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Recently Published Reviews

H. Rodney Nevitt
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 320 pp.; 88 b/w ills. Cloth $110.00 (0521643295)
Art and the Culture of Love in Seventeenth-Century Holland is rich in ideas and, at least to this reader, sometimes provocative in method. This beautifully produced book raises the important matter of ambivalence in seventeenth-century Dutch works of art, using the theme of love in genre paintings, prints, and book illustrations to show how this ambivalence takes shape. Nevitt’s main explanation is that works of art “accommodate the complexity of the culture that produced them”... Full Review
February 13, 2004
See Christopher Reed's review of Dandies: Fashion and Finesse in Art and Culture edited by Susan Fillin-Yeh. In the following two letters, Susan Fillin-Yeh, editor of Dandies: Fashion and Finesse in Art and Culture (New York: New York University Press, 2001), and Robert E.... Full Review
February 9, 2004
Gary Shapiro
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. 458 pp.; 34 b/w ills. Paper $30.00 (0226750477)
There is much to recommend about Gary Shapiro’s latest book to readers of these reviews. It is well written, liberally illustrated, and thoroughly researched, and it clarifies insights that have not yet come to the attention of most authors. In short, this book is original and compelling, warranting the attention of those seeking a philosophical basis for their art-critical perspectives. Archaeologies of Vision: Foucault and Nietzsche on Seeing and Saying is, above all, a... Full Review
February 6, 2004
David Carrier
Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2002. 144 pp. Cloth $95.00 (0275975207)
In graduate school, a fellow student once told me, “Rosalind Krauss exists for you to react against.” In his recent book, David Carrier assumes a similar stance, portraying Krauss as a critic who is brilliant, provocative, and constantly refining her ideas in order to challenge accepted beliefs. Carrier works from the premise that Krauss’s rise in the post-Greenberg era parallels the rise of American philosophical art criticism, and that the story of both offers insight into... Full Review
February 2, 2004
Vidya Dehejia
Exh. cat. New York: American Federation of Arts in association with University of Washington Press, 2003. 255 pp.; 49 color ills.; 40 b/w ills. Cloth $49.95 (0295982845)
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 10, 2002–March 9, 2003; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Tex., April 4–June 15, 2003; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, July 6–September 14, 2003
This book, published to accompany the touring exhibition of ninth- to thirteenth-century south Indian bronzes that opened at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., follows the trend of recontextualizing works of Indian sculpture that began with the Asia Society exhibition, Gods, Guardians, and Lovers: Temple Sculptures from Northern India, A.D. 700–1200 (1993). These bronze figures of deities and saints are examined against the backdrop of the religious and literary... Full Review
January 30, 2004
Sibel Bozdoğan
Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001. 380 pp.; 240 ills. Cloth $30.00 (0295981520)
See Bernd Nicolai’s review of this book “All nationalist architecture is bad, but all good architecture is national.” Bruno Taut, 1938. The formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk may be seen as one of the most radical and revolutionary moments in twentieth-century world history. With it came the end of the six-hundred-year-old Ottoman imperium, the... Full Review
January 29, 2004
Gabriele Paleotti
Ed. Stefano della Torre; trans. Gian Franco Freguglia. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Cad & Wellness, 2002. 328 pp. Paper €25.00 (8820973588)
Gabriele Paleotti (1522–1597) of Bologna was among the most important ecclesiastical reformers and writers on sacred art in post-Tridentine Italy. After receiving a degree in canon law from the Studio di Bologna in 1546, he was appointed an uditore di Rota in Rome in 1556. He subsequently served as the Rota’s counselor to the papal legates during the final session of the Council of Trent (1561–63). Pope Pius IV appointed Paleotti to the Congregation of the Council to study the... Full Review
January 27, 2004
Catherine E. Karkov and Fred Orton, eds.
Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2002. 240 pp.; 4 color ills.; 34 b/w ills. Cloth $45.00 (0937058793)
The concept of difference unites the essays in Theorizing Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture. Though comprised of six papers from a day-long seminar at the 1998 International Congress at Leeds, this collection arrives in two parts: essays by Jane Hawkes and Catherine E. Karkov look at relatively little-known examples of Anglo-Saxon eighth and ninth-century sculpture, and contributions by Fred Orton, Richard N. Bailey, Ian Wood, and Éamonn Ò Carragáin engage in an often-argumentative... Full Review
January 20, 2004
Jane Green and Leah Levy, eds.
Intro. Marla Prather. Berkeley: University of California Press in association with Whitney Museum of American Art, 2003. 226 pp.; 13 color ills.; 78 b/w ills. Cloth $50.00 (0520233557)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, October 2, 2003–February 29, 2004
Jay DeFeo and The Rose is the long-awaited monograph dedicated solely to this artist and her best-known painting. Its eleven essays from a prestigious roster of authors work together to situate DeFeo’s achievements within American postwar art, and its thirteen color plates and seventy-eight black-and-white photographs sustain these texts and enhance the reader’s experience. Challenging art-historical essays by her biographer Richard Cándida-Smith and art critic Carter Ratcliff... Full Review
January 15, 2004
Barbara A. Barletta
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. 232 pp.; 87 b/w ills. Cloth $70.00 (0521792452)
In his Ten Books on Architecture, Vitruvius provides the earliest surviving account of the origins of what we have called, since the Renaissance, the orders of Greek architecture. Vitruvius, however, wrote during the early years of the Roman Empire—some six hundred years after the orders first developed—and his first-hand experience of early Greek architecture must have been limited at best. The numerous Greek treatises on architecture that he had at his disposal and to which... Full Review
January 13, 2004