The Art Bulletin

The Art Bulletin publishes scholarship in all aspects of art history as practiced in the academy, museums, and other institutions. The Art Bulletin publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles and reviews in the area of art history.

Articles from Vol. 95, No. 1, March

Cézanne's "Primitive" Perspective, or the "View from Everywhere"
I paint as I see, as I perceive. - Paul Cézanne to Stock, "Le Salon," 1870'Look, that tree trunk: between us and it there is a space, an atmosphere, I grant you that. But then again it is this palpable, resistant trunk, this body. . . . See like someone...
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Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History's Black and Indian Subject/Remaking Race and History: The Sculpture of Meta Warrick Fuller/Making Race: Modernism and "Racial Art" in America
KIRSTEN PAI BUICK Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History's Black and Indian Subject Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2010. 297 pp.; 16 color ills., 33 b/w. $94.95, $25.95 paperRENÉE ATER Remaking Race and History: The...
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Ingres's Shadows
In 1855, the year that Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres enjoyed a retrospective exhibition in a private gallery at the Paris Exposition Universelle, a disconcerting aspect to "sculptural painting" was eminendy on view. That year, die photographer, artist,...
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Meaningful Spectacles: Gothic Ivories Staging the Divine
The history of metheval art in the West is that of a struggle to transform into meaningful spectacle the spiritual impoverishment of visible things that had been delegated to a "second order" of signification. - Michael Camille, Gothic Idol, 19891In...
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Notes from the Field
MaterialityMartha RosierWhere does meaning reside? How do we read the shape of significance in things imbued with human interest? We can regard the embodiment of something, its objectness, separately from its physical existence and irrespective of its...
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Process/Procession: William Kentridge and the Process of Change
Limping, twirling, tumbling forward, the motley characters of William Kentridge's first major drawing of a procession, Arc/ Procession: Develop, Catch Up, Even Surpass (1990), skid into the future of the new Soudi Africa (Fig. 1). This monumental drawing...
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Regarding Art and Art History
There is more than one way of writing about what you can and cannot see:She is older than the rocks among which she sits; like the vampire, she has been dead many times, and learned the secrets of die grave and has been a diver in deep seas, and keeps...
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Secrets of the Sacred: Empowering Buddhist Images in Clear, in Code, and in Cache
HELMUT BRINKER Secrets of the Sacred: Empowering Buddhist Images in Clear, in Code, and in Cache Lawrence: Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas; Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011. 224 pp.; 116 b/w ills. $50.00Over the centuries...
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Sites That Have Mattered: Svetlana Alpers in Conversation with Stephen Melville
Stephen Melville: So, as you know, Svetlana, we've agreed to try to structure this conversation around various sites or institutions that seem to matter to you: the university, the museum, and something we're at least tentatively calling the studio.1...
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The Art Bulletin at One Hundred
March 2013 marks the centenary of The Art Bulletin. At the front of this issue the reader will see how the journal's cover appeared one hundred years ago. A similar font appears on today's covers, but the format is larger, and each cover includes a photograph....
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The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915
ELIZABETH HUTCHINSON The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915 Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2009. 277 pp.; 8 color ills., 80 b/w. $89.95; $24.95 paperIn 1918 the American critic Van Wyck Brooks...
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The Night Banquet: A Chinese Scroll through Time
DE-NIN D. LEE The Night Banquet: A Chinese Scroll through Time Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2010. 172 pp.; 16 color ills., 15 b/w. $40.00The Night Banquet of Han Xizai is among the most recognized Chinese handscrolls in the field of art history,...
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What's in a Name? Photography and the Reinvention of Visual Truth in China, 1840-1911
The new technology of photography was introduced to Western culture in the late 1830s without immediate consensus on what it should be named. Joseph Niépce had been calling his process "heliography" (sun drawing) for several years before the public announcement...
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