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Field Notes on the Visual Arts

What is the relation of art and history? What is art today? Why does art affect us?  In Field Notes on the Visual Arts, seventy-five scholars, curators, and artists traverse chronology and geography to reveal the meanings and dilemmas of art. Organized under seven major headings—anthropomorphism, appropriation, contingency, detail, materiality, time, and tradition—the contributions are written by historians of art, literature, culture, and science, as well as archaeologists, anthropologists, philosophers, curators, and artists. By bringing together voices that are generally separated both inside and outside the academy, Field Notes on the Visual Arts makes clear that the work of art is both meaningful and resistant to meaning.

340 pages | 150 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2019

Art: Art--General Studies

History: European History

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Table of Contents



PART 1: Anthropomorphism

Part 2: Appropriation

Part 3: Contingency

Part 4: Detail

Part 5: Materiality

Part 6: Mimesis

Part 7: Time

Part 8: Tradition


Short Bibliography


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