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Vol. 17, No. 3, Annual

Subsistence to Agribusiness: American Farmstead Imagery in the Nineteenth Century
Images of the American farmstead in the first half of the nineteenth century, particularly in the Northeast, reveal a shift in the way humans interacted with the land and the changes wrought upon the land by human actions. Viewed in relation to American...
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Bayou Bohemia: Early Modernism in Houston
The focus on New York groups such as the 291 and the Society of Independent Artists, and on their importance in disseminating Modernist artistic theories to the rest of the United States, has tended to overshadow the significant role played by individuals...
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Radical Reconfiguration: Appropriation, Assemblage, and Masked Hybridity in Jean Dubuffet's Postwar Portraits
Gazing confrontationally yet ambiguously at the viewer, Jean Dubuffet's Portrait of Jean Paulhan (fig. 1) is one of his most enigmatic paintings. One of several portraits of this author, publisher of the Nouvelle Revue Frangaise, and arts patron, it...
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Facing the Real: Arman's Accumulations
In 1959, Arman (b. Armand Fernandez; 1928-2005) began work on a series of assemblages that would soon help to establish the new, object-based realism of postwar France. Called the Accumulations, these collections of like objects amassed inside shallow...
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An Interview with Stacey M. Holloway
At the 2017 annual conference in Columbus, Stacey M. Holloway was named the winner of the annual SECAC Artist's Fellowship. An installation-based artist and sculptor, Holloway received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2009, and worked as...
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Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism
Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism Denver Art Museum | Denver, Colorado October 22, 2017-January 15, 2018 Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism featured works by 37 female artists, from across Europe (including...
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Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen
Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Chicago, Illinois February 24-May 20, 2018 Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen is the first major survey of the multidisciplinary artist and activist Howardena...
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Rodin: The Human Experience
Rodin: The Human Experience Jepson Center for the Arts | Savannah, Georgia September 1, 2017-January 7, 2018 In 2017, exhibitions worldwide marked the centennial of the death of pioneering French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Over the...
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Cristobal De Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque
Cristobal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, New York July 25-October 15, 2017 Cristobal de Villalpando (c. 1649-1714) was Mexico's leading viceregal painter in the late seventeenth century....
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Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics: Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston, Massachusetts October 18, 2017-April 1, 2018 The wave of interdisciplinary research and collaboration...
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Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer
Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, New York November 13, 2017-February 12, 2018 Michelangelo? Of course, it will be a blockbuster. But Michelangelo's Drawings? Attracting more than 700,000 visitors...
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Native Art Now! Developments in Contemporary Native American Art since 1992
Native Art Now! Developments in Contemporary Native American Art Since 1992 Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art Indianapolis, Indiana November 11, 2017-January 28, 2018 Native Art Now! Developments in Contemporary Native American...
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No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man March 30, 2018-January 21, 2019 No Spectators: Beyond the Renwick March 30, 2018-December 2018 City of Dust: The Evolution of Burning Man March 30, 2018-September 16, 2018 Renwick Gallery of the...
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Democratising Beauty in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Art and the Politics of Public Life
Democratising Beauty in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Art and the Politics of Public Life Lucy Hartley Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017 (Series: Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture). 296 pages, 35 b/w illustrations....
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Manet: A Symbolic Revolution Pierre Bourdieu
Manet: A Symbolic Revolution Pierre Bourdieu Translated by Peter Collier and Margaret Rigaud-Drayton Cambridge/New York: Polity Press, 2017. 576 pages, 42 b&w and 42 color illustrations $45.00 (hardback). ISBN: 978-1-509-50009-3 Manet:...
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Boredom
Boredom Tom McDonough, editor Cambridge: MIT Press, 2017. 240 pages, one b&w cover illustration. $24.95 paperback. ISBN: 978-0-262-53344-7 Calling forth a "singular spectator who, too bored to follow the plot, discovers that there...
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Vol. 17, No. 2, Annual

Monstrous Allure: Polyphemus in Pompeii
The myth of Polyphemus inherited by the Romans reflects and enriches the complexity found in the depictions of monsters in the ancient world. (1) The giant cyclops of Homeric epic was depicted in art as physically different from humans, but his monstrousness...
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Architecture and Memory in Jacques-Louis David's Sabine Women
Indocti discant et ament meminisse periti. (1) In the past twenty years, Jacques-Louis David's Sabine Women has been the subject of renewed attention in art historical literature. Many scholars--including Thomas Crow, Dorothy Johnson, Darcy Grimaldo...
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Shattered Landscapes: Revolutionary Ruins in the Virginian Watercolors of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
For viewers familiar with the celebratory tradition in which artists in the United States commemorated the Revolutionary War, the watercolor oeuvre of Benjamin Henry Latrobe comes as a shock. In the March 1796 study, View of Part of the Ruins of Norfolk,...
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The West Virginia New Deal: Blanche Lazzell's Mural in Morgantown
"I have volunteered to do the decoration back of the judge's seat in the courthouse here [Morgantown] as skilled labor. Will know tomorrow if it is possible now, if not, I will surely write to Washington."--Blanche Lazzell (1) In a quiet courthouse...
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An Interview with Eloisa Guanlao
Will you describe your current project, Noli Me Tangere, which was awarded the 2016 SECAC Artist's Fellowship? Noli Me Tangere is a return to childhood, not just mine, but my father's, and all Filipinos who have immigrated abroad. It is a two-part...
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Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction
Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction Museum of Modern Art | New York, New York | November 21, 2016-March 19, 2017 For many artists, scholars, critics, and curators of twentieth century art, few presentations...
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Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt
Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt National Gallery of Art | Washington, D.C. October 4, 2016-January 2,2017 A remarkable exhibition of drawings from the Dutch Golden Age was, curiously enough, advertised with a painting. Despite...
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Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter
Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter Museum of Modern Art | New York, New York October 1, 2016-January 22, 2017 Today's global instability has resulted in an unprecedented rise in the number of refugees fleeing untenable and oppressive...
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Artemisia Gentileschi E Il Suo Tempo (Artemisia Gentileschi and Her Times)
Artemisia Gentileschi e il suo tempo (Artemisia Gentileschi and Her Times) Museo di Roma, Palazzo Braschi Rome, Italy November 30, 2016-May 7, 2017 Spectacular! This was the only possible response to the exhibition in Rome of thirty of Artemisia...
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Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty
Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, New York | November 4, 2016-May 7, 2017 Co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty formed part of A Year...
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Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915-1950
Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915-1950 High Museum of Art | Atlanta, Georgia | February 12-May 7, 2017 Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915-1950, co-organized with the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds...
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Dispatches
Dispatches Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art | Winston-Salem, North Carolina November 1, 2016-February 19, 2017 Opening during the final days of a contentious U.S. presidential campaign season that revealed deep social divides and sparked...
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Vol. 17, No. 1, Annual

Gee, He Has No Brushstroke: Gender Performance in Andy Warhol's Oxidation Paintings
Beginning in 1977, Andy Warhol and his assistants worked on a series of expressive and nonrepresentational Oxidation Paintings for which they urinated onto canvases coated with copper-based acrylic paint (Fig. 1). The uric acid forced the metallic...
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Looking through the Parisian Window: Caillebotte, Zola, and the Post-Haussmann Interior
In 1870, the French Second Empire came to its end as Emperor Napoleon III surrendered in the Battle of Sedan (Franco-Prussian War). The year also marks the official end of the Emperor's nearly two-decades long aggressive urban renewal project commonly...
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"In the Middle of Nowhere": Robert Irwin's Experiments with the Art and Technology Program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1968-1970
At that time, around 1968 ... I had already gotten rid of my studio and had essentially put myself out in the middle of nowhere. It was as if the whole floor of my activity had fallen out. So I thought what was really interesting about the prospect...
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God as Cult Initiate: Dionysos and the Eleusinian Mysteries in Greek Vase-Painting
Dionysos, the Greek god of wine, had a well-established iconography in Athenian black-figure and red-figure ceramics during the Archaic period. Thus, when a vase-painter of this time represented him in ways that diverged from convention, such imagery...
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Interview with Duane Paxson
Duane Paxson is an adjunct instructor of visual arts at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He earned an MFA in sculpture in 1984 from The University of Alabama. He received the SECAC Fellowship award in 2015 and exhibited Malelingue, the installation...
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Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master
Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master Denver Art Museum | Denver, Colorado | June 5, 2015-January 3, 2016 Gunther Gerzso's paintings are captivating and powerful. Like jewels, they are personal, technically precise, deep, rich in color, and worn....
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The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky
The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, New York March 3-May 10, 2015 The comprehensive exhibition entitled The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky originated at the Musee du quai Branly...
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Francis Alys: A Story of Negotiation
Francis Alys: A Story of Negotiation MALBA: Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina | November 6, 2015-February 15, 2016 A man scans the arid landscape south of Mexico City, watching for one of the frequent...
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From Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life
From Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 27, 2015-January 10, 2016 From Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life, curated by Mark Mitchell, staged an artful...
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The Last Laugh: Selections from Michael Aurbach's Secrecy Series
The Last Laugh: Selections from Michael Aurbach's Secrecy Series Fine Arts Gallery, Vanderbilt University | Nashville, Tennessee | January 14-March 3, 2016 Those who know Michael Aurbach viewed the exhibition honoring his retirement from Vanderbilt...
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Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns
Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns British Museum | London, England | September 10-December 6, 2015 Metalpoint's spun silver and gold lines have entangled artists since the Renaissance. The technique employs a stylus, fitted...
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Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye
Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth, Texas November 8, 2015--February 14, 2016 Recognized by many critics in his own time as the leader of the Impressionist group, Gustave Caillebotte remains today a marginalized...
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David Maisel/Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime
David Maisel/Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, University of Alabama-Birmingham | Birmingham, Alabama August 28-November 14, 2015 This exhibition of twenty-eight large-scale...
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Vol. 16, No. 5, Annual

(Il)literate Engagement: A Case Study of a Moche Strombus Galeatus Stirrup-Spout Vessel from the Museo Larco Collection
"... naturalism is always a possibility if there is a cultural need and desire for it." (2)--Esther Pasztory The Moche were a coastal society located in northern Peru dating from about 100 to about 800 AD. (3) Despite the thousands of years that...
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Death in Florence: The Seventh Work of Mercy and the Early Misericordia
Sooner or later all visitors to Florence invariably congregate in the city's Cathedral Square, the famous Piazza del Duomo and the contiguous Piazza San Giovanni, to marvel at the enormous Santa Maria del Fiore church, its baptistry and bell tower,...
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The Medici Pope, Curative Puns, and a Panacean Dwarf in the Sala Di Costantino
In 1513, Giovanni de' Medici realized his family's great ambition when he was elevated to the papacy, thus bringing bona fide princely stature to the Florentine banking dynasty. Adopting the name Leo X and embracing the well-established pun on the...
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Degas and Manzi's Vingt Dessins
Degas and Manzi's Vingt dessins An Experimental Collaboration in Print Vingt dessins is a curated selection of twenty drawings, chosen by Edgar Degas from throughout his career and meant to engage the viewer in contemplation on his growth as...
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Towards a Kinetic Architectural History
Towards a Kinetic Architectural History James Ackerman and the Moving Viewer, 1942-1961 In a poetic sense, the awarding of the 1961 Hitchcock Medal to James Ackerman for his book The Architecture of Michelangelo was meaningfully appropriate....
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Leonardo's Botanical Drawings Shed New Light on the North Carolina Museum of Art's: Portrait of a Youth Crowned with Flowers, Attributed to Boltraffio
For the past fifty years a small quattrocento oil on walnut painting has been part of the permanent collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, North Carolina (fig. 1). It is exhibited today as Portrait of a Youth Crowned with...
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An Interview with Derek Larson
Derek Larson is an Assistant Professor of Art in Animation, 4D Design, and New Media at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. He was awarded the 2014 SECAC Artist's Fellowship, and he presented a portion of work based on his current research...
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Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy
Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy Frist Center for the Visual Arts | Nashville, Tennessee | October 31, 2014-January 25, 2015 Italian art lovers of the region celebrated the multi-sensory,...
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Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings
Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings The Morgan Library & Museum | New York, New York | January 17-May 11, 2014 Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings was the first exhibition of the Morgan's small...
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The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters
The Paris of ToulouseLautrec: Prints and Posters The Museum of Modern Art New York, New York July 26, 2014-March 22, 2015 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) made the most of his brief, awkward life. In a mature career lasting barely a decade,...
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Double Vision: The Culture China-Overseas Chinese Women's Invitational Exhibition
Double Vision: The Culture China-Overseas Chinese Women's Invitational Exhibition He Xiangning Art Museum | Shenzhen, China | November 8, 2014--March 8, 2015 In the fully globalized twentyfirst century, can a group show based on the national...
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ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s
ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York, New York | October 10, 2014-January 7, 2015 From October 2014 to January 2015 a massive black flag inscribed with the word "ZERO" in bold sans-serif capital letters...
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William Dunlap: What Boys Paint
William Dunlap: What Boys Paint Gallery 130, The University of Mississippi | Oxford, Mississippi | October 13-November 7, 2014 "What do boys paint?" William Dunlap, a son of the South born in 1944 during WWII, paints objects he considers to be...
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Teen Paranormal Romance
Teen Paranormal Romance Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Atlanta, Georgia October 25, 2014-January 17, 2015 Though organized by the University of Chicago's Renaissance Society, Teen Paranormal Romance found a perfect exhibition space when it...
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The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak
The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak Mary Miller and Claudia Brittenham Austin, University of Texas Press, 2013, 285 pages, over 340 ills, most in color; 5 maps and plans, 3 foldout plates; $55.00 cloth....
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A Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome
A Sisterhood of Sculptors: American Artists in Nineteenth-Century Rome Melissa Dabakis University Park, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014, 304 pages. 100 b/w ills; $59.95 cloth, $29.95 paper. ISBN 978-0-27106219-8 Between 1850...
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The Art of Secularism: The Cultural Politics of Modernist Art in Contemporary India
The Art of Secularism: The Cultural Politics of Modernist Art in Contemporary India Karin Zitzewitz. New York, Oxford University Press, 2014, 256 pages, 89 illus. $50.00 cloth, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-933-541-1. When India gained Independence from...
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Art Labor, Sex Politics: Feminist Effects in 1970s British Art and Performance
Art Labor, Sex Politics: Feminist Effects in 1970s British Art and Performance Siona Wilson Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2015, 320 pages, 56 b&w photos, 11 color plates. $105.00 cloth; $29.95 paper. ISBN 978-0-8166-8573-8 ...
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