Art Journal

An academic journal publishing original contributions on the visual arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Content includes scholarly articles, interviews, conversations, forums, speculations, working notes, pedagogical essays, and artists? projects relevan

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 3, Fall

Aesthetics and Values; Art and Politics
David Craven. Poetics and Politics in the Art of Rudolf Baranik. Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1997. Foreword by Elizabeth Hess. 211 pp., 27 b/w ills. $49.95. For college students emerging during the late sixties, their political consciousness...
Agnes Martin
Agnes Martin is a legend in American art. The spare abstract paintings she has produced over the past forty years-graphite lines drawn across white, gray, or delicately colored canvases-are as little-changing as icons. Her published observations on art...
American Canvas: A Roundtable on the 1997 NEA Report
On October 13, 1997, the New York Times ran a front-page story with the bombshell headline "Study Links Drop in Support to Elitist Attitude in the Arts." The study is American Canvas, a Igo-page book published by the National Endowment for the Arts and...
American Visions at the Paris Exposition, 1900: Another Look at Frances Benjamin Johnston's Hampton Photographs
It is a peculiar sensation, this double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others. -W. E. B. DuBois, 1903 In July 1900 Frances Benjamin Johnston set sail for Europe, where she was to present an exhibition of...
A Native Hawaiian Visual Language Project
Herman Pi'ikea Clark designed this project as the first assignment in an inaugural 4oo-level course on Contemporary Native Hawaiian Visual Language at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in Honolulu in Spring 1998. It is also part of a 100-level course...
An Essential Reprint in Stereography
William C. Darrah. The World of Stereographs. 1977. Reprint, Nashville: Land Yacht Press, 1997. 246 pp., 30I b/w ills. $21.95 paper. The late twentieth-century conception of the history of photography differs radically in many aspects from the actual...
Biblical Gender Bending in Harlem: The Queer Performance of Nugent's Salome
Just before his death in 1987, the African American artist and poet Richard Bruce Nugent vividly recalled how he had negotiated the politics of sexual identity in Harlem of the late 1920s: "I've been asked how I was able to write so openly about homosexuality...
Daybook, Turn, Prospect: The Journey of an Artist
Anne Truitt. Daybook, Turn, Prospect The Journey of an Artist. New York: Penguin, 1997.$12.95 paper (each). When Anne Truitt's first book, Daybook: The Journey of an Artist, appeared in 1982, it occasioned a cult of admirers that continued to grow with...
Locating Race in Late Colonial Mexico
It is a warm summer morning in late eighteenth-century Mexico City. An evening rain has left a soft haze hanging over the cobblestone streets; the sweet smell of wood fires fills the nostrils as street vendors prepare fresh tortillas; the swishing sound...
Master Narratives/minority Artists
[E]very people in whose soul an inferiority complex has been created by the death and burial of its . . .cultural originality-finds itself face to face with the language of the civilizing nation; that is, with the culture of the mother country. -Frantz...
Parisian Views
Shelley Rice. Parisian Views. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1997. 267 pp., 98 b/w ills. $35. From her scrutiny of the photodocumentation of Second Empire Paris (before, during, and after Baron Haussmann forever altered the old medieval city), New York...
Paul Cadmus
Statistics are notoriously unreliable markers of historical experience. Their claims to numerical objectivity, to bedrock truth, are ones we have come increasingly to distrust. There are times, however, when a statistic may reveal something else or something...
Pedagogical Sights/sites: Producing Colonialism and Practicing Art in the Pacific
Producing "Blank/Whiteness" Students in art are routinely educated to associate the beginning of their creative efforts with blankness-the white sheet of drawing paper, the gessoed canvas, the blue screen of the video monitor. But what if this surface...
The Act and the Object
The Act and the Object Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979. Exh. cat. Edited by Paul Schimmel and Russell Ferguson. Los Angeles:The Museum of Contemporary Art and NewYork: Thames and Hudson, 1998. Essays by Schimmel, Shinichiro...
The Colonial Self: Homosexuality and Mestizaje in the Art of Nahum B. Zenil
Nahum Bernabe Zenil's Tiro de dardos (Dart Game, 1994) (fig. 1 ) is a frontal, three-quarter-length, nude self-portrait. The artist's body fuses with the background-a dartboard painted in the red, green, and white of the Mexican flag-and his bright red...
The Freeze Generation and Beyond
The Freeze Generation and Beyond Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection. Exh. cat. London: Royal Academy of Arts and New York Thames and Hudson, 1998. Essays by Brooks Adams, Lisa Jardine, Martin Malony, Norman Rosenthal, and Richard...
Visualizing Race: A Lifelong Process and Training
As both experience and idea, "race" has taken on cult status in our contemporary moment. Race has always been a volatile entity, a slippery creation in the turbulent domain of classification schemes, which has become "critical for organizing our social,...
What Is Black Art?
Richard J. Powell. Black Art and Culture in the 20th Century. New York:Thames and Hudson, 1996.256 pp., 31 color ills, 145 b/w. $29.95, $14.95 paper. Alan Read, ed. The Fact of Blackness: Frantz Fanon and Visual Representation. Seattle: Bay Press, 1996.212...
Women Artists of Italian Futurism: Almost Lost to History
Mirella Bentivoglio and Franca Zoccoli. Women Artists of Italian Futurism:Almost Lost to History. New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 1997. 208 pp., I5 color ills., 82 biw. $35 paper. It is a real testimony to the persistence of the creative impulse that...