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posted by May 09, 2018

The Palais de Tokyo’s “Visite Naturiste” was organized in association with the Paris Naturist Association. Visitors removed their clothes for a tour of the exhibition Discord, Daughter of the Night. Photo: Owen Franken for The New York Times

Association of Art Museum Curators Announces the Recipients of Award for Excellence

This year’s eleven winners were selected from a pool of 174 nominees. (Artforum)

Questions Loom Over Fate of Art Collections as Santa Fe University of Art and Design Closes

The fate of the university’s collections is still undecided. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Road to The Met: How Max Hollein Rose to Become Its Next Director

Thirteen months after Thomas Campbell stepped down, Max Hollein will become the tenth director of the New York institution. (The Art Newspaper)

A Modest Proposal: Break the Art Fair

“As a system, art fairs are like America: They’re broken and no one knows how to fix them.” (New York Magazine)

I Went Naked to a Museum, and It Was … Revealing

The Palais de Tokyo’s “Visite Naturiste” — the first of its kind in France —garnered a remarkable amount of public interest since it was announced in March. (New York Times)

A Typeface Transforms the Alphabet in the Style of Famous Artworks

In this artful alphabet by the Madrid-based design studio CESS, “V” is for van Gogh and “F” is for Frida. (Hyperallergic)

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Joelle Dietrick and Meg Mitchell

posted by May 07, 2018

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

This week, Joelle Dietrick and Meg Mitcheldiscuss teaching new media.

Joelle Dietrick is a MacDowell fellow and Fulbright scholar who makes large temporary paintings, animations and games about global trade and human logistics. She’s an Assistant Professor of Art and Digital Studies at Davidson College outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Meg Mitchell is an Associate Professor of Digital Media/Foundations at University of Wisconsin-Madison teaching courses on digital foundations, interactive art, code based art and digital fabrication.

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New in

posted by May 04, 2018


Daniel Marcus reviews Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City: Nietzsche, Modernism, Paris by Ara H. Merjian. Read the full review at

Haley Coopersmith discusses Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight by Dana Miller. Read the full review at

Erina Duganna writes about Gather Out of Star-Dust: A Harlem Renaissance Album by Melissa Barton. Read the full review at

Emma Chubb explores Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat. by Orianna Cacchione, Li Pi, Robyn Farrell, and Katherine Grube. Read the full review at

Paul H. D. Kaplan looks at The Black Figure in the European Imaginary edited by Adrienne L. Childs and Susan H. Libby. Read the full review at

Wendy Ann Parker writes about William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland: Conversations in Letters and Lines edited by Tamar Garb and Fiona Bradley, and William Kentridge edited by Rosalind E. Krauss. Read the full review at

Alex J. Bacon reviews Almost Nothing: Observations on Precarious Practices in Contemporary Art by Anna Dezeuze. Read the full review at

Anna Arabindan-Kesson discusses Kerry James Marshall: Look See by Robert Storr. Read the full review at

Afua Ferdnance examines Still Raising Hell: The Art, Activism, and Archives of Camille Billops and James V. Hatch edited by Pellom McDaniels III. Read the full review at

Jo-Ann Morgan looks at Beholding Christ and Christianity in African American Art edited by James Romaine and Phoebe Wolfskill. Read the full review at

Cristóbal Jácome-Moreno reviews Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange edited by Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins. Read the full review at

Melissa L. Mednicov explores Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma edited by Michelle White. Read the full review at

Katherine Cohn writes about EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean edited by Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson. Read the full review at

Stephen Petersen discusses Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light by Keely Orgeman. Read the full review at

Mark Alan Hewitt examines Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives by Sarah Williams Goldhagen. Read the full review at

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by May 02, 2018

Pablo Picasso, Buste de mousquetaire, 1968. Courtesy QoQa via Freize

A French Museum Just Discovered That Half of Its Collection Is Fake

Visiting art historian Eric Forcada made the shocking discovery. (artnet News)

Columbia University MFA Students Demand Tuition Refunds

Though the university’s provost reportedly concurred that the program is a “disgrace,” he told the students that the university could not provide them with refunds. (Hyperallergic)

NEA Chairman Jane Chu Will Step Down in June

After four years at the head of the federal arts agency, Chu announced she will step down on June 4. (Washington Post)

All For One: Picasso’s Musketeer Bust Purchased by 25,000 Online Buyers

The thousands of new owners will now collectively decide where the painting is exhibited. (Frieze)

This Academic Took a Job at BuzzFeed. Here’s Her Advice to Graduate Programs.

Anne Helen Petersen has a PhD in media studies, and she wishes more programs were realistic about the prospect of an academic career. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Top Italian Museum Director Faces Trial Over Gym Visits

Anna Coliva, the well-respected director of Rome’s Galleria Borghese, is to stand trial on charges of absenteeism and defrauding the public purse. (The Art Newspaper) 

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A spectacular fresco from early first-century Pompeii is featured on the cover of the March 2018 issue of The Art Bulletin. Drawing on a palette of aqua, yellow, and deep red, it depicts Perseus rescuing Andromeda from captivity on a rocky promontory. The fresco appears in Nathaniel B. Jones’s essay “Starting from Places: Continuous Narration and Discontinuous Perspectives in Roman Art,” which explores how the painters of the time represented multiple temporal moments in a single visual field.

Two essays also featured in the issue examine diverse medieval pilgrimage practices: Conrad Rudolph considers the visual tour guides used at European sites, notably Canterbury, and how they enhanced the social and public reception of works of art; Talia J. Andrei investigates the pilgrimage mandala paintings of Japan’s Ise shrines and the ways they allude to the power and authority of individual Buddhist temples. In the sixteenth-century miniature paintings that depict the ceremonial presentation of gifts from Safavid shahs to Ottoman sultans, Sinem A. Casale locates an unusual opportunity to assess the agency of gifts through their visual representation rather than their materiality. John Ott finds that Hale Woodruff’s six-panel mural of the early 1950s, The Art of the Negro, presents an inclusive, nonlinear visual history of global art that also destabilizes conventional narratives of the origins of modernism. The role of photography during the 1980s human-rights conflicts between the United States and Nicaragua is the subject of an essay by Erina Duganne, who focuses on postmodernist critique of photography as revealed in a 1984 exhibition intended to counter misrepresentations in the news media.

The reviews section, on the theme “Transatlantic,” features recent books on images and objects from the New World in Medici Florence, cross-cultural encounters in sixteenth-century Peru, a queer reading of the formation of the modernist canon, and contemporary black diaspora art around the Atlantic.

CAA sends print copies of The Art Bulletin to all institutional and individual members who choose it as a benefit of membership. The digital version at Taylor & Francis Online is available to all CAA individual members regardless of their print subscription choice.

Want to see more? Join CAA today and explore the March issue in full. 

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