding essay from Donald Preziosi on the tasks of the art historian today.

Author Biography

Author of a dozen books on art, architecture, museology, and critical and cultural theory, Donald Preziosi received his doctorate in art history from Harvard and has been a professor of art history at Yale, MIT, UCLA, and Oxford, where he was the Slade Professor of Fine Art in 2000-2001. He is a member of the History Faculty at Oxford University and Emeritus Professor of Art History and Critical Theory at UCLA. In 2005-2006 he was an Andrew Mellon Foundation Distinguished Emeritus Faculty Fellow and in 2007 a MacGeorge Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is currently working on a study of the complex relations between art and religion in the Western tradition.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the New Edition
Art History: Making the Visible Legible
Art as History
Preface to Part III of 'The Lives'
Reflections on the Imitation of Greek Works in Painting and Sculpture
Winckelmann Divided: Mourning the Death of Art History
Patterns of Intention
What is Enlightenment?
Philosophy of Fine Art
Impure Mimesis, or the Ends of the Aesthetic
Form, Content, and Style
Principles of Art History
'Form', Nineteenth-Century Metaphysics, and the Problem of Art Historical Description
Anthropology and/or Art History
Leading Characteristics of the Late Roman 'Kunstwollen'
Images from the Region of the Pueblo Indians of North America
Warburg's Concept of 'Kunstwissenschaft' and its Meaning for Aesthetics
Silent Moves: On Excluding the Ethnographic Subject from the Discourse of Art History
Mechanisms of Meaning
Iconography and Iconology: An Introduction to the Study of Renaissance Art
Semiotics and Iconography
Semiotics and Art History: A Discussion of Contexts and Senders
The Limits of Interpretation
The Temptation of New Perspectives
The Origin of the Work of Art
The Still Life as a Personal Object - a Note on Heidegger and van Gogh
Restitutions of the Truth in Pointing [Pointure]
Authorship and Identity
What is an Author?
The Discourse of Others: Feminists and Postmodernism
Re-Viewing Modernist Criticism
Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory
Postmodern Automatons
'Every Man Knows How Beauty Gives Him Pleasure': Beauty Discourse and the Logic of Aesthetics
Queer Wallpaper
Globalization and its Discontents
Orientalism and the Exhibitionary Order
The Museum as Ritual
The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility (Third Version)
Can Our Values be Objective? On Ethics, Aesthetics, and Progessive Politics
Visual Culture Studies: Questions of History, Theory, and Practice
'Life-Like': Historicizing Process in Digital Art
Epilogue: The Art of Art History
Coda: Plato's Dilemma and the Tasks of the Art Historian Today
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