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The deadline for CAA members to apply for two important positions in the publications program—reviews editor of The Art Bulletin and editor-in-chief of Art Journal—is Friday, March 25, 2011.

Art Bulletin Reviews Editor

The Art Bulletin Editorial Board invites nominations and self-nominations for the position of reviews editor for a three-year term: July 1, 2012–June 30, 2015, with service as incoming reviews editor–designate in 2011–12. Candidates should be art scholars with stature in the field and experience in editing book and/or exhibition reviews; institutional affiliation is not required. They should also be published authors of at least one book.

The reviews editor is responsible for commissioning all book and exhibition reviews in The Art Bulletin. He or she selects books and exhibitions for review, commissions reviewers, and determines the appropriate length and character of reviews. The reviews editor also works with authors and CAA’s codirectors of publications in the development and preparation of review manuscripts for publication. He or she is expected to keep abreast of newly published and important books and recent exhibitions in art history, criticism, theory, visual studies, and museum publishing. This three-year term includes membership on the journal’s editorial board.

The reviews editor attends the three annual meetings of the Art Bulletin Editorial Board—held twice in New York in the spring and fall and once at the CAA Annual Conference in February—and submits an annual report to CAA’s Publications Committee. CAA reimburses the reviews editor for travel and lodging expenses for the two New York meetings in accordance with its travel policy, but he or she pays these expenses to attend the conference.

Candidates must be current CAA members and should not be serving on the editorial board of a competitive journal or on another CAA editorial board or committee. Members may not publish their own work in the journal during the term of service. Nominators should ascertain their nominee’s willingness to serve before submitting a name; self-nominations are also welcome. Please send a statement describing your interest in and qualifications for appointment, a CV, and at least one letter of recommendation to: Art Bulletin Reviews Editor Search, College Art Association, 275 Seventh Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10001; or email the documents to Alex Gershuny, CAA editorial associate. Deadline: March 25, 2011; finalists will be interviewed on Friday, April 29, 2011, in New York.

Art Journal Editor-in-Chief

CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for the next editor-in-chief of Art Journal, to serve a three-year term: July 1, 2012–June 30, 2015, with service on the Art Journal Editorial Board in 2011–12 as editor designate and in 2015–16 as past editor. A candidate may be an artist, art historian, art critic, art educator, curator, or other art professional; institutional affiliation is not required.

Working with the editorial board, the editor-in-chief is responsible for the content and character of the journal. He or she solicits content, reads all submitted manuscripts, sends submissions to peer reviewers, and provides guidance to authors concerning the form and content of submissions. The editor-in-chief also develops projects, makes final decisions regarding content, and may support fundraising efforts on the journal’s behalf. He or she works closely with CAA’s staff in New York.

The editor-in-chief attends the three annual meetings of the Art Journal Editorial Board—held twice in New York in the spring and fall and once at the Annual Conference in February—and submits an annual report to CAA’s Publications Committee. CAA reimburses the editor for travel and lodging expenses for the two New York meetings in accordance with its travel policy, but the editor pays his or her own expenses for the Annual Conference.

The position usually requires one-half of a person’s working time. CAA provides financial compensation for course release, usually to an editor’s employer.

Candidates must be current CAA members and should not be serving on the editorial board of a competitive journal or on another CAA editorial board or committee. Nominators should ascertain their nominee’s willingness to serve before submitting a name; self-nominations are also welcome. Please send a statement describing your interest in and qualifications for appointment, a CV, and at least one letter of recommendation to: Art Journal Editor-in-Chief Search, College Art Association, 275 Seventh Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10001; or email the documents to Alex Gershuny, CAA editorial associate. Deadline: March 25, 2011; finalists will be interviewed on Thursday, April 28, 2011, in New York.

Google Book Settlement Filing Deadline Extended

posted by Christopher Howard

The official Google Book Settlement website recently posted an update that extends the deadline to file for an upfront payment in the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement. Authors whose works were scanned by Google on or before May 5, 2009, may be entitled to claim a cash payment once the amended settlement is approved. The former deadline was March 31, 2011. The new deadline is one year after the approval of the settlement—a date yet to be determined.

The lawsuit, titled Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc. (Case No. 05 CV 8136, S.D.N.Y.), was brought by authors and lawyers who claim that by scanning books still under copyright for the Google Books Library Project, Google violated the creators’ rights. The federal court originally approved a settlement to the lawsuit in November 2008, and then preliminarily approved an amended settlement in November 2009.

A second class-action suit for copyright infringement was brought against Google in April 2010 by visual artists excluded as plaintiffs in the first suit, including the American Society of Media Photographers, several other photography associations, the Graphic Artists Guild, and independent photographers and illustrators. The outcome of this case (No. 10 CV 2977, S.D.N.Y.) will be determined after the settlement of the first case.

What does the extended deadline mean for authors and publishers? According to the Google Book Settlement website, if “you did not previously opt out of the Original Settlement and do not opt out of the Amended Settlement, you are ‘in’ the Amended Settlement,” and you can claim your copyrighted material. The website contains all documents related to the settlement and forms and instructions for registering your work. The Authors Guild also publishes updates about the settlement.

CAA will publish an additional notice once the new deadline is established.

CAA Seeks Jury Members for the Awards for Distinction

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for individuals to serve on ten of the twelve juries for the annual Awards for Distinction for three years (2011–14). Terms begin in May 2011; award years are 2012–14. CAA’s twelve awards honor artists, art historians, authors, curators, critics, and teachers whose accomplishments transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large.

Candidates must possess expertise appropriate to the jury’s work and be current CAA members. They should not be serving on another CAA committee or editorial board. CAA’s president and vice president for committees appoint jury members for service.

The following jury vacancies will be filled this spring:

No jury members are needed this year for the Art Journal Award and the CAA/Heritage Preservation Award.

Nominations and self-nominations should include a brief statement (no more than 150 words) outlining the individual’s qualifications and experience and an abbreviated CV (no more than two pages). Please send all materials by email to Lauren Stark, CAA manager of programs; submissions must be sent as Microsoft Word attachments. Deadline: April 15, 2011.

Filed under: Awards, Committees, Governance

CAA Welcomes Four New Affiliated Societies

posted by Emmanuel Lemakis

At its February 2011 meeting, the CAA Board of Directors approved applications from four organizations to become affiliated societies, which are groups of art professionals and other organizations whose goals are generally consonant with those of CAA, with a view toward facilitating intercommunication and mutual enrichment.

Art, Literature, and Music in Symbolism and Decadence

Established in 2010, Art, Literature, and Music in Symbolism and Decadence (ALMSD) focuses on European culture from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. Working to demonstrate the philosophical connection between arts in different countries that were affected by Symbolist ideas, the organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among scholars through an annual newsletter and a conference held every four years at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois, or at other international locations.

Asian American Women Artists Association

The Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA), founded in 1989, is dedicated to the visibility and documentation of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, the organization offers thought-provoking perspectives that challenge societal assumptions and promote dialogue. AAWAA activities include a resource portal; regular lectures in art, ethnic, and Asian American studies classes; thought-provoking exhibitions, panel discussions, literary readings, and workshops; and books and catalogues on Asian American women artists.

The Curator’s Network

A new organization established last year by Independent Curators International, the Curator’s Network brings together curators from around the world who want to share their work and exchange information with other professionals in the field. Among the sponsored activities are an online Curator’s Index; a forum for members to share information, called the Network Directory; and Dispatch, a bimonthly newsletter. More than one hundred curators have joined the network.

National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Founded in 2000, the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU) brings art and art education to the forefront of member institutions. It also provides comprehensive activities that offer opportunities for professional artists employed at member institutions. In addition, NAAHBCU highlights the artistic achievements of artists through exhibitions; provides scholarships for promising art majors; meets annually to confront issues that affect art departments at historically black colleges and universities; shares information on current technology, art history, and art trends; and disseminates employment opportunities.

CAA’s Directory of Affiliated Societies is currently accepting updates. If you are an officer or the official CAA contact for an organization, please send an updated text, in the same format as your current listing, to Lauren Stark, CAA manager of programs, either as a Word attachment or pasted in the body of an email.

Filed under: Affiliated Societies, Membership

Take the 2011 Annual Conference Survey

posted by Christopher Howard

Last week, CAA sent an email blast to 2011 Annual Conference attendees, asking for feedback on all aspects of last month’s event. Please complete the survey, which has several fields for open-ended answers, by Friday, March 25, 2011.

The survey asks you to identify yourself (e.g., artist, art historian, or student) and your type of affiliation and then to rate your experiences with various conference events and services—from online registration and the conference hotels to session content and Career Services activities. If you attended the Book and Trade Fair or used your conference badge for free museum admission, let CAA know. The survey also asks your thoughts about the conference website and how CAA can better deliver conference information.

Articles in the March 2011 issue of The Art Bulletin, the leading publication of international art-historical scholarship, examine a range of topics that include the Bocca della Verità in Rome and German painting and Czech Cubism. Two additional essays and a collection of important book reviews round out the issue, which has been mailed to all individual CAA members who elect to receive the journal, and to all institutional members.

In “The Mouth of Truth and Forum Boarium,” Fabio Barry evaluates the Bocca della Verità in Rome from numerous perspectives to recover its origin as an antique drain cover in the form of the god Oceanus, relating the Bocca to the myth of the Romanized Hercules from the reign of Hadrian. Moving to modern times, Eleanor Moseman uses the case study of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Bohumil Kubiša to explore the relation of German painting and Czech Cubism, revealing “style” as a central issue in the international dialogue of the visual arts of early-twentieth-century Central Europe.

Two essays focus on historical Chinese art and culture. In “The Buddha’s Finger Bones at Famensi and the Art of Chinese Esoteric Buddhism,” Robert H. Sharf argues that the “finger bone” relics of the Buddha, discovered in 1987 in a crypt beneath the Famensi (Dharma Gate Monastery) in Shaanxi Province, China, could be considered as “art.” For her contribution, Jeehee Hong examines the peddler as a skeletal puppeteer in Li Song’s thirteenth-century painting, The Skeletons’ Illusory Performance, to unveil a midimperial Chinese visual commentary on the relations among performance, the everyday world, and death.

In the Reviews section, Robert S. Nelson surveys several books on art, architecture, and urbanism in the Turkish capital from the fifteenth to the twentieth century, including Shirine Hamadeh’s The City’s Pleasures: Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century and Murat Gül’s The Emergence of Modern Istanbul. Stephen J. Campbell examines the understudied field of Renaissance portrait medals through a recent book and a two-volume catalogue, while Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom consider the implications of Finbarr Barry Flood’s Objects of Translation: Material Culture and Medieval “Hindu-Muslim” Encounter, a book about the material culture of the region from western Afghanistan to northern India from the eighth to the thirteenth century. Last, Kirk Ambrose reviews the English translation of Friedrich Kittler’s Optical Media: Berlin Lectures 1999, a theoretical study of visuality and technology that considers such topics as Renaissance perspective, photography, film, and television, and the computer.

Please read the full table of contents for more details. The next issue, to be published in June 2011, will feature essays on Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Edgar Degas, and Philip Guston.

Filed under: Art Bulletin, Publications

Membership fees cover less than half of CAA’s operating costs; thus voluntary contributions from members significantly help to make possible the wide range of programs and services that the organization offers. In a new website section called Acknowledgments, CAA recognizes the distinguished contributors for each of the following:

  • The Centennial Campaign celebrates CAA’s one hundredth anniversary, a celebratory landmark for any organization but particularly so given the organization’s dynamic influence in shaping the study and practice of the visual arts
  • The Annual Campaign helps CAA maintain affordable membership dues and Annual Conference fees, implement its myriad programs and publications, and serve the international community of professionals in the visual arts
  • The Donors Circle of Patron, Sponsoring, and Sustaining Members includes individuals who contribute to CAA above and beyond their regular dues
  • Life Members are individuals who make one-time payments of $5,000 and remain active CAA members for life
  • The Art Bulletin Publication Fund supports the production of CAA’s preeminent scholarly journal covering all areas and periods of art history
  • The Art Journal Publication Fund supports the production of CAA’s cutting-edge quarterly of contemporary art and ideas
  • The Publication Fund supports the production of CAA’s online journal devoted to critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies
  • The Annual Conference Travel Grants help cover expenses for graduate students in art history and studio art, and for international artists and scholars, who attend the CAA Annual Conference

CAA offers additional ways to contribute to the organization. Through Planned Giving, you can include CAA in your will. You can also purchase Benefit Prints by the artists Willie Cole and Buzz Spector or a collection of Art Journal Artists’ Projects by Barbara Bloom, Clifton Meador, Mary Lum, and William Pope.L. For general inquiries on CAA’s campaigns and funds, please contact Sara Hines, CAA development and marketing manager, at 212-691-1051, ext. 216.


The CAA Board of Directors has selected five extraordinary individuals as the distinguished recipients of CAA’s four Centennial Awards in recognition of the extraordinary time and expertise they have contributed to the visual arts in New York and across the nation. The honorees are:

Special guests presenters gave the Centennial Awards during Convocation at the 99th Annual Conference and Centennial Kickoff at the Hilton New York on Wednesday evening, February 9, 2011.


Winter Deaths in the Arts

posted by Christopher Howard

CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, scholars, critics, architects, museum directors, collectors, and other men and women whose work has had a significant impact on the visual arts.

  • Maria Altmann, a woman who pursued the restitution of her family’s Gustav Klimt paintings from the Austrian government, died on February 7, 2011, at the age of 94
  • Françoise Cachin, a French curator and art historian who specialized in Impressionism and Postimpressionism, died on February 4, 2011, at age 74. She helped found the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and also served as its director when it opened in 1986
  • Vlassis Caniaris, an artist based in Athens, Greece, whose work was exhibited across Europe, died in March 2011 at the age of 83. He also served as chair of architecture at the National Technical University in Greece for twenty years
  • Robert J. Clark, a longtime professor of art and archaeology at Princeton University and curator of the influential 1972 exhibition The Arts and Crafts Movement in America, 1876–1916, died on January 4, 2011. He was 73
  • Edmund de Unger, a Hungarian-born businessman who developed property London and owned a major collection of Islamic fine and decorative art, died on January 25, 2011. He was 92
  • B. H. Friedman, a novelist and the author of the biography Jackson Pollock: Energy Made Visible (1972) who started his career in real estate, died on January 4, 2011. He was 84
  • Oleg Grabar, a renowned historian of Islamic art and architecture and professor emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies, died on January 8, 2011, at age 81. Grabar won CAA’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art in 2005, among other others
  • Ida Kay Greathouse, director of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle from 1966 to 1993, died on January 6, 2011. She was 105 years old
  • Roy Gussow, an abstract sculptor based in New York whose large public works in stainless steel can be seen across the United States, died on February 11, 2011. He was 92
  • John Keefe, a curator of decorative arts at the New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana since 1983, died on January 31, 2011, at the age of 69. He had organized exhibitions on antique glass, Wedgwood china, Fabergé eggs, and perfume bottles
  • Donald Locke, a Guyanese-born British artist who had settled in Atlanta, Georgia, died on December 6, 2010, at the age of 80. He was known for his work in diverse media, including drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture
  • Loretta Lorance, an architectural historian at the School of Visual Arts who wrote Becoming Bucky Fuller (2009), died on February 26, 2011. She had worked briefly for CAA in 2001 as a book cataloguer while completing her doctorate at the Graduate Center
  • Tom Lubbock, a British artist and the chief art critic for the Independent and Independent on Sunday, died on January 9, 2011, at the age of 53
  • Alfred K. Moir, a specialist in Italian Baroque art and professor of art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, died on November 13, 2010. Born in 1924, Moir was instrumental in the growth of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Malangatana Ngwenya, a celebrated African artist and political activist from Mozambique who served in his country’s parliament from 1990 to 1994, died on January 5, 2011. He was 74
  • Dennis Oppenheim, an artist whose pioneering work in land, video, body, performance, and installation art in the 1960s and 1970s pushed aesthetic boundaries, died on January 22, 2011, at age 72. In his last fifteen years he had actively pursued outdoor sculpture and public commissions
  • Charles O. Perry, an American sculptor trained as an architect whose public works were inspired by mathematics, died on February 8, 2011, at the age of 81. He won the Prix de Rome in 1964 and stayed in Italy for fourteen years to pursue art and architecture
  • Milton Rogovin, a socially motivated photographer who documented the lower classes in his adopted hometown of Buffalo, New York, and across the United States, died on January 18, 2011. He was 101
  • Paul Soldner, a ceramicist who emerged in California in the 1960s with Peter Voulkos, Ken Price, and John Mason, died on January 3, 2011, at the age of 89. A teacher at Scripps College for many years, he invented a pottery technique called American raku
  • David Sorensen, a painter and sculptor based in Montreal who taught at Bishop’s University for nearly twenty years, died on February 17, 2011. He was 73
  • Brian Stewart, an unorthodox English curator and the director of the Falmouth Art Gallery in Cornwall, died on December 12, 2010, at age 57. He authored The Dictionary of Portrait Painters in Britain up to 1920 (1997) with Mervyn Cutten and wrote twenty more books on his own
  • Ellen Stewart, the founder and artistic director of La MaMA Experimental Theater Club, a landmark venue for progressive theater and performance art in New York, died on January 13, 2011. She was about 91 years old
  • Edgar Tafel, an architect who had trained with Frank Lloyd Wright, died on January 18, 2011, at the age of 98. The last surviving member of the Taliesin Fellowship, which first met in 1932, Tafel worked on his own projects across the state of New York and beyond
  • Alan Uglow, an British-born, New York–based artist and musician whose work in abstract painting, installation, and photography inspired younger New York artists, died on January 20, 2011. He was 69 years old
  • Don Van Vliet, a painter, rock musician, and avant-garde composer best known as Captain Beefheart, died on December 17, 2010, at age 69. He had retired from music in the early 1980s to concentrate on his abstract painting
  • Doyald Young, a graphic designer, a logotype developer, and a professor at Art Center College of Design for thirty years, died on February 28, 2011, at age 84. His books include Logotypes and Letterforms (1993), Fonts and Logos (1999), and Dangerous Curves (2008)

Read all past obituaries in the arts on the CAA website.

Filed under: Obituaries, People in the News

CAA’s nine Professional Interests, Practices, and Standards Committees have welcomed their newly appointed members, who will serve three-year terms, 2011–14. In addition, seven new chairs have taken over committee leadership. New committee members and chairs began their terms last month at the 2011 Annual Conference in New York.

A call for nominations to serve on these committees appears annually from July to September in CAA News and on the CAA website. CAA’s president, vice president for committees, and executive director review nominations in December and make appointments that take effect the following February.

New Committee Members

Committee on Diversity Practices: Julie Levin Caro, Colby College; Yasmin Ramirez, Hunter College, City University of New York; Jordana Moore Saggese, California College of the Arts; and Jacqueline Taylor, University of Virginia. Kevin Concannon of the University of Akron takes over as chair from Renée Ater of the University of Maryland, College Park.

Committee on Intellectual Property: Benjamin Binstock, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; and Charlotte Frost, Writtle School of Design. Doralynn Pines, formerly of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (retired), and Christine Sundt of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation will share chair duties, succeeding Kenneth Cavalier, a lawyer based in British Columbia.

Committee on Women in the Arts: Wanda Ewing, University of Nebraska; Donna Moran, Pratt Institute; and Claudia Sbrissa, St. John’s University. Taking over the position of chair from Diane Burko, professor emerita at Philadelphia Community College, is Maria Elena Buszek of the University of Colorado, Denver.

Education Committee: Wayne (Mick) Charney, Kansas State University; Linda Cirocco, Savannah College of Art and Design; Joan Giroux, Columbia College Chicago; James Haywood Rolling, Syracuse University; and Julia Sienkewicz, Auburn University, Montgomery. Rosanne Gibel of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale succeeds Richard Tichich of Western Carolina University as chair.

International Committee: Kathryn Brown, Tilburg University; Diane Derr, Virginia Commonwealth University; Gwen Farrelly, Museum of Modern Art; and Geraldine A. Johnson, University of Oxford. Jennifer Milam of the University of Sydney remains the committee chair.

Museum Committee: Helen Burnham, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Christa Clarke, Newark Museum; Briley Rasmussen, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and N. Elizabeth Schlatter, University of Richmond Museum. Karol Ann Lawson of Sweet Briar College assumes chair duties from Jay Clarke of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Professional Practices Committee: Dana B. Clancy, Boston University; Anne McClanan, Portland State University; and Robert Tynes, University of North Carolina, Asheville. Charles Wright of Western Illinois University will continue to serve as chair.

Services to Artists Committee: Sharon L. Butler, Eastern Connecticut State University; Conrad Gleber, La Salle University; Micol Hebron, Chapman University; Julia Morrisroe, University of Florida; and Timothy Nolan, independent artist, Los Angeles. Jackie Apple of Art Center College of Design follows Brian Bishop of Framingham State University as chair.

Student and Emerging Professionals Committee: Hazel Antaramian-Hofman, California State University, Fresno; Steven Bleicher, Coastal Carolina University; Deborah Karpman, University of Montevallo; David Lindsay, Texas Tech University; and Laurel O. Peterson, Yale University. Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart of Lander University succeeds Hilary Batzel of Women’s Studio Workshop as chair.

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