Critical terms for art history
- edited by Robert S. Nelson and Richard Shiff.
- 2nd ed.
- Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003.
- Physical description
- xxi, 519 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Publisher's Summary
- Art has always been contested terrain, whether the object in question is a mediaeval 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 them 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 22 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226571669 20160528
- In addition to the 22 original essays, this edition includes 9 new ones 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 it accessible.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226571683 20160528
- Publication date
- 0226571661 (cloth)
- 0226571688 (paper)
- 9780226571669 (cloth)
- 9780226571683 (paper)
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