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posted by November 15, 2017

The Pylos Combat Agate. Photo courtesy of Jeff Vanderpool/the University of Cincinnati.

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Wu Hung Honored for Helping Create Field of Contemporary Chinese Art History

Meet Wu Hung, one of the creators of the field of contemporary Chinese art history, and the 2018 CAA distinguished scholar. (UChicago News)

Researchers Discover an Ancient Stone Carving So Detailed It Could Alter the Course of Art History

The tiny carving has been dubbed the Pylos Combat Agate. (Artnet News)

Leonardo da Vinci Painting Could Become Most Expensive Work Ever Auctioned—Here’s What You Need to Know

Salvator Mundi has been celebrated as the “greatest artistic rediscovery of the 21st century” by Christie’s. (Artsy)

Berlin Nationalgalerie Prize Nominees Troubled by Focus on Gender and Nationality

The shortlisted artists have expressed concern at the lack of engagement with their work. (The Art Newspaper)

Thousands of Objects Tell of Sex, Drugs, and Transcendence Across the Centuries

A new exhibition at Harvard’s Houghton Library explores the human desire to escape the ordinary. (Hyperallergic)

How Art Is Helping Veterans Overcome PTSD

A recent survey ranked art therapy among the top five most helpful techniques used to treat veterans. (Artsy)

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Why the CAA Annual Conference Matters

posted by November 09, 2017

CAA 105th Annual Conference in New York, 2017. Photo: Ben Fractenberg

At the CAA Board of Director’s meeting in late October, the Board and staff took a detailed look at the Annual Conference and why it matters to the field.

Without question, recent changes like shorter sessions and more diversity have been very popular. In fact, results from our 2017 Annual Conference survey found that 82% of the attendees were satisfied as either presenters or attendees.

As we look at the value that the conference provides members and to the fields of art and design, and art history, here are some thoughts from CAA Board of Directors about the impact of the conference:

  • It provides the next generation of scholars with new scholarship and opportunities of leadership.
  • Attendees hear well-researched papers and others further their career by presenting a paper.
  • The conference deals with urgent issues within academia.
  • It creates the opportunity for intergenerational discussions.
  • Allows academic administrators to see the creative and scholarly work that many educators create each year.
  • Opens the door to new forms of knowledge production.
  • Creates opportunities that can only happen face-to-face — a sense of connection and belonging to the field.
  • The sense of critical mass is really important.
  • Allows for a reunion of friends and colleagues, which helps with professional opportunities.
  • Challenges and energizes educators in their job – a mini-sabbatical.

Register for the 2018 Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 21-24.


As we think about changes for the future we are focusing on:

  • A higher percentage of the membership that can participate/attend the Annual Conference.
  • Creating a physical/digital memory of the conference via social media.
  • On-site exhibitions for visual artists.
  • Increased profile of our field in general audience media.
  • More social media and blogging about the conference.
  • Offering more opportunities for dealing with practical family issues during the conference (i.e., child/adult care, etc.)
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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by November 08, 2017

Barbara Kruger installation as part of Performa 17, November 2017. Photo: Scott Heins/Gothamist

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Latinx Community Activism and Social Art Practices Get A Rare Spotlight in New Exhibit

Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is now on view in Los Angeles. (KCET)

Me and My Pencil: Famous Creatives on their Tools – in Pictures

Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney photographed the pencils of 70 artists, designers, musicians and architects. (The Guardian)

The Angriest Librarian Is Full of Hope

After his profanity-laced tweetstorm went viral, Portland librarian Alex Halpern found himself speaking up for his embattled profession. (CityLab)

The Women Who Built the New York Art World

Between 1929 and 1939, four of New York City’s most iconic museums emerged in Manhattan. (Artsy)

Photos: Barbara Kruger’s Bold Statement Pieces Now Up Around NYC

The artist has taken over several spaces in NYC this month as part of the Performa Biennial. (Gothamist)

Galleries Hit by Cyber Crime Wave

Hackers are using an email scam to intercept payments between galleries, collectors and others. (The Art Newspaper)

How to Frame a $100 Million Painting by Leonardo da Vinci

“When you see it with no barrier between you and the actual piece, it’s stunning.” (Artsy)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by November 01, 2017

Linda Nochlin. Photo: Adam Husted

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Linda Nochlin, Trailblazing Feminist Art Historian, Dies at 86

The pioneering art historian and longtime CAA member passed away this week. (ARTnews)

Over 1,800 Artists and Art Workers Sign Letter against Sexual Harassment

The public letter criticizes “an art world that upholds inherited power structures at the cost of ethical behavior.” (Hyperallergic)

“K Is for Kahlo, B Is for Basquiat”: New Children’s Book Teaches Kids about Artists

An inclusive, educational alphabet book by Dr. Tamara Pizzoli. (Afropunk)

Want to Be an Artist-in-Residence at New York City’s Department of Corrections? Now’s Your Chance

NYC has rolled out 3 new artist-in-residency programs in partnership with city agencies. (Artnet News)

The US Cities with the Highest Concentrations of Working Artists

The vast majority of working artists live in urban areas. (Quartz)

How Many “Lost” Masterpieces Are Already Hanging in Museums?

A potential golden age for finding artworks in public collections that have long been overlooked. (Artsy)

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Rejoin CAA This November and Get 25% Off

posted by October 31, 2017

Rejoin CAA during the month of November and get 25% off any Tiered membership level.


We believe in strength in numbers. This past year, CAA fought for the causes of our members and those in the arts and culture field at large.

We released statements against the Trump administration’s Immigration Ban and attempts to defund federal arts and humanities agencies that have a demonstrable public good. We joined an Amicus Brief with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Alliance of Museums, and over 100 other cultural institutions raising our voices against the Immigration Ban.

In a public survey, our members shared their nuanced ideas on monuments and statues in this politically charged moment.

We added new benefits, like reduced memberships, discounted legal services, and discounts to leading academic publishers, to support our members in their professional careers and daily lives.

And we launched a new advocacy-focused Monday newsletter, ensuring that our audience is informed about the latest news, jobs, and opportunities in the field. The CAA News Monday also features our new CAA Conversations Podcast series.

Rejoin CAA now and take part in the 106th CAA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, February 21–24, featuring over 300 sessions and special events at The Getty, LACMA, and The Broad.


Now it’s time to join those who fight for you.


Offer valid from November 1–November 30, 2017 to all individual lapsed members. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code. Code will be visible after log in from November 1–November 30, 2017.

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Introducing CAA News Monday

posted by October 26, 2017

Protest wall at CAA 105th Annual Conference New York, 2017. Photo: Ben Fractenberg

We’re excited to introduce you to CAA News Monday, a new weekly newsletter that takes a different approach to the start of your week. The Monday newsletter will embrace advocacy as its raison d’être, with a lead story each week and a round up of advocacy-related stories and news. Along with hot topics from the art, higher education, and advocacy worlds, we’ll be highlighting noteworthy jobs and opportunities from CAA’s network, and spotlighting a new weekly podcast as part of the CAA Conversations series. The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast seeks to continue 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. The CAA Conversations Podcast will also be posted each Monday to the CAA website.

If you already receive CAA News on Wednesday you will automatically receive CAA News Monday. You don’t need to do a thing.

If you don’t get our Wednesday newsletter, sign up below for both.


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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 25, 2017

Judy Chicago in front of The Dinner Party. Photograph: Donald Woodman

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

Judy Chicago: ‘In the 1960s, I was the only visible woman artist’

An interview with the trailblazing artist as the Brooklyn Museum explores the process behind The Dinner Party. (The Guardian)

Artist Omer Fast’s Take on Chinatown Angers Community Organizations

Omer Fast’s exhibition at the Chinatown branch of James Cohan Gallery has drawn ire from local groups. (Hyperallergic)

The Professor Is In: 4 Steps to a Strong Tenure File

Helpful advice from Karen Kelsky, former tenured professor at two universities, and founder and president of consulting service The Professor Is In. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Artist and Art Materials Artist Survey 2018

Take NAMTA’s 2018 survey and help artist associations, websites and art supply businesses serve practicing artists better. (International Art Materials Association)

Disaster Preparedness & Response Resources

Invaluable resources for organizations, museums and collections facing the threat of natural disasters. (American Alliance of Museums)

Artsy and the Rise of the Matchmaker Market

The online art market has been transforming how art is sold at auction. (The Art Newspaper)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 18, 2017


Catherine Opie, Cathy (London), 2017. ©Catherine Opie, Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

An Interview with Catherine Opie

In this interview, artist Catherine Opie discusses her new portrait series, portrait aesthetics, misogyny in the current political climate and the art world, and more. (Read more from Artnet).

Ai Weiwei’s Sculptures Now on View Throughout New York City

Ai Weiwei’s Good Fences Make Good Neighbors brings new sculptures by the artist to many public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. (Read more from The New York Times).

Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s Presidential Portraits

Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have selected artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald to paint their official portraits. (Read more from Vanity Fair).

Frankenstein’s Monster and Queer Art

Charlie Fox looks at Frankenstein’s Monster in relationship to queer art, including artist Alex Da Corte’s 2017 film, Slow Graffiti. (Read more from  The New York Times).

Yayoi Kusama Book for Kids

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity by Sarah Suzuki, with illustrations by Ellen Weinstein, is a new children’s book about the life and artwork of artist Yayoi Kusama. (Read more from Artsy).

The Art of Violet Oakley

Carrie Rickey takes a close look at muralist Violet Oakley (1874–1961), who is the focus of the exhibition A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance, currently on view at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia. (Read more from Hyperallergic).

Rodin in New Jersey

Auguste Rodin’s bust of Napoléon Bonaparte, which had been lost since the 1920s, has been found in a borough in suburban New Jersey. (Read more from The Art Newspaper).

A New Podcast from Paddy Johnson and Willam Powhida

Art F City’s founding editor Paddy Johnson and artist William Powhida have started a new contemporary art podcast called “Explain Me.” (Read more from Art F City).


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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 11, 2017


Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.

In the art world, is sex more controversial than race?

There has been a lot of discussion recently about particular pieces of art that have caused agita for museum administrators, curators, artists and the general public.  But what are the real touch points? (Read more from Nylon).

Changing sex and gender?

Artist Nayland Blake’s Gnomen at the New Museum changes sex and gender. (Read more from Hyperallergic).

Hmmm.  Can anyone reshape art history?

The sculptor, Ruth Asawa challenges traditional notions of art history. (Read more from The New Yorker).

Engage the humanities faculty for greater career outcome

Figuring out how an education in the humanities can make a career impact. (Read more from Inside Higher Ed).

Building a new rubric for artists

The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation is looking to build a better rubric for successful artists.  And they need our help. (Read more from Artists Thrive).

Art history with your eyes closed

Podcasts to download that will fill your brain with rich images. (Read more from Salon).



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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by October 04, 2017

A T-shirt depicting the face of Eric Garner designed by Ocean Gao, now in the collection of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.CreditJustin T. Gellerson for The New York Times

Each week CAA News summarizes articles, published around the web, that CAA members may find interesting and useful in their professional and creative lives.


Museums Collecting Contemporary History

As history unfolds in the present, curators at institutions such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, are committed to collecting and preserving materials from protests, marches, and other important cultural movements immediately. (Read more from The New York Times).


Bilingual Art Spaces in Los Angeles

Museums and galleries in Los Angeles work to become inclusive, bilingual environments, through creating programming, tours, wall text, and more in both Spanish and English. (Read more from The Guardian).


Be a Medici in 2017 (Virtually!)

ARTé: Mecenas is a new video game from Triseum where you play as a member of the Medici family in Renaissance Florence. This educational game was created to address the needs of the Texas A&M University’s art history department as a creative way to teach students about Renaissance art and patronage. (Read more from Hyperallergic).


Proposed Tax Plan and the Art World

Art world experts weigh in on what President Trump’s proposed tax reform plan would mean for the art market and museums if it is passed in Congress. (Read more from artnet).


Crowdfunding a Museum’s New Gallery

Horniman Museum and Gardens in London looks to crowdsourcing to fund the creation of the World Gallery, which will create space to display 3,000 anthropological objects that are currently in the museum’s storage. (Read more from The Art Newspaper).


A Close Look at the Archives

James Somers visits the New York Public Library’s archives, speaking with the archivists who work there. (Read more from The Village Voice).


A New Saint Laurent Museum

Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent opens in Paris:  a new museum dedicated to the work of the influential fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, where visitors can visit a recreation of Saint Laurent’s studio. (Read more from Blouin Artinfo). 


Art History Podcasts

Searching for something new to listen to? Salon recommends fourteen podcasts that cover art and art history. (Read more from Salon).

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