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Asia Society Texas Center, Houston. Exhibition schedule: March 26–July 3, 2016
The exhibition We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art took its name from the popular social-media app in China, giving space and voice to ten artists born after the end of the Cultural Revolution (1966–76). These artists are some of China’s “Millennials” (known also as the “Me Generation,” and successors of what might be called the “Mao Generation”), who were of single-digit age during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest-turned-massacre. Self-reflective and uninhibited by... Full Review
July 6, 2017
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Jennifer Tyburczy
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. 296 pp.; 27 b/w ills. Paper $37.50 (9780226315249)
I have been carrying around Jennifer Tyburczy’s Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display for months now, and have received, understandably, quite some attention for it. I have been reading it on my morning commute to work on the train, sitting in cafes and parks with it, and, most notably, have been often seen with it at work, much to the amusement of my students. Not only do people have a lot to say about the title, but the cover image furthers the book’s seductive allure.... Full Review
July 6, 2017
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Diana Nawi, ed.
Exh. cat. New York: Prestel, 2015. 211 pp.; 65 color ills.; 105 b/w ills. Cloth $55.00 (9783791355184)
Exhibition schedule: Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, November 19, 2015–February 21, 2016; Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, June 24–August 22, 2016; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, April 26–September 4, 2017
María Elena Ortiz, ed.
Exh. cat. Miami: Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2015. 128 pp.; 53 color ills.; 12 b/w ills. Cloth $39.95 (9780989854672)
Exhibition schedule: Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, October 15, 2015–March 6, 2016; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, February 17–March 21, 2017
The exhibition Nari Ward: Sun Splashed at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is the first mid-career retrospective of the Jamaica-born artist, and it includes over two decades of his work. It overlapped with Firelei Báez: Bloodlines, a smaller solo exhibition of primarily paintings and drawings by the Dominican Republic-born Báez, a former student of Ward’s. Both artists live and work in New York City—Ward in Harlem and Báez in Brooklyn. Curator Diana Nawi installed Ward’s... Full Review
July 5, 2017
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Sedat Pakay, Kathryn Hubbard, and Barbara Earl Thomas
Exh. cat. Seattle: Northwest African American Museum, 2012. 48 pp.; 35 ills. Paper $19.95 (9780295992105)
James Baldwin in Turkey: Bearing Witness from Another Place is based on nearly thirty images of James Baldwin by Sedat Pakay, a renowned photographer and documentary filmmaker who first met Baldwin when Pakay was a young student at Robert College (now part of Boğaziçi University) in Istanbul. The photographs were originally showcased in an exhibition at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle in 2012. The collection comprises a foreword, several essays by novelists,... Full Review
June 29, 2017
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Megan E. O'Neil
Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012. 274 pp.; 10 color ills.; 123 b/w ills. Cloth $55.00 (9780806142579)
Alexander Parmington
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 288 pp.; 115 b/w ills. Cloth $110.00 (9781107002340)
Megan E. O’Neil’s Engaging Ancient Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala and Alexander Parmington’s Space and Sculpture in the Classic Maya City introduce elements of time and space in discussing how Maya art and architecture operated and expressed meaning. Both scholars take up the topic of the built environment during the Late Classic Period (seventh to ninth century CE) and anchor their analyses to sites near the Usumacinta River (O’Neil studies Piedras Negras in Petén,... Full Review
June 28, 2017
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Christine Göttler, Bart Ramakers, and Joanna Woodall, eds.
Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art, 64. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 400 pp.; 180 color ills. Cloth $157.00 (9789004272156)
Nadia Baadj
(Studies in Baroque Art) (Dutch Edition). Turnhout: Brepols, 2015. 208 pp.; 52 color ills.; 50 b/w ills. Cloth $150.00 (9781909400238)
The history of art in early modern Europe would be unthinkable without Antwerp. And yet until quite recently, Antwerp was a place that nobody talked much about. Scholarship on the southern Netherlandish city (now part of Belgium) long remained the province of local historians, the indefatigable Floris Prims notable among them. And while first Pieter Paul Rubens and then Pieter Bruegel the Elder met with increasing art-historical interest following Belgium’s assertion of independence in 1830,... Full Review
June 28, 2017
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Delinda Collier
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. 264 pp.; 37 b/w ills. Paper $25.00 (9780816694488 )
The topic of remediation has recently come to the forefront of academic study across disciplines ranging from TED talks to symposia merging African art and media studies. It is within this vein that Delinda Collier examines the complexities of remediation in both form and content in Repainting the Walls of Lunda: Information Colonialism and Angolan Art. The text centers its discussion of the varied intricacies of analog and digital media by tracking Chokwe mural and sand (sona)... Full Review
June 23, 2017
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Malcolm Bull
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. 160 pp.; 31 b/w ills. Cloth $24.95 (9780691138848)
What is the truth in painting, and what is truth in reality? Revolving around the learned Giambattista Vico (1668–1744), Malcolm Bull’s Inventing Falsehood, Making Truth: Vico and Neapolitan Painting brings us to Naples in the early eighteenth century, offering an analysis of painting and art theory in correlation with the philosophical concepts and insights of Vico’s work on these matters. Vico was educated in rhetoric and law and taught as a professor of rhetoric while writing a... Full Review
June 22, 2017
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Bastian Eclercy
Exh. cat. New York: Prestel, 2016. 304 pp.; 250 color ills. Cloth $60.00 (9783791355061)
Exhibition schedule: Städel Museum, Frankfurt, February 24–June 5, 2016
Until recently, extensive thematic exhibitions on the Florentine maniera have been confined to Italian and, more specifically, Tuscan institutions. Elsewhere in Europe, however, the last few years have seen a reanimated interest in Mannerism: the latest, in the spring of 2016, was the large-scale exhibition Maniera: Pontormo, Bronzino and Medici Florence at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt. Organized by Bastian Eclercy—chief curator of Italian, French, and Spanish painting at the... Full Review
June 22, 2017
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Giancarla Periti
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016. 304 pp.; 100 color ills.; 110 b/w ills. Cloth $75.00 (9780300214239)
This book about aristocratic nuns and convent patronage offers an interesting characterization of a resulting corpus of “seductive images” of “profane subjects and sensuous forms” in the context of what Giancarla Periti calls “courtly conventual culture” (1). The idea of the courtly convent interior is a clever one, and it certainly provides a touchstone for investigations into patrician nuns, their motivations, their artists, and the visual and perhaps didactic functions of such imagery in... Full Review
June 21, 2017
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