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Spring Art Journal Features Artist's Project by Paul Sietsema and Centennial Essay by Richard Shiff
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CAA recently published the Spring 2011 issue of Art Journal, which includes a Centennial essay by the noted scholar Richard Shiff and, on the front and back covers, a project by the Los Angeles-based artist Paul Sietsema. More

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May Meeting of the CAA Board of Directors
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The CAA Board of Directors discussed the past, present, and future of the organization at its recent meeting, held earlier this spring on May 1, 2011. More

Report from the National Committee for the History of Art
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The National Committee for the History of Art, which helps connect art historians in the United States to the quadrennial Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art conference, has been rethinking its national and international role and offers a summary report. More

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Apply for a CAA Publishing Grant
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CAA is offering two publishing-grant opportunities this fall—through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant—that support new books in art history and related subjects. More

caa.reviews Publishes Dissertations List in Art History and Visual Studies
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caa.reviews has published the list of dissertations completed and in progress for calendar year 2010. Titles from 2002 to 2009 also appear on the website of CAA's reviews journal. More

Announcing Art History Publishing Initiative

University of Washington Press, Duke University Press, Penn State Press, and University of Pennsylvania Press to publish first books by art history scholars in grant funded by Mellon Foundation. www.arthistorypi.org
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Nominate a Colleague for a CAA Award
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CAA encourages you to nominate colleagues for the twelve Awards for Distinction for 2012, to be presented next February at the Annual Conference in Los Angeles. The different perspectives and anecdotes from multiple personal letters of recommendation provide award juries with a clearer picture of the qualities and attributes of the nominees. More

Contribute to the 2011 Publications Fund
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The Art Bulletin, Art Journal, and caa.reviews have provided important platforms for the open discussion and publication of scholarly, theoretical, and practical issues in the arts. With the Centennial year in mind, CAA hopes that you will support the journals with a generous gift to the 2011 Publications Fund. More

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Chair a Session at the 2013 Annual Conference in New York
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On Monday, June 27, 2011, CAA will begin accepting proposals for sessions for the 101st Annual Conference in New York, to be held February 13-16, 2013. Please review the detailed instructions so that you are ready to begin the process at the end of the month. More



National Coalition Against Censorship Posts Video of "Policing the Sacred"
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The National Coalition Against Censorship has edited video of "Policing the Sacred: Art, Censorship, and the Politics of Faith," a session held during the 2011 CAA Annual Conference in New York, and posted it on YouTube in two parts. More

Documenta Website Posts Audio of CAA Centennial Session on "Feminism"
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Audio of the 2011 CAA Centennial Session on "Feminism," cochaired by Norma Broude of American University and Griselda Pollock of the University of Leeds, has been uploaded to the website of Documenta, the major international art exhibition that takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. More



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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Fiona Candlin and Raiford Guins, eds., The Object Reader. Reviewed by Hazel Clark.

Michel Pastoureau, Black: The History of a Color. Reviewed by Johanne Lamoureux.

Susie Linfield, The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence. Reviewed by Marta Zarzycka. OPEN CONTENT

Ann Marie Yasin, Saints and Church Spaces in the Late Antique Mediterranean: Architecture, Cult, and Community. Reviewed by Linda Safran.


Exhibition Reviews
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Museum of Modern Art, Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography. Reviewed by Susan Laxton.

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Doctored Photos: The Art of the Altered Image
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Photographic images can be altered and manipulated in various ways to change their meaning. Some of the most obvious and oft-cited historical examples are those in which discredited party officials were clumsily erased from group pictures: Trotsky is erased, leaving Lenin to address the troops; Goebbels is erased, leaving Hitler standing next to a ghostly absence; etc. These historical instances of altered photographs seem quaint in the age of Photoshop, when any image can easily be changed, leaving no visible trace of the alteration. More

University Presses Are Warned to Guard Copyrights while Sharing Their Wares
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University presses have injected a lot of energy lately into collaboration: with each other, with their parent institutions, and with academic libraries. But this month, at the presses' annual meeting, the appeal of collaborating ran up against worries that their strongest asset, intellectual property, is under threat. More

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Could Pirates Be Your Friends?
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In the digital age, "copy" has become something of a four-letter word for academic publishers. The copyright wars between publishers, libraries, and interlopers such as Google have resulted in courtroom skirmishes over what is free, what is fair—and what, ultimately, is best for creativity and intellectual life. But parallel to this heady debate, university presses face another copying problem that has been complicated by the growing importance of digital content: Piracy. More

Thinking Deep Thoughts about Art and Politics
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Forty years ago, art and politics intersected importantly. The avant-garde flourished. And the academy disapproved. Protest songs may have been the soundtrack for ending the Vietnam War, but on days when stinging tear gas from demonstrations seeped into its building, the music department at the University of California, Berkeley, to choose one example, insisted that politics sullied art. Shostakovich, Leonard Bernstein, and John Cage were to be despised for the political content of their music. More

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Is This Painting of a Young Girl One of Picasso's Earliest Works?
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Researchers in Spain have discovered a painting that may be a portrait by Pablo Picasso of his sister, Maria Concepción, who died of diphtheria in 1895 at age seven. The family that owns the painting wishes to remain anonymous and lives in Malaga, Picasso's hometown. At the owners' request, a team of art experts at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia has been studying the work, which, according to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, was painted over for unknown reasons in the 1930s. More

Another Appropriation Artist Loses Copyright Lawsuit; Are We Nearing the End of Appropriation Art?
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With Shepard Fairey settling his lawsuit with the Associated Press over an appropriated photo of President Obama, and Richard Prince losing his lawsuit for appropriating a photograph and then adding some paint to it, it seems like appropriation artists are running into more and more legal troubles. And now there's another such legal ruling. Thierry Guetta, who was made famous by being the centerpiece of Banksy's Exit from the Gift Shop documentary, has failed to persuade a judge that his artwork does not infringe on the photograph by Glen E. Friedman of the band Run DMC. More



Digital Textbooks Slow to Catch On
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While autobiographies and murder mysteries, romance novels and self-help books have enjoyed a smooth transition from print to pixel, the college textbook has met resistance in its digital form. Although sites like CourseSmart, a collective effort among the five biggest American academic publishers to offer digital content, have made e-textbooks widely available at prices that are as much as 60 percent lower than the print editions, sales have yet to catch up. More

The Art World and the Money-Go-Round
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Contemporary art is in an awkward position when it comes to greenbacks. On the one hand art needs to operate outside the traditional systems to retain its criticality and power, while on the other it needs cash in order to make ideas a reality and put food on the table. Money clearly manipulates the most well-intentioned critique, and this uneasy relationship is on constant display, from fundraising to exhibition, right on down to public reception. More
 



 



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