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The State of CAA: A Report from the Executive Director
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Linda Downs, CAA executive director, provides members with a summary of the 2012 Annual Conference, a report from the February meeting of the Board of Directors, and a few thoughts about looking ahead. More

40% Off Buildings, Landscapes, and Societies

Now through the end of March get 40% off on in-print books in the Buildings, Landscapes, and Societies series, including The Culture of Architecture in Enlightenment Rome by Heather Hyde Minor. And Constantinopolis/Istanbul by Çiğdem Kafescioğlu Use code CAABLS at checkout. For more information about Buildings, Landscapes, and Societies click here.

Dear Colleague Letter in Support of the NEA and NEH
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US Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) is circulating a Dear Colleague letter that requests funding for the National Endowment for the Art and the National Endowment for the Humanities for fiscal year 2013, as requested in President Barack Obama's federal budget. CAA encourages you to contact your senators, asking them to sign the letter. More

Ask Your US Senators to Fund the IMLS Office of Museum Services
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In conjunction with Museums Advocacy Day, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is circulating a Dear Colleague letter urging the Senate Appropriations Committee to provide $50 million in fiscal year 2013 for the Office of Museum Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services. CAA asks that you contact your representatives, encouraging them to sign the letter. More

CAA Seeks Jury Members for the Awards for Distinction
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CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for individuals to serve on seven of the twelve juries for the annual Awards for Distinction for three years (2012–15). Terms begin in May 2012; award years are 2013–15. Deadline: April 2, 2012. More

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NAMTA Survey on Art Materials
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The International Art Materials Association (NAMTA) conducts an international study of artists and art materials every three years and is asking all artists, art students, and art instructors in the United States and Canada to contribute by completing an online survey. Deadline: April 2, 2012. More

Nominations Sought for 2013-17 Board Service
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CAA seeks nominations and self-nominations from individuals interested in shaping the future of the organization by serving on the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2017. Deadline: April 2, 2012. More

The Editor's Choice

Register at our site for free online access to articles chosen by the Editors of our visual arts journals throughout February. MORE

Apply for a Spring Meiss Publishing Grant
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CAA is accepting applications for spring grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund, which supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. Deadline: April 1, 2012. More

D.C.'s Art School

Focused on the idea of direct and intensely creative education, the Corcoran College of Art + Design is the only college of art and design in the museum and college-rich environment of Washington, D.C., and one of the only art schools in the country fully integrated with a world-class museum.

March Issue of The Art Bulletin Introduces Three New Article Series
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The March 2012 issue of The Art Bulletin introduces three new series of feature articles—titled "Regarding Art and Art History," "Notes from the Field," and "Interview"—that the journal will publish over the next two volume years. The issue also contains significant essays and book reviews exploring Japanese, European, African, and American art. More

Winter Art Journal Explores and Exploits Print
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The latest issue of Art Journal is dedicated to manifestations of print, from the cultural roles of published artifacts in the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries (by Michael Leja and the editors of the collective Triple Canopy respectively) to artist's projects by Richard Tuttle and Matthew Brannon that exploit the physical conditions of the printed journal itself. Selected articles are featured as free content on the Art Journal website. More

Interdisciplinary Practices in Bio Art

This summer, artists can explore Bio Art in SVA's residency program at the Fine Arts Nature and Technology Laboratory in the heart of Chelsea. MORE

Professional Liability Insurance for Art Authenticators
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CAA offers an informational article regarding professional liability insurance so that art authenticators, appraisers, scholars, artists, curators, and other practitioners in the field of visual art and art history may recognize their exposures to financial losses and adopt effective means to deal with them. More

CAA Directories of Graduate Schools
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The complete versions of Graduate Programs in Art History and Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts are now available. Each full volume costs $41 for CAA members and $51 for nonmembers, plus shipping and handling. In addition, all entries within six of eight program types are sold as discrete, perfect-bound, soft-cover books. Alternatively, you can order all entries within each program type as an ebook. More

Recent Deaths in the Arts
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Mike Kelley, Dorothea Tanning, and Antoni Tàpies are among the artists, scholars, architects, curators, collectors, and other professionals in the visual arts that appear on this month's list of obituaries. More

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Centennial CAA T-Shirts
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In celebration of the 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CAA is selling commemorative Centennial t-shirts in four sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. The pink-on-black shirts are available for $5 plus $3 for shipping and handling, while supplies last. More

Lecture Series at Michigan State University
The Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University is pleased to announce our 2011 – 2012 Guest Lecture Series participants. Held annually, the series invites twenty artists, scholars, and critics to campus. Associated programming includes: panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, and studio visits with graduate & undergraduate students.  more

Download Abstracts 2012
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Registrants for the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles can now download Abstracts 2012. This publication, available as a PDF, summarizes the contents of hundreds of papers and talks that were presented in program sessions this year. More publishes critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies.

Book Reviews    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Paolo Morello, La fotografia in Italia 1945–1975 (Rome: Contrasto, 2010); and Maria Antonella Pelizzari, Photography and Italy (London: Reaktion Books, 2011). Reviewed by Sarah Patricia Hill.

Christopher P. Heuer, The City Rehearsed: Object, Architecture, and Print in the Worlds of Hans Vredeman de Vries (New York: Routledge, 2009). Reviewed by Freek Schmidt.

Wu Hung, The Art of the Yellow Springs: Understanding Chinese Tombs (Honolulu: University Of Hawai'i Press, 2010). Reviewed by Sheri A. Lullo.

Serenella Ciclitira, ed., Korean Eye: Contemporary Korean Art (New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2010). Reviewed by Yeon Shim Chung.

Summer Institute in Technical Art History

The Institute will be held June 18- 29, 2012 at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Current doctoral students in art history with a strong interest in technical art history are encouraged to apply. MORE

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Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, The Peacock Room Comes to America (April 9, 2011–spring 2013). Reviewed by Chelsea Foxwell. OPEN ACCESS

The National Gallery of Art Launches a New Online Image Resource with an Open-Access Policy
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The National Gallery of Art has launched NGA Images, a new online resource that allows users to search, browse, share, and download images from the museum's permanent collection believed to be in the public domain. NGA Images features more than 20,000 open-access digital images, up to 3,000 pixels each, available free of charge for download and use. The resource is easily accessible through the gallery's website, and a standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More

Santa Monica College to Offer Two-Tier Course Pricing
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Faced with deep funding cuts and strong student demand, Santa Monica College is pursuing a plan to offer a selection of higher-cost classes to students who need them, provoking protests from some who question the fairness of such a two-tiered education system. Under the plan, approved by the governing board and believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the two-year college would create a nonprofit foundation to offer such in-demand classes as English and math at a cost of about $200 per unit. Currently, fees are $36 per unit, set by the legislature for California community-college students. That fee will rise to $46 this summer. More

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Learning from Things

Our MA and PhD students learn from things—from those of the most exquisite aesthetic value to the ordinary objects of everyday life. MORE

Spreading American Art beyond Its Borders
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Elizabeth Glassman likes to call the Terra Foundation for American Art, which she heads, a "museum without walls," but it wasn't supposed to be that way. Before its founder, Daniel J. Terra, died in 1996, he opened not one but three museums to house his collection of seven hundred works of American art from the late eighteenth century to 1945. But by 2004, his museum in Chicago—which had replaced his first, in Evanston, Illinois—had closed, racked by governance squabbles and poor attendance. Yet rather than being a cautionary tale of a founder's overreach, a reconfigured Terra Foundation has emerged as an alternative model for collectors contemplating museums of their own. More

At Forum Fueled by "Occupy" Energy, Liberal Scholars and Activists Take On the Corporatization of Academe
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In the shadow of marches and small pockets of Occupy Wall Street activities that have continued despite the protestors' eviction from Zuccotti Park months ago, thousands of progressive scholars and students gathered in New York over the weekend with communists, socialists, anarchists, and other types of unabashed revolutionaries. They came together at the Left Forum, an annual conference that has grown this year to an estimated five thousand attendees. The theme of this year's conference, held at Pace University, was "Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism." More

New - MA in Art History

The School of Art also offers the following degree programs: MAE, MFA in Art, and PhD in Fine Arts with field of specialization in Art.  MORE

What We've Lost with the Demise of Print Encyclopedias
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As the paperless future approaches, certain sorts of publications have inevitably moved into the all-digital realm faster than others. Most of us still prefer paper when it comes to beach novels, for instance, or the cherished volumes of our personal libraries. At the other extreme, scientific journals effectively went all-digital years ago; thanks to GPS, maps and road atlases are quickly following. Last week saw another milestone: the symbolic funeral of paper encyclopedias, with the inevitable announcement that the Encyclopedia Britannica is ceasing print publication. More

What You Can and Cannot Copyright
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Copyright cases are rare in the English courts, especially those involving artistic works. The most significant, recent artistic copyright case, involving the Designers Guild, which unusually reached the House of Lords (final appeals are now heard in the Supreme Court), is more than ten years old. That case involved infringing fabric designs inspired by the work of Henri Matisse and highlights that to be worth fighting there must be some significant commercial interest at stake in the alleged copying. More


Search the collections online and download free publication-quality images at Paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, historic frames, rare books and related library materials now available. MORE

Painting, On Film
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Gerhard Richter Painting, a new documentary on the eighty-year-old German artist Gerhard Richter, takes us right into his Cologne studio. Devoting most of its screen time to the artist at work, the ninety-seven-minute-long film was shot largely between April and September 2009, while he was preparing for an exhibition of abstract paintings at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York. Quiet, clean, and spare, the film is uncluttered by excessive interviews, dialogue, or biography. More

On the Market
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A classmate from college set me up at Sotheby's, a company I knew little about. In my interview, I told my future boss that I had never been able to imagine an idea that could be best expressed by painting it. "But," I added, making exaggerated eye contact, "appreciating art doesn't mean you can send effective emails. I can write. I can make your job easier for you." This is the best thing to say in an interview if you are young and unqualified to do anything other than maintain a personal blog. I started three weeks later. More

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