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June 2012 Issue of The Art Bulletin
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The June 2012 issue of The Art Bulletin contains essays on Pablo Picasso's paper Guitar from 1912 and the dynamic relationship between text and image in the 1605 manuscript Shahnama (Book of Kings). The topic of this issue's Notes from the Field—appropriation—features an essay by the painter Georg Baselitz, among other contributors. More


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Register for CAA's San Diego Workshop for Artists
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The San Diego Foundation is hosting CAA's first National Professional-Development Workshop for Artists of this year. Registration for the event, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 29-30, 2012, is now open. More

2011 Doctoral Dissertations in caa.reviews
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caa.reviews has just published the authors and titles of doctoral dissertations in art history and visual studies—both completed and in progress—from American and Canadian institutions for calendar year 2011. The list also includes dissertations completed and in progress between 2002 and 2010, making information about their topics available through web searches. More

May Meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee
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The CAA Board of Directors met in New York on Sunday, May 6, 2012, for its spring meeting. One day before, the Executive Committee convened to hear presentations from invited guests. The following report summarizes the contents of these two meetings. More

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Six Books Receive Publishing Grants from CAA's Meiss Fund
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This spring, CAA has awarded grants to the publishers of six books in art history and visual culture—including titles on Cold War visual culture, the building process in Baroque Rome, and late Maya painting—through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund. More

Join the Millard Meiss Publication Fund Jury
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CAA seeks nominations and self-nominations for an individual with a specialization in a historic period in Asian, Southeast Asian, American, or Precolumbian art to serve on the Millard Meiss Publication Fund Jury for a four-year term, ending on June 30, 2016. Deadline: August 8, 2012. More

Letter of Support for the Council of American Overseas Research Centers
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CAA's president and executive director have sent a letter supporting the Council of American Overseas Research Centers' proposal to the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to continue the work and operations of overseas research centers. More

Letter of Support for Malian Cultural Heritage
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In light of current military action in northern Mali, CAA's president and executive director have sent a letter to the École du Patrimoine Africain in Benin concerning the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Mali and adherence to international conventions. More

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Nominate Colleagues for the 2013 Awards for Distinction
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CAA seeks your nominations of colleagues for the twelve Awards for Distinction for 2013, to be presented next February at the 101st Annual Conference in New York. The different perspectives and anecdotes from multiple personal letters of recommendation provide the award juries with a clearer picture of the qualities and attributes of the nominees. Deadline: July 31, 2012, for the Morey and Barr awards; August 31, 2012, for all others. More

Fellowships for MFA and PhD Students
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CAA is now accepting applications from MFA and PhD students for the 2013 Professional-Development Fellowships in Visual Arts and Art History. Applicants must be CAA members and graduating in calendar year 2013. Deadline: October 1, 2012. More

Apply for a Fall 2012 Meiss Grant
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Twice a year CAA offers publishing grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund that support new books in art history, visual studies, and related subjects. If you have a book in the works or know someone who does, please review the application guidelines, materials, and lists of previous grantees. Deadline: October 1, 2012. More



Apply to the CAA International Travel Grant Program
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CAA is accepting applications for the second year of its International Travel Grant Program, generously supported by the Getty Foundation, which will provide funding to twenty art historians, museum curators, and artists who teach art history to attend the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Applicants must live and work outside the United States; professionals from developing countries or from nations underrepresented in CAA's membership are especially encouraged to apply. Deadline: August 15, 2012. More

Download Abstracts 2012
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Registrants for the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles can download Abstracts 2012 through July 31, 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

Audio Recordings from the 2012 Annual Conference
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Audio recordings for eighty-three conference sessions—including "Picturing Urban Space in Central Europe since 1839," "Oleg Grabar's Impact on the Practice and History of Art," and the two-part "Mobile Art: The Aesthetics of Mobile Network Culture in Place Making"—are available for sale. More


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caa.reviews publishes critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies.

Book Reviews
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Swati Chattopadhyay, Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism, and the Colonial Uncanny (New York: Routledge, 2005); and William J. Glover, Making Lahore Modern: Constructing and Imagining a Colonial City (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008). Reviewed by Saleema Waraich. OPEN CONTENT

Carolyn Dean, A Culture of Stone: Inka Perspectives on Rock (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010); and Gauvin Alexander Bailey, The Andean Hybrid Baroque: Convergent Cultures in the Churches of Colonial Peru (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010). Reviewed by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann.

Peter H. Wood, "Near Andersonville": Winslow Homer's Civil War (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010). Reviewed by Susanna W. Gold.


Exhibition Reviews
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Dalí Museum, The Dalí (opened November 1, 2011); and the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art/Cornelia Corbett Center (opened February 6, 2010). Reviewed by Vladimir Kulić.



Priceless Heritage at Risk from Extremists
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Concern for the cultural heritage of Mali is growing after militant Islamic fundamentalists desecrated a fifteenth-century tomb of a Muslim saint in Timbuktu in May and threatened to destroy other tombs as well as anything else they perceive as being idolatrous or contrary to their version of Islam. The northern Malian city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to several other such tombs, three historic mosques, and many small museums. Timbuktu also has between 600,000 and one million ancient manuscripts housed in public and private collections that are vulnerable to acts of destruction from the occupying rebel forces and from those looking to profit from the political unrest. More

Transitioning to a Digital World: Art History, Its Research Centers, and Digital Scholarship
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In order to help scholars better understand the current state of digital art history and how it relates to traditional art-history research centers, the Kress Foundation has published a study of the subject, completed by Diane Zorich, a cultural-heritage consultant with extensive experience in the digital humanities and art history. The final report, Transitioning to a Digital World: Art History, Its Research Centers, and Digital Scholarship, was produced in partnership with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University—a key node in the emerging network of the digital humanities under the inspired leadership of Daniel Cohen. More

It's Not Billions, but It Can Help Rescue an Artist
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Many Americans—the out of work, the underwater, the plain fed up—have been asking that question since big banks and automakers received all those taxpayer-financed rescues in 2008. But it turns out that a number of small, private rescue funds have been lending a hand to a group that is definitely not in the too-big-to-fail camp: writers, artists, and other creative types. Think of these funds as sort of a TARP for the arts crowd, only with much smaller dollar figures, and with little or no help from Washington. More

Why the Google Art Project Is Important
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Our schools and libraries are being radically reimagined for the digital age. Museums, on the other hand, have remained largely insular and focused on their institutional identity. So perhaps it's no surprise that the most recent digital innovation comes not from the museums themselves but from Google, which launched the second iteration of the Google Art Project in April. Google faces numerous challenges among academics; nevertheless, we should recognize that the project has done something extraordinary for both museums and for education. A small team based in London persuaded more than 150 museums from around the world to share more than 32,400 high-resolution images beyond their own institutional boundaries. This is a really big deal. More

A Perspective on the Complexities of Copyright and Creativity from a Victim of Infringement
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Erin McKeown, a wonderful musician who has been involved in discussions on copyright and internet access—and who was especially helpful in the fight against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—recently wrote the following thoughtful, heartfelt piece concerning the emotional roller coaster of having someone copy your work, and how all of this relates to copyright law. More

MLA Shift on Copyright
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Literary scholars on Twitter were offering praise last week for an announcement by the Modern Language Association that it is adopting a new author agreement for its journals (including the flagship PMLA) that will leave copyright with authors, enabling them to post versions in open-access repositories, or on individual or departmental websites. The open-access movement has in some ways made the most headway in the sciences, where requirements from federal agencies and other funders have many times forced journals to permit authors to post their papers in repositories that have no paywall. Humanities journals, in contrast, publish relatively little work that is the direct result of grants, so these publications (and the disciplinary groups that run them) have been able to consider these issues without government pressure. More

For the Saint Louis Art Museum, a Legal Victory Raises Ethical Questions
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In certain respects, the tale of the Ka-Nefer-Nefer follows a familiar script: like many disputed antiquities, the Egyptian funerary mask was unearthed last century and quickly vanished, spending nearly fifty years in obscurity before resurfacing on the European art market in the late 1990s. The Saint Louis Art Museum soon bought the mask: an elaborately tooled cartonnage of blended gold, glass, and linen, which has since become the centerpiece in a bitter ownership dispute between the museum, which claims clear title, and Egypt, which charges the mask was plundered from a government storeroom. But this story went decidedly off-script last year after US officials, acting on Egypt's behalf, entered the fray. More

They Rose in Protest, Now Kansas Arts Groups Cheer
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Last year when Kansas became the first state in the nation to completely eliminate arts funding, arts supporters did not take kindly to the proposal. A rally opposing the cut drew hundreds to the statehouse, and this year Governor Sam Brownback's administration reversed course and restored some funding for the arts. The administration also proposed a new group called the Creative Arts Industries Commission that will focus on economic growth through art. More
 



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