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Wen C. Fong Is CAA's Distinguished Scholar for 2013
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Wen C. Fong, a historian of Asian art, professor emeritus at Princeton University, and former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been named the 2013 Distinguished Scholar. CAA will present a session in his honor at the upcoming 101st Annual Conference in New York. More

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caa.reviews Seeks 2012 Doctoral Dissertations
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CAA seeks dissertation titles in art history and visual studies from American and Canadian institutions, both completed and in progress, for publication in caa.reviews in mid-2013. More

Kress Foundation Awards a Grant to CAA to Support Fair-Use Guidelines
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The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has awarded CAA a start-up grant to support the development of a Code of Best Practices for Fair Use of Copyrighted Images in the Creation and Curation of Artworks and Scholarly Publishing in the Visual Arts. The project will address all areas of the visual arts and involve participants from the fields of art history, studio art, print and online publishing, art museums, and related areas. More

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November 10 Workshop for Artists in Columbus, Ohio
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CAA's next Professional-Development Workshop for Artists will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Columbus College of Art and Design. The one-day event, called "Art and Entrepreneurship in the Creative Community," will explore the necessity of entrepreneurship coexisting with creativity for those artists who strive to have their work seen and heard by a larger public. More

Advertise in caa.reviews
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Reach an audience interested in critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and other projects in art history and visual studies by placing an advertisement on the caa.reviews homepage. More

Clark Fellowships 2012-2013

The Clark offers fellowships for scholars, critics, and curators working in the theory, history, and interpretation of the visual arts. Application deadline: November 1
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2013 Annual Conference Registration Has Opened
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Registration has opened for the 2013 Annual Conference in New York, taking place February 13–16, 2013. CAA encourages you to take advantage of the incredibly low rates: $170 for members and $100 for student and retired members. Early registration ends on December 14, 2012, after which prices increase. More

New from Getty Publications

Getty Publications produces award-winning titles that result from or complement the work of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute. These books cover a wide range of fields including art, photography, archaeology, architecture, conservation, and the humanities for both the general public and specialists. MORE


Register for a Professional Development Workshop
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CAA offers workshops on grant writing for artists, the academic job search, advice for beginning and inexperienced teachers, and other career-oriented topics at the New York conference. Enroll now to ensure your place. More

THATCamp on Digital Art History
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Register now for THATCamp CAA, an "unconference" on digital art history taking place on Monday and Tuesday, February 11–12, two days immediately preceding the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Registration is free but limited to one hundred participants. 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


Annual Conference Hotels
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The three official conference hotels—the Hilton New York, the Sheraton New York, and the Park Central Hotel—have begun accepting discounted reservations for attendees. The Hilton is the headquarters hotel, and the Park Central has special rates for students. More

Travel Discounts
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CAA has partnered with several companies to offer special rates for Annual Conference attendees. American Airlines and Delta both have a 5 percent savings on tickets, and Amtrak extends a 10 percent discount for rail travel. More


SAH Launches SAH Archipedia


SAH Archipedia offers a comprehensive view of the most notable architecture in the United States – visit now for full access (limited time only). MORE




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

Exhibition Reviews
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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, Celebrating the American Spirit: Masterworks from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (ongoing). Reviewed by Andrea Becksvoort.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, Celebrating the American Spirit: Masterworks from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (ongoing). Reviewed by Vladimir Kulić.

Multiple venues in Southern California, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980 (October 2011–March 2012). Reviewed by Suzanne Hudson. OPEN ACCESS


Book Reviews
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Jae Emerling, Photography: History and Theory (New York: Routledge, 2012); and Kathrin Yacavone, Benjamin, Barthes, and the Singularity of Photography (London: Continuum, 2012). Reviewed by Helen Westgeest.

Jacqueline Francis, Making Race: Modernism and "Racial Art" in America (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011). Reviewed by Jennifer Jane Marshall


Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide

A comprehensive handbook covering appraisal methodology, legal guidelines, and fifty areas of the fine and decorative arts. Hudson Hills Press/Appraisers Association of America. Pre-publication $75.




Metropolitan Museum of Art Offers Online Access to Hundreds of Publications
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is offering online access to hundreds of publications, including many out-of-print exhibition catalogues, through MetPublications. Beginning with close to 650 titles published from 1964 to the present, this major resource provides unparalleled in-depth access to the museum's renowned print and digital publications and will continue to expand and could eventually offer access to nearly all publications from the museum since its founding in 1870. More

FINE ARTS DOCTORAL PROGRAM

Texas Tech’s curriculum combines studies in music, theatre, and philosophy with a specialization emphasizing Critical Studies & Artistic Practice that examines diverse discourses in visual arts, explores transdisciplinary margins and disciplinary strengths, and supports a variety of professional goals. Doctoral students holding assistantships receive substantial reductions in tuition and fees. MORE:


Court Rules Book Scanning Is Fair Use, Suggesting Google Books Victory
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The Author's Guild has suffered another major setback in its fight to stop Google's ambitious book-scanning project. The guild recently lost a key ally when Google settled with a coalition of major publishers. Now a judge has ruled that the libraries which have provided Google with their books to scan are protected by copyright's fair-use doctrine. While the decision doesn't guarantee that Google will win—that's still to be decided in a separate lawsuit—the reasoning of the decision bodes well for Google's case. More

What Exactly Is Critical Thinking?
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Everyone applauds the idea of critical thinking, and liberal-arts colleges often make their ability to teach critical thinking a key selling point. But no one seems to define what is meant by that term. As I prepared for the start of classes this fall, I tried to pinpoint the critical-thinking skills I really want my students to learn. And as I listened to public debates on everything from tax policy to Obamacare, five essential thinking skills seemed to be missing, again and again. So, based on our dysfunctional national dialogue, here are the "core competencies" I hope to instill in my students. More

The Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University presents:

“Traditions--IV," the 20th Symposium on Architectural History and the Decorative Arts, on Friday, November 16, 2012. For a brochure or information about registration, please visit traditions.art.vcu.edu.


Painting Is a Metaphor: An Interview with Rackstraw Downes
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Rackstraw Downes's recent paintings are currently on view at Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York. Born in 1939 in Kent, England, he now lives between New York and Presidio, Texas. Well known for his panoramic landscapes, Downes works for months on site in both urban and rural surroundings. He is often described as a realist, but this term is perhaps better applied to his subject matter than to his technique. Through his sustained and intensive outdoor working process, his paintings empirically draw attention to the true nature of the twenty-first century landscape. More

2013 - 2014 Call for Applications

The Harry Ransom Center annually awards over 50 fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. Application Deadline: February 1, 2013. MORE


X-rays Reveal True Identity of Subject in Holbein Portrait
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The true identity of a man whose face has been known in Britain for four hundred years has been revealed by recently completed conservation work. Holbein's portrait, thought to be of a goldsmith called Hans of Antwerp, first came into royal possession in 1639, during the reign of Charles I, but early repair work obscured clues to the real name and trade of the man it depicts. Now, using x-ray technology and infrared photography, Royal Collection Trust conservators have discovered that Hans was in fact a merchant working in London's steelyards. More

Whatever Happened to Postmodernism?
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Once upon a time a hopelessly hopeful (but not utopian) new kind of inclusive and hybrid (but not universal) belief system magically appeared, dedicated to saving architecture and art from the doctrinaire constraints of modernism. It was called postmodernism, and was everything that the modernists found taboo: it included such impurities as theatricality, illusionism, and ornamentality. The sterile forms of modernism were suddenly seen as dogmatic, brutal, and exhausted. Now, some twenty years later, the ghost of postmodernism has returned. What once was a radical concept in Western culture that dominated avant-garde discourse—and signaled a shift from analysis to synthesis, from grids to maps, from the shock of the new to the retrieval of the old—has resurfaced as nothing more than a decorative style that is basically an update of Art Deco. More

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Learning from Things


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Libyan Shrines under Attack
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A wave of attacks on Muslim shrines in Libya has led to violent clashes between ultraconservative Islamists and locals trying to protect the holy sites. As we went to press, three people had been killed and several others wounded in the town of Rajma, 50 kilometers from Benghazi, when extremists attempted to destroy the mausoleum of Sidi al-Lafi. This is the fourth brazen attack in the country in recent weeks. Before the latest incident, people took to the streets in Libya's capital city, Tripoli, demanding that the newly elected parliament intervene to protect the country's vulnerable cultural heritage. More

Please Refrain from Taking a Hammer to the Michelangelo
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How can museums show off their priceless art treasures while protecting them from growing incidents of vandalism? That debate was renewed this week after a man used black paint to scrawl on Mark Rothko's Black on Maroon painting at Tate Modern in London. The Rothko incident is just the latest in a long tradition of museum art vandalism. More


 



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