Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies

Twentieth-Century Art
Dissertations Completed by Subject, 2009

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Abbamontian, Ramela, “Armenian-American Artists: Forging a Diasporic Identity in Los Angeles” (UCLA, C. Villaseñor-Black)

Adams, Virginia, “Illusion and Disillusionment in the Works of Jeff Wall and Gerhard Richter: Picturing (Post) Modern Life” (Maryland, College Park, S. Mansbach)

Brodsky, Estrellita, “Latin American Artists in Postwar Paris: Jesús Rafael Soto and Julio Le Parc, 1950–1970” (IFA/NYU, E. Sullivan, R. Lubar)

Brooks, LeRonn, “Paradigms for Freedom: Hale Woodruff, the New Negro, and Landscape” (Graduate Center, CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Bussard, Katherine, “Unfamiliar Streets: The Photographs of Richard Avedon, Charles Moore, Martha Rosler and Philip-Lorca Dicorcia” (CUNY, G. Batchen)

Carbonell-Coll, Gisela M., “A Spaniard in New York: Salvador Dalí and American Popular Culture, 1940–1948” (UIUC, J. Mendelson)

Carl, Katherine, “Aoristic Avant-Garde: Experimental Art in 1960s and 1970s Yugoslavia” (SUNY Stony Brook, D. Kuspit)

Cheng, Joyce, “Masks and Puppets: Metamorphosis and Depersonalization in European Avant-Garde Art Criticism, 1915–1939” (Chicago, R. Heller)

Costanzo, Denise, “The Lessons of Rome: Architects at the American Academy, 1947–1966” (Penn State, C. Zabel)

De Armendi, Nicole, “Phenomenological Labyrinths in 1960s and 1970s American Art” (Virginia Commonwealth, R. Hobbs)

Desgagnés, Alexis, “La Russie souterraine: L'émergence de l'iconographie révolutionnaire russe pendant l'Ancien régime, 1855–1917” (Université de Montréal, T. Porterfield)

Ekardt, Philipp, “‘Eher eine Rüsche am Kleid’: Time and Images in Benjamin, Warburg, Kluge” (Yale, C. Jacobs, D. Joselit)

Elcott, Noam, “Cameraless Modernisms: Art, Media, Photograms” (Princeton, C. Armstrong)

Esanu, Octavian, “Transition in Post-Soviet Art: ‘Collective Actions’ Before and After 1989” (Duke, K. Stiles)

Fay, Brendan, “American Photography and Abstraction, 1940–1960: Minor White, Aaron Siskind, and Harry Callahan” (Harvard, R. Kelsey)

Filippone, Christine, “Science, Technology, and Utopias in the Work of Contemporary Women Artists” (Rutgers, J. Marter)

Fisher, Joshua, “The Spiral Jetty in the Landscape of Time and Space” (Iowa, C. Adcock)

Greene, Nikki, “The Rhythm of Glue, Grease, and Grime: Indexicality in the Works of Romare Bearden, David Hammons, and Renee Stout” (Delaware, A. Gibson)

Gustafson, Donna, “At Home in the Sixties: Images of the Home in American Art, 1960–1975” (Rutgers, J. Marter)

Haxall, Daniel, “Cut and Paste Abstraction: Politics, Form, and Identity in Abstract Expressionist Collage” (Penn State, S. Rich)

Jordan, Sharon, “Philosophers, Artists, and Saints: Ernst L. Kirchner and Paintings of Male Friendship, 1914–1917” (CUNY, R. Long)

Kaiserlian, Michelle, “Infinite Transformation: The Modern Craze over the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, c. 1900–1930” (Indiana, Bloomington, M. Facos)

Kohn, Adrian Michael, “Heightened Perception: Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, Robert Irwin, and Larry Bell, 1960–1975” (UT Austin, R. Shiff)

Kudriavtseva, Ekaterina, “The Afterlife of Kazimir Malevich's Black Square” (USC, N. Troy)

Lake, Stephanie, “Bonnie Cashin: Fashion and Costume Design, c. 1923–1985” (The Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

Ledezma, Juan, “Gustav Klutsis, El Lissitzky, and the October Group: Montage and the Post-history of the Constructivist Object in Russia's ‘Reconstruction Period’ (1928–1932)” (Columbia, C. Kiaer, B. Buchloh)

Leeuwrik, Linda, “Blue Riders of the Apocalypse: Kandinsky and Marc in the German Apocalyptic Tradition” (Bryn Mawr, C. Hertel)

Lima, Benjamin, “Wolf Vostell's Décollage and the Forms of Destruction, 1958–1972” (Yale, D. Joselit)

Linssen, Dalia Habib, “‘Imprints of Their Being’: The Photographs of Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel” (Boston, K. Sichel)

Lookofsky, Sarah, “No Such Thing as Society: Art and the Crisis of the European Welfare State” (UC San Diego, L. Stern)

López-Durán, Fabiola, “Eugenics in the Garden: Medicine, Architecture, and Landscape from France to Latin America in the Early Twentieth Century” (MIT, A. Dutta)

Lubowski, Alicia, “The Picture of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt and the Tropical American Landscape” (IFA/NYU, E. Sullivan)

Luke, Megan, “Space for Recognition: The Late Work and Exile of Kurt Schwitters (1930–1948)” (Harvard, Y-A. Bois)

Minioudaki, Kalliopi, “Women in Pop: Difference and Marginality” (IFA/NYU, L. Nochlin)

Murachanian, Jean, “Léon Tutundjian: Trauma, Identity, and Modern Art in the Aftermath of Genocide” (UCLA, C. Villaseñor-Black)

Murayama, Nina, “Donald Judd’s Furniture: From Do-It-Yourself to the Art of Lifestyle” (CUNY, A. Chave)

Niedzielski-Eichner, Nora, “Integrating Modernism: The Migration Paintings of Aaron Douglas, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden” (Stanford, B. Wolf)

Nigro, Carol, “Scribbling across Continents: Cold War Humanism and Phenomenology in Cy Twombly’s Early Works” (Delaware, A. Gibson)

Olds, Kirsten, “Radical Collectivities: North American Artists’ Groups, 1965–1978” (Michigan, A. Potts)

O'Leary, Thomas, “Tokyo Visions: Contemporary Japanese Photography and the Search for a Subjective Documentary” (USC, J. Reynolds)

Oshima, Tetsuya, “The Figure Reemerging: Jackson Pollock’s Cut-Outs, 1948–1956” (CUNY, G. Levin)

Paik, Tricia, “Ellsworth Kelly: The New York Years, 1954–1969” (IFA/NYU, R. Lubar)

Perry, Weena, “America in Ruins: The Image of the Decline and Fall of Cities” (SUNY Stony Brook, M. Bogart)

Polednik, Marcelle, “History in the Making: Sigmar Polke and Photography” (IFA/NYU, R. Lubar)

Quiles, Daniel, “Toward a Counterpublic Sphere: Argentine Conceptual Art, 1966–1976” (CUNY, R. Golan)

Rapp, Karen M., “‘Not the Romantic West’: Site-specific art, Globalization, and Contemporary Landscapes” (Stanford, P. Lee)

Roethke, Leigh, “A Passion for Spain: Españolismo in American Visual Culture” (Minnesota, K. A. Marling)

Rottner, Nadja, “A Theater of Vision: Claes Oldenburg and the Emergence of the Happening” (Columbia, J. Rajchman, R. Krauss, B. Joseph)

Saletnik, Jeffrey, “Pedagogy, Modernism, and Medium Specificity: The Bauhaus and John Cage” (Chicago, R. Heller)

Schwartz-Simon, Malka, “The Space of Production: Brooklyn and Creation of an Urban Industrial Landscape” (IFA/NYU, J-L. Cohen)

Stetler, Pepper, “Bound Vision: Reading the Photographic Book in the Weimar Republic” (Delaware, M. Werth)

Stokic, Jovana, “The Body Beautiful: Feminine Self-Representations, 1970–2007” (IFA/NYU, L. Nochlin)

Strahl-Allen, Lisa, “Gender Construction and Manifestation in the Art of Elaine de Kooning” (Temple, G. Silk)

Sundell, Margaret, “From Fine Art to Fashion: Man Ray’s Ambivalent Avant-Garde” (Columbia, R. Krauss, B. Buchloh)

Susik, Abigail, “The Vertigo of the Modern: Surrealism and the Outmoded” (Columbia, R. Krauss, A. Higonnet)

Travis, Amber, “Theatres of War, Torture, and Disappearance: Leon Golub's Mercenaries, Interrogations, and White Squads, 1976–1987” (Northwestern, S. Eisenman)

Tsuchikane, Yasuko, “Dômoto Inshô (1891–1975) and Buddhist Temple Art in Twentieth-Century Japan” (Columbia, M. McCormick)

Van Hoesen, Brett M., “Weimar Re-visions of Germany's Colonial Past: Max Pechstein, Hannah Höch, László Moholy-Nagy” (Iowa, C. Adcock)

Vazquez, Edward, “Aspects: The Art of Fred Sandback” (Stanford, P. Lee)

Vigneault, Marissa B., “Expanding Spaces and Porous Borders in the Artworking of Bracha L. Ettinger” (Bryn Mawr, S. Z. Levine)

Walker, Lanitra, “Pictures that Satisfy: Modernist Discourses and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Nation in the Art of Irma Stern (1894–1966)” (Duke, R. Powell)

Widrich, Mechtild, “Performative Monuments: Public Art, Commemoration, and History in Postwar Europe” (MIT, C. Jones, M. Buskirk)

Zhu, Xiaoqing, “Pang Xunqin (1906–1985): A Chinese Avant-Garde, 1925–1945” (Maryland, College Park, J. Kuo)