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CAA News Today

CAA’s publications deliver the world’s leading scholarship in the visual arts in formats that include long-form essays, innovative artists’ projects, and critical reviews. With the addition of our new digital platforms, we can now engage readers with new multimedia forms of scholarly publications and broader interactive functionality.

In The Art Bulletin, online versions of essays can now incorporate supplemental media files,  for example, allowing Halle O’Neal to animate the calligraphy on a jeweled pagoda painting and Lisa Pon to model the effects of Raphael’s Acts of the Apostles tapestries on sound and music in the Sistine Chapel. Art Journal’s website, Art Journal Open, publishes probing interviews with artists and curators, most recently by curator Dina Deitsch exploring the creative processes of three artists with whom she worked on exhibitions, William Lamson, Kate Gilmore, and robbinschilds. Our fully open-access online publication caa.reviews now includes about 150 reviews a year, and covers digital publications on diverse topics and geographic regions, like Hypercities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (book and website, http://www.hypercities.com/). caa.reviews is now read on every continent, and its audience has grown over 100 percent since it became open access in January 2014.

Readers like you enable CAA to carry out our work. Please support our mission of advancing the highest standards of intellectual engagement in the arts by making a fully tax-deductible gift to the Publications Fund today.

Here are some are some highlights from CAA publications:

In The Art Bulletin:

  • The long-form essay remains the backbone of the journal. Recent authors have included Sun-ah Choi on the medieval Chinese reception of an Indian statue of the Buddha, Kim Sexton on architectural manifestations of self-government in communal-period Italy,  P. Park on surprising sources of artistic inspiration in late Chosŏn Korea,and Therese Dolan and Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby in twin essays on overlooked aspects of Manet’s Olympia
  • In the “Whither Art History?” series, prominent art historians trace advances in the discipline, among them Florina Capistrano-Baker on diasporic art andFiliz Yenişehirlioğlu on global elements of Ottoman art and architecture
  • Reviews of books on a wide range of topics, from temporality in Mesopotamian art, to the worldwide textile trade from 1500 to 1800, to art history through a Marxist lens

In Art Journal:

  • In a project that will be of critical value to both present-day and future art historians and artists, the artist Carolee Schneemann shared thirty pages of key texts, artworks, and photographs from her personal archive; in the artist’s project “Yoga for Adjuncts,” Christian Nagler considered the working conditions of adjunct professors with wily humor
  • Recent essays have featured Silvia Bottinelli on nomadism in Italian art and architecture of the 1960s and 1970s, Caroline V. Wallaceon the work of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition in diversifying US museum exhibitions, Raven Falquez Munsell on the impact of the overthrow of the Chilean Allende government on the 1974 Venice Biennale, and Christopher Tradowsky on Nietzschean ressentiment in current art of a political cast
  • Reviews of new books on topics as diverse as how artists sustain their careers, the art of Bruce Nauman, and feminism in museum culture
  • The website Art Journal Open launched a new feature, Bookshelf, with annotated snapshots of books in queue on the shelves of scholars and artists such as Steven Nelson, Judith Rodenbeck, and Lenore Chinn

In caa.reviews:

  • Recently reviewed books included:  Leonardo, Michelangelo, and the Art of the Figure by Michael Cole, Aesthetic of the Cool: Afro-Atlantic Art and Music by Robert Ferris Thompson, Escultura monumental mexica (revised edition) by Eduardo Matos Moctezuma and Leonardo López Luján, and Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow: Essays on the Present and Future of Photography by David Levi Strauss. Exhibitions reviewed include Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Playthings: The Uncanny Art of Morton Bartlett at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In at the National Gallery of Art, and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston

These highly regarded journals reach tens of thousands of readers around the world and serve as essential resources to those working in the visual arts—none of which would be possible without your support. Contributors who give at a level of $250 or higher are prominently acknowledged in the publication they support for four consecutive issues, as well as on the publication’s website for one year, through CAA News, and in the Annual Conference’s convocation booklet. On behalf of the scholars, critics, and artists who publish in the journals, we thank you for your continued commitment to maintaining a strong and spirited forum for the visual-arts community.

With best regards,

 

 

 

 

Gail Feigenbaum
Vice President for Publications