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posted by September 27, 2017

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

Corrective curatorial practice? Sensationalizing sexuality to boost attendance figures? Can the most transgressive feminist art practices really be exhibited for reasons founded on the intrinsic value of the work alone?

Featuring feminist content previously held to be too graphic may raise more questions than anticipated. “Frieze Frame: Graphic Sex and Female Sexuality under Spotlight at Art Fair.” (Read more from The Guardian).

The New Age self-help movement meets art.

Proving again that our culture regards creativity as a path to the authentic self and a means to counteract the lack of inspiration provided by our daily life. Scott Indrisek, “Find Your Inner Donald Judd at Marfa’s New Art Camp for Adults.” (Read more from Artsy).

Civil Identity and Art

The exercise of cultural policy on a massive urban scale is being implemented and explored in cities besides Los Angeles with its mega-multi-exhibition Pacific Standard Time program. Consider the interviews conducted by Sophia Olivia Sanan in “A Tale of Cultural Policy in Four African Cities.” (Read more from This Is Africa).

Making art accessible to as many publics as possible.

The seeds of social practice and cultural policy in art education, related to the legacy of Jane Addams’s Hull House, are discussed by Lisa Lee, Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with the hosts of the Bad at Sports podcast. Episode 600: Lisa Lee. (Read more from Bad at Sports).

The world’s first painted feature film.

Receiving standing ovations at film festivals and with assistance from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Loving Vincent incorporates almost 1,000 separate canvases to consider the artist’s last days. Eileen Kinsella, “How Two Directors, 125 Artists, and Some ‘Crazy-Rich’ Van Gogh Fans Made ‘Loving Vincent’ the World’s First Painted Feature Film.” (Read more from Artnet).

Pacific Standard Time Sampler.

The latest edition of Southern California’s multivenue exhibition project has debuted with plenty of press coverage. Here is an assessment of just one of the exhibitions comprising Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. Julian Kreimer, “Drastic Times.” (Read more from Art in America).

Why does art make you feel so much?

The answer resides in your brain as much as what is unfolding before your senses. The inquiry is increasingly a focus of neuroaestheticians now discovering answers about the fundamental attractions of creativity. Sarah L. Kaufman et al., “This Is Your Brain On Art.” (Read more from The Washington Post).

The birth of the art market. 

An exhibition tracing the origins of the art market details how artists, dealers, and the buying public established the mechanisms that still characterize the contemporary system. “Exhibition Devoted to the Birth of the Art Market in the Dutch Golden Age Opens.”  (Read more from artdaily).

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Last week, I had a chance to participate in a conference call with Jon Parrish Peede, the new acting chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He assumes the role after the resignation of William D. Adams in May of 2017, who stepped down concurrent with the release of the White House FY2018 budget that called for eliminating the NEH. The call with Peede was organized by the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), and included leaders of other humanities organizations.

Peede, who was appointed by President Trump in late July, is the brother of a senior member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff.

During the call, Peede talked about his closeness to Dana Gioia, the George W. Bush-appointed head of the NEA, and proudly referred to himself “a product of rural America,” stressing the need for having people from all 50 states on NEH panels.

When asked about his vision for the NEH, he mentioned that humanities could be funded and supported by other organizations, such as colleges, foundations, and individuals. He offered support for grant selection being “grounded in rigor” and wanted grantees to talk about “outcomes and not activities.”

Peede was asked why the public should care about the NEH and stated that the agency’s role is to preserve records and to place them in context, an important position for a federal agency, but one which does not necessarily address the larger idea of the impact of humanities in society. He did state, “a life in the humanities is a life well lived.” In response to a question about what he would do if the NEH received an increase in funds, Peede was not sure, but opined that he might not offer more grants as it may “dilute the value” of other grants.

Unfortunately, he was not asked how he felt about the President’s desire to zero out funding for the NEH or NEA, and what he was planning to do about it. For many in the arts and humanities, this is the pressing issue. Currently, the NEH is approved by the House Appropriations Committee for $145 million in funding for FY 2018, a $4.8 million drop from FY 2017. But the funding is not secure and certain. Hopefully on our next call, Peede will be able to address this important question.

Hunter O’Hanian
Executive Director

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by September 20, 2017

Anna Halprin, detail of installation, documenta Halle, Kassel, documenta 14. Photo: Mathias Völzke

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

University of California Sues Trump over DACA

Has your college taken a stand on DACA?
(Read more from The Chronicle of Higher Education.)

A New Museum Opens Every Year in LA

This February the CAA conference will be in LA.  There are so many great museums that it seems that one in opening virtually every year.

(Read more from Hyperallergic.)

Teaching Ph.D.s How to Teach

There are so many options in training the next generation in of talented faculty.
(Read more from The Chronicle of Higher Education.)

Do You Withhold Your Opinions?

Some say that art historians and critics withheld their opinions because it can earn them enemies.  Do you agree?

(Read more from e-flux.)

Plenty to See Here

The NYTimes offers its amazing showcase of exhibitions to watch this fall.

(Read more from The New York Times.)

NH Institute Sets Up Fellowship and Expands Photo Collection

Amazing gift of more than 500 prints by significant 20th Century artists: Harry Callahan, Paul Caponigro, Imogen Cunningham, Lee Friedlander, Kenneth Josephson, Andre Kertesz, Sally Mann, Elliot Porter, Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Jock Sturges, Brett Weston, Edward Weston, and Minor White.
(Read more from The Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design.)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by September 13, 2017

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970. © Holt-Smithson Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York. Photo: George Steinmetz

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

Financial Advice from Arts Professionals for Artists

Christina Empedocles, Sharon Louden, McLean Emenegger, and Wendi Norris share their advice about financial planning, creating budgets, and the importance of the artist fee as self-advocacy.
(Read more from Artsy.)

Rhizome’s Microgrant Awardees Announced

Rhizome announces the winners of this year’s Microgrants in three categories: Net Art, Webrecorder, and IdeasCity.
(Read more from Rhizome.)

The Bruce High Quality Foundation University Closes

Seth Cameron, ex-President of the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, announces the end of the university in “Broken Toilet: The BHQFU is Dead.”
(Read more from The Brooklyn Rail.)

Read John Ashbery’s Reviews from the 50s, 60s, and 70s

In remembrance of the seminal poet and art critic John Ashbery’s recent passing, ARTNews presents excerpts from reviews he wrote while contributor and executive editor to the publication.
(Read more from ArtNews.)

A Stolen de Kooning Painting is Recovered, by the Mystery Remains

Willem de Kooning’s painting Women-Ochre (1955) was stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art in 1985. The painting was found in August 2017, but who stole it and why is still a mystery.
(Read more from The New York Times.)

Field Study and Land Art

The Land Arts of the American West program is profiled.
(Read more from Art & Education.)

A Mobile Museum in Vermont

Artist Matt Neckers discusses his mini mobile art museum, the Vermont International Museum of Contemporary Art + Design.
(Read more from the Hyperallergic.)

Universities Issue Statements on DACA

Many universities have issued statements and tweets on the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Read more from The Chronicle on Higher Education.)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by September 06, 2017

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

With the 2016 opening of The National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, consider a similar effort from another national museum dedicated to the African diaspora.

Here is a short introduction to the Caribbean Centre for the Expressions and Memory of African Slave Trade & Slavery which opened in 2015. (Read more from A Gathering of the Tribes.)

What is the everyday practical value of an education in design?

Institutions providing fine art education have formulated a detailed response to the question of practical value, in part to justify financial support of art education programs. This brief essay wonders about the role of design in general education. Design as a Third Area of General Education.
(Read more from Design Observer.)

Major news outlets now find agitprop an art practice their readership relates to with ease.

At this point, agitprop is so celebrated that mainstream publications run features based on its appeal. Whether one agrees with the practice or opinions carried by the work, it is a tactic as ubiquitous as the civic demonstrations that have proliferated recently. 5 Artists Respond to Charlottesville.
(Read more from The New York Times.)

Do you speak International Art English? Do you converse in Globish?

Hear what Berlin-based writer and critic Jennifer Allen would like us to know about one of the largest current discussions in art criticism and writing – how the ability to be an expert communicator comes from an inclusiveness built on the way the language is used by nonnative speakers.
Jennifer Allen: How do we talk about art?
(Read more from Art & Education.)

Public art occupies more national debate at this moment than it has in years.

As the practice of removing Confederate memorials occupies headlines nearly every week, important
long-overlooked questions about ways to treat controversial material are confronting the public. Twelve authorities from the field discuss the conflict. Tear Down the Confederate Monuments—But What Next? 12 Art Historians and Scholars on the Way Forward.
(Read more from Artnet.)

Utopia or spoof?

Can the ideal of getting a free MFA education survive the attempt to make it a reality? A brief history of the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. MFA Quality.
(Read more from Art in America.)

What does independent arts advocacy really look like?

A high-paid lobbyist schmoozing a senator over a three-martini lunch? Let’s take a look at one person’s everyday efforts at art advocacy to get a feel for how individual, practical efforts at an organized advocacy shape up the daily routine. Advocating for the Everyday Advocate.
(Read more from the Americans for the Arts.)

If you find yourself needing medical care, you might want to know if the doctor had ever studied art.

For their medical students, major institutions rely on art education to develop the essential professional traits of a critical consciousness and empathy . Coursework in art has been required by many medical curriculums since the late 1990’s. Find out why. Why Med Schools Are Requiring Art Classes. (Read more from Artsy.)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by August 30, 2017

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

Writing a PhD Thesis? What Does It take?

Take a look at advice for writing a PhD thesis. Is this what you would tell your students?  What else would you tell them? (Via Times Higher Education). 

Check the Sofa for Loose Change!

It’s time to plan your fall travels.  Here are 30 of the most important exhibitions for the fall.  Near and far, old and new, there is something for everyone.  Check back in December and let us know how many you made it to. Go! (Via Artnet News).

Making Art in a Hurricane

Within a week after Katrina hit New Orleans, artist Lori Gordon starting making work from the wreckage. Opportunities abound in Texas. (Via NPR).

What to Wear in Korea

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is the only US venue for an exhibition of Korean couture which spans over 600 years. Fall 2018. (Via Asian American Press).

Are You Surprised?

For-profit colleges find few reasons to lobby the new secretary of education, Betsy DeVos. (Via Chronicle).

How Much Did You Pay for That?

The National Gallery in London paid 11.6 million pounds ($15 million) for a painting by Bernardo Bellotto. Who says landscapes don’t matter anymore? (Via Art History News).

Wait! That’s My Phone!

Depicting the founding of Springfield, MA, this 1937 painting shows a Native American holding what can be seen as nothing other than an iPhone. What could it be? (Via Daily Mail).

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posted by August 25, 2017


Pascale Rihouet discusses A Feast for the Eyes: Art, Performance, and the Late Medieval Banquet by Christina Normore. Read the full review at

Morgan Thomas visits Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia, which was on view at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, from February 5–September 18, 2016. Read the full review at Image credit: Tommy Watson, Wipu Rockhole, 2004. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. © Tommy Watson/Courtesy of Yanda Aboriginal Art.

Heather Madar reviews Daughter of Venice: Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus and Woman of the Renaissance by Holly S Hurlburt. Read the full review at

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

Conference Strategies for the Shy and Introverted

A comment on Twitter made me realize how many strategies I’ve developed over the past few years to deal with being shy and introverted in a conference environment. Caveats that these are a work in progress, they function best at small to midsized conferences, and I don’t always practice what I preach. (Read more from Jessica Otis.)

11 Studio Hacks That Will Save You Money in Art School  

Back to school season means spending all that money you earned at your summer job on art supplies. In this helpful guide, we’ll share some money-saving studio hacks that will get you through the school year without maxing out your credit card. And only one tip involves Dumpster diving! (Read more from Artspace Magazine.)

Why Shamanic Practices Are Making a Comeback in Contemporary Art

“Everyone always talks about how, in times of crisis, people start looking for God,” says Jeremy Shaw. “And I think that’s very synonymous with what’s happening now.” Since his days at art school, Shaw has been exploring the human pursuit of transcendental experience by way of altered states of consciousness. (Read more from Artsy.)

White Supremacists Are Waging a War against Public Space

The Charlottesville attack threatens public space, an amenity that is both scarce and necessary for democracy. The idea of the public square is under attack. And the extremist alt-right is waging a campaign to shut down the public square, using both violence and intimidation, especially under open-carry laws. (Read more from City Lab.)

Now Is the Time to Think about Accessibility

As a new semester approaches, the academic’s to-do list can fill up fast. That course planning you’ve been putting off now seems urgent. Your chair wants a copy of your syllabi by the end of the week. And there’s still the matter of those writing deadlines. I’m here to add one more item to your list. Now is the time—not later—to think about accessibility in your classroom. (Read more from Vitae.)

Sociology Panel Seeks Changes for Adjuncts

The American Sociological Association’s Task Force on Contingent Faculty released its interim report ahead of the association’s annual meeting this week. The report includes an overview of the existing literature on non-tenure-track faculty members and recommends various policy changes. (Read more from Inside Higher Ed.)

The Highest Form of Flattery

Why risk being classified as a mere imitator? In a new book entitled, with quiet provocation, Modern Painters, Old Masters: The Art of Imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War, Elizabeth Prettejohn sets out to answer this question, even as she argues for a more expansive understanding of what counts as “modern art.” (Read more from the New York Review of Books.)

The 10 Best Artworks by Raphael, Seraphic Genius of the Renaissance—Ranked

To celebrate the artist’s enduring legacy, we surveyed ten of Raphael’s most popular paintings—determined by their presence on Google Images, the number of reproductions created, and our own aesthetic enthusiasms—and ranked them from one to ten, in order of their degree of accomplishment. (Read more from Artnet News.)

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

Professors as Targets of Internet Outrage

Many professors who have expressed their views about race and politics this year have found themselves targets of both the left and right. Nothing is too abstrusely academic, it seems, to seed an attack campaign fueled by websites that surveil social media to find gotcha-worthy gems. (Read more from the New York Times.)

Demands to Cancel Dana Schutz’s ICA Exhibit Don’t Help the Cause for Social Justice

A small group of Boston activists demand as much in their passionate opposition to the current Dana Schutz exhibition at ICA Boston. Should an artist be blacklisted and blocked from showing their work at museums around the nation because one of their recent paintings tackled the painful topic of the history of racial violence? (Read more from the National Coalition against Censorship.)

Upstart Co-Lab Wants Businesses to Hire More Artists

We’re used to the common narrative of the artist as someone so inspired that they simply can’t stomach a drab office job, preferring to ditch the cubicle for the white cube. And yet research has found that employers almost universally report creativity is of increasing importance in the “traditional” workplace. (Read more from Artsy.)

The Letters of Picasso’s Dealer and a Century’s Worth of Impressionist Archives Are Going Online

Art historians and dealers researching works of art will soon have a new trove of materials to work with, courtesy of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute. A century’s worth of documentation—stock books from galleries, artists’ correspondence, annotated sale catalogues—will be digitized to develop online catalogues raisonnés for Manet, Morisot, Monet, and more. (Read more from Artnet News.)

The Multifarious Book

A few years ago the director of a university press told me that her goal was “to save the monograph.” “Which one?” I responded. It was an impolitic remark, but it helped to make the point that books perform all kinds of tasks, and when we say we want to “save” the book, it is reasonable to ask if some of those tasks could usefully be performed in better, faster, and cheaper ways. (Read more from the Scholarly Kitchen.)

Cindy Sherman Takes Selfies (as Only She Could) on Instagram

For the most part artists use Instagram like the rest of us: as a document of everyday fascinations, a bit scrubbed up for public consumption. But Cindy Sherman—who knows more than most about the deceptions of selfies—has quietly been exploring Instagram’s potential for something more than self-promotion. (Read more from the New York Times.)

Performance Piece Featuring Witches Raises Questions at Seattle Art Fair

On Thursday evening, at the end of the first day of the Seattle Art Fair, I went on a witch hunt. Ten women wearing black hooded cloaks were wandering the aisles. Amid booths housing galleries from around the world, the dark figures walked, carrying battle axes, reading poetry, playing music, and taking pictures on their phones. (Read more from the Observer.)

Philippe de Montebello on How the Metropolitan Museum Can Reclaim Its Glory

Philippe de Montebello is an institution in his own right—as venerable and encyclopedic as would befit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which he led for three decades. Recently, Artnet News’s editor-in-chief sat down with de Montebello to discuss the changes and opportunities at the Met, and his new role in the gallery world. (Read more from Artnet News.)

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

How Do Artists Get Gallery Representation?

While it’s possible to go it alone, it’s hard to understate the importance of a supportive, dedicated gallery to your career. The right gallerist doubles as a sounding board while you develop your work, a public platform for your practice, and a source of income. (Read more from Artsy.) 

Seven Residencies That Can Help Emerging Artists

For young artists fresh from art school or an MFA program, studio space may be prohibitively expensive, and leaving the nurturing bubble of school is daunting. Residencies can fill that gap—if these up-and-coming artists know which ones to apply for. (Read more from Artnet News.)

The Distracted Classroom: Transparency, Autonomy, and Pedagogy 

If we want to make a dent in the problem of digital distractions in class, we must begin by clarifying the policies we have created and the reasons behind them. Those reasons might look different from teacher to teacher. (Read more from the Chronicle of Higher Education.)

Another Year on the Academic Job Market

Perhaps the summer months can provide you some time for concentrated focus on your next—and hopefully last—round on the market. Here is one person’s perspective on what you might do between now and the next academic hiring season. (Read more from Inside Higher Ed.)

Your Syllabus Doesn’t Have to Look Like a Contract

Zac Wendler was tired of the same routine at the beginning of every semester. He would hand out his syllabus—five or so pages of text—and students would glance at it and wait for him to walk them through it. Then for the rest of the semester, they would ask him questions that could be easily answered if they had read the syllabus. (Read more from Vitae.)

Protesters Call on ICA Boston to Cancel Dana Schutz Show

An exhibition of Dana Schutz’s recent work opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and it won’t be without controversy. Protestors released an open letter expressing their disappointment that the museum is honoring an artist they believe should instead be held accountable for her portrait of Emmett Till, Open Casket. (Read more from Hyperallergic.)

Why We Shouldn’t Punish Small Museums for Deaccessioning

AAM and AAMD contend that their member institutions should only deaccession artworks in their holdings for the express purpose of either acquiring new works or, in the AAM’s case, caring for existing works. It’s an ideologically pure, dependably crowd-pleasing position to take. (Read more from Artnet News.)

Look Up, See a Masterpiece

You’re strolling around an art museum, and one painting catches your eye. Intrigued and mesmerized, you think to yourself, “Now that’s a masterpiece!” Many intangibles go into that judgment, but new research suggests it is partially inspired by one easily measured variable: the painting’s placement on the wall. (Read more from Pacific Standard.)

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