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The New Art History: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

The New Art History: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

by Jonathan Harris
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The New Art History provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental changes which have occurred in both the institutions and practice of art history over the last thirty years.

Jonathan Harris examines and accounts for the new approaches to the study of art which have been grouped loosely under the term 'the new art history'. He distinguishes between these and earlier forms of 'radical' or 'critical' analysis, explores the influence of other disciplines and traditions on art history, and relates art historical ideas and values to social change.

Structured around an examination of key texts by major contemporary critics, including Tim Clarke, Griselda Pollock, Fred Orton, Albert Boime, Alan Wallach and Laura Mulvey, each chapter discusses a key moment in the discipline of art history, tracing the development and interaction of Marxist, feminist and psychoanalytic critical theories. Individual chapters include: * Capitalist Modernity, the Nation-State and Visual Representation * Feminism, Art, and Art History * Subjects, Identities and Visual Ideology * Structures and Meanings in Art and Society * The Representation of Sexuality

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415230087
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/20/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Harris is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at Liverpool University. He is the author of Federal Art and National Culture (Cambridge University Press 1995), co-author of Modernism in Dispute: Art Since the Forties (Yale University Press 1993), and co-editor of Art in Modern Culture (Phaidon 1992).

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsix
Aims and readers1
New, critical, radical, social6
Terms and texts10
Readings, meanings, values, and politics17
Art history, radical art history, and real history22
1Radical art history: back to its future?35
Prejudices, perspectives, and principles35
For 'new' read 'old'?39
Politics, modernity, and radical art history43
Structure, agency, and art47
Select bibliography60
2Capitalist modernity, the nation-state, and visual representation63
'... no art history apart from other kinds of history'64
Elements within 'the social history of art'67
Institutions and ideologies73
Meanings and materialism81
Select bibliography91
3Feminism, art, and art history95
Politics, position, perspective96
Greatness, creativity, and cultural value100
Ideologies, sexual difference, and social change106
Modernism, modernity, and feminist art history in the 1990s113
Select bibliography126
4Subjects, identities, and visual ideology129
Psychoanalysis and radical politics after the 1960s130
Self, sex, society, and culture136
Psychoanalysis and systems of signification143
Sight, social ordering, and subjectivity147
Select bibliography159
5Structures and meanings in art and society161
Signs, discourse, and society162
Marks and meanings166
Making and masking the 'real'170
Perception, narration, and 'visual culture'178
Select bibliography190
6Searching, after certainties193
Beyond subjects and structures194
Signs, surfaces, and civilisation196
Politics, culture, and post-modernism208
Cultivating nature213
Select bibliography225
7Sexualities represented227
Matter and materialism228
Semantic/somatic: Charles Demuth and Rosa Bonheur232
Body heat241
The matter of ideals246
Select bibliography259
Conclusion: the means and ends of radical art history261
Radicalism in art history and 'identity-politics'262
Race and representation267
Somatic/aesthetic/exotic: bodies and blackness276
'Arguments and values', not 'theories and methods'285
Select bibliography290

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