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posted by April 13, 2018


Lisa Strong writes about Capital Culture: J. Carter Brown, the National Gallery of Art, and the Reinvention of the Museum Experience by Neil Harris. Read the full review at

Rebecca Zorach explores South Africa: The Art of a Nation edited by John Giblin and Chris Spring. Read the full review at

Ellen Prokop reviews August L. Mayer y la pintura española: Ribera, Goya, El Greco, Velázquez by Teresa Posada Kubissa. Read the full review at 

Preeti Chopra discusses Architecture and Empire in Jamaica by Louis P. Nelson. Read the full review at

Beate Pittnauer looks at Zeitspeicher der Fotografie: Zukunftsbilder, 1860–1913 by Katja Müller-Helle. Read the full review at

Chris Collier examines The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life edited by Sharon Louden. Read the full review at

Sadé Ayorinde reviews No Laughing Matter: Visual Humor in Ideas of Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity edited by Angela Rosenthal, David Bindman, and Adrian W. B. Randolph. Read the full review at

Jonathan Walley writes about The Off-Screen: An Investigation of the Cinematic Frame by Eyal Peretz. Read the full review at

Rose Marie San Juan discusses The Bible and the Printed Image in Early Modern England: Little Gidding and the Pursuit of Scriptural Harmony by Michael Gaudio. Read the full review at

Helena Vilalta explores 1971: A Year in the Life of Color by Darby English. Read the full review at

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RAAMP Chalks It Up

posted by April 12, 2018

CAA’s RAAMP project is an online repository for resources pertaining to museum professionals at university art collections. One of RAAMP’s newest resources is Descriptive Terminology for Works of Art on Paper, developed in 2014 by the conservation team at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This document provides “guidelines,” as its subtitle suggests, “for the accurate and consistent description of the materials and techniques of drawings, prints, and collages.” The Terminology was supported by the federally funded agency the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which recently partnered with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to create a Digital Humanities Advancement grant-making program. The Association of Print Scholars, one of CAA’s Affiliated Societies, has promoted this resource as an especially refined and technical manual to characterize the processes of manufacturing an array of works. Its riches include the diversity of drawing media and their distinctions, as in “distinguishing black chalk from graphite and charcoal.” Other areas include the categories of print varieties and their processes, such as relief, intaglio, and planographic prints.

Visit the resource on RAAMP, add your insights on Humanities Commons, and submit your own resources here.

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by April 11, 2018

Paul Cézanne, Madame Cézanne in a Red Dress, from 1888–1890. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met Goes Beyond Its Doors to Pick a Leader Who Bridges Art and Technology

For the first time in 60 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has reached beyond its own doors for a new leader. (New York Times)

Frick Collection, With Fourth Expansion Plan, Crosses Its Fingers Again

The garden that upended the museum’s previous attempt to renovate its 1914 Gilded Age mansion is now the centerpiece of its revised design. (New York Times)

US Army Teams Up With Conservators to Preserve Outdoor Art

Art conservators and the Army Research Laboratory are working together to conserve outdoor painted sculpture by Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, and Tony Smith. (Hyperallergic)

The Lurchingly Uneven Portraits of Paul Cézanne

In an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, wonderments consort with clunkers, often on the same canvas. (The New Yorker)

Humanities and science collaboration isn’t well understood, but letting off STEAM is not the answer

The humanities are not just an ethical adjunct to the sciences. (The Conversation)

International Arts Rights Advisors Survey on Online Harassment

As an artist have you been intimidated, trolled, harassed or bullied online? Share your experiences with International Arts Rights Advisors (IARA), a collective of arts and human rights experts, in this anonymous survey. (IARA)

The Most Beautiful College Libraries in America

Celebrate #NationalLibraryWeek with these academic libraries. (Travel + Leisure)

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CAA is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant. This program, which provides financial support for the publication of book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, is made possible by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this grant, “American art” is defined as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States.

The seven Terra Foundation grantees for 2018 are:

Buquet, Benoît, Graphics: Art and design graphique aux États-Unis dans les anées 1960 et 1970, Les Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais.
Winner of the International Author Conference Subvention.

Chicago, Judy, Through the Flower—My Struggle as a Woman Artist, translated into French by Sophie Taam, Les Presses du Réel.

Hills, Patricia, Modern Art in the USA: Issues and Controversies of the 20th Century, translated into Chinese by Qiao Hu, Jiangsu Phoenix Fine Arts Publishing.

Mehring, Frank, Riding the Tidal Wave of Modernism: (Trans)National Approaches to the Artwork of Winold Reiss, Deutscher Kunstverlag.
Winner of the International Author Conference Subvention.

Sheehan, Tanya, Study in Black and White: Race, Photography, Humor, Pennsylvania State University Press.

Sutton, Gloria, Stan VanDerBeek’s Movie-Drome: An Experience Machine, translated into French. Preface by Philippe-Alain Michaud. Éditions B2.

Wells, K. L. H., Weaving Modernism: Postwar Tapestry Between Paris and New York, Yale University Press.

The International Author Conference Subventions confer two non-US authors of top-ranked books travel funds and complimentary registration to attend CAA’s 2019 Annual Conference in New York, February 13-16; they also received one-year CAA memberships.

The two author awardees for 2018 are:

  • Benoît Buquet
  • Frank Mehring
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Kelly Murdoch-Kitt and Denielle Emans

posted by April 09, 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, Kelly Murdoch-Kitt, assistant professor at University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art and Design, and Denielle Emans, assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus in Qatar, discuss virtual cross-cultural collaborations.

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posted by April 06, 2018


Kevin Lotery reviews Buon Fresco by Tacita Dean. Read the full review at

Sarah Schaefer examines No Idols: The Missing Theology of Art by Thomas Crow. Read the full review at

Rikki Byrd writes about Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style by Shantrelle P. Lewis. Read the full review at

Sybil E. Gohari explores Matisse/Diebenkorn edited by Janet Bishop and Katherine Rothkopf. Read the full review at

Caitlin Beach looks at Slavery, Geography and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica by Charmaine A. Nelson. Read the full review at

Charles Snyder writes about Oceans of Love: The Uncontainable Gregory Battcock by Gregory Battcock, edited by Joseph Grigely. Read the full review at

Tricia Y. Paik discusses Ellsworth Kelly: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Reliefs, and Sculpture, Volume One, 1940–1953 by Yve-Alain Bois. Read the full review at

Cynthia Colburn reviews Art of Mesopotamia by Zainab Bahrani. Read the full review at

Elizabeth Childs examines Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade by Simon Kelly and Esther Bell. Read the full review at 

Natilee Harren explores South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s by Kellie Jones. Read the full review at

Rachel Boate writes about the exhibition Matisse and American Art at the Montclair Art Museum. Read the full review at

Nadja Rottner discusses the exhibition The Transported Man at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Read the full review at 

Annie Paul considers From San Juan to Paris and Back: Francisco Oller and Caribbean Art in the Era of Impressionism by Edward J. Sullivan. Read the full review at

Dorota Biczel reviews Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen by Andrea Andersson, Lucy Lippard, Macarena Gómez-Barris, and Julia Bryan-Wilson. Read the full review at

Erin Hyde Nolan writes about Camera Orientalis: Reflections on Photography of the Middle East by Ali Behdad. Read the full review at

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CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for individuals to serve on eight of the thirteen juries for the annual Awards for Distinction for three years (2018–21). Terms begin in May 2018; award years are 2019–21. CAA’s fifteen 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 hold a position on a CAA committee or editorial board beyond May 31, 2018. CAA’s president and vice president for committees appoint jury members for service.

Jury vacancies for spring 2018:

Nominations and self-nominations should include a brief statement (no more than 150 words) outlining the individual’s qualifications and experience and a CV (an abbreviated CV no more than two pages, may be submitted). Please send all materials by email to Aakash Suchak, CAA grants and special programs manager; submissions must be sent as Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments. For questions about jury service and responsibilities, contact Tiffany Dugan, CAA director of programs and publications.

Deadline extended! New deadline is: Thursday, May 31, 2018.

News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by April 04, 2018

Michael Rakowitz in front of The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist in Trafalgar Square. Photo by Caroline Teo, via artnet News.

Art’s Most Popular: Exhibition and Museum Visitor Figures 2017

The Art Newspaper’s just-published annual survey ranks the world’s most visited shows, reveals the most cultured city in the US, and explains the secrets behind naming a blockbuster. (The Art Newspaper)

Louvre Says “Non” to Minister’s Mona Lisa Grand Tour

France’s culture minister Françoise Nyssen initially proposed lending the work as a way to fight “cultural segregation.” (The Art Newspaper)

Tourist Attraction in Indonesia Rips Off Chris Burden, Yayoi Kusama, and Museum of Ice Cream

A tourism park in Indonesia aiming to be a destination for selfies is under fire for its attractions that copy widely recognized contemporary artworks. (Hyperallergic)

Why the City of Los Angeles Hired a “Chief Design Officer”

Christopher Hawthorne, The Los Angeles Times architecture critic since 2004, will become the city’s first chief design officer, a position offered to him by Mayor Eric Garcetti. (Hyperallergic) 

The Ghost of Iraq’s Lost Heritage Comes to Trafalgar Square as Michael Rakowitz Unveils His Fourth Plinth Sculpture

The Iraqi-American artist unveiled his Fourth Plinth commission in London on March 28th. (artnet News)

John Baldessari Gets the Greatest Accolade of Them All – a Guest Turn on The Simpsons

John Baldessari has been the recipient of countless awards in the course of his long career. But last week, he received the highest honor of them all: a guest appearance on The Simpsons(Apollo Magazine)

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Through the Repellent Fence, 2017 (film still), dir. Sam Wainwright Douglas, 74 mins.

Just published on Art Journal Open, “Decentering Land Art from the Borderlands: A Review of Through the Repellent Fence” by Emily Eliza Scott presents a close look at the 2017 film Through the Repellent Fence, a documentary about the interdisciplinary collective Postcommodity. Scott examines Postcommodity’s practice, its relation to and divergences from Land art traditions, and the role of art along the US-Mexico border. Click here to read more.

Art Journal Open is a forum for the visual arts that presents artists’ projects, conversations and interviews, scholarly essays, and other forms of content from across the cultural field. Published by CAA, Art Journal Open is the online, open-access affiliate to Art Journal, a quarterly journal devoted to twentieth- and twenty-first-century art and art history. 

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The CAA 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles. Image by Rafael Cardenas

Has your CAA membership lapsed? Spring is the time to come back to CAA. Rejoin CAA during the month of April and get 25% off any Tiered membership level.

We are working hard to add new member benefits all the time, like publisher discounts, hotel discounts, discounts on legal services, and website design and printing services. We are speaking out on behalf of the profession to ensure the visual arts remain strong and vibrant. We are making CAA the organization every professional in the visual arts must be part of.

Plan on participating in the 2019 Annual Conference, February 13-16, 2019? Submissions are due April 27, 2018.

Join your colleagues and fellow professionals in creating the programming for the largest gathering of art historians, artists, designers, curators, arts administrators, museum professionals, and others in the visual arts.

Now is the perfect time to rejoin and save.

Offer valid from April 1–April 30, 2018 to all individual lapsed members for a one-year membership. Log in to your CAA account to view the discount code. Code will be visible after log in from April 1–April 30, 2018.

Questions? Contact Member Services at 212-691-1051, ext. 1.

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