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Art Journal Publishes Special Issue on Pacific Standard Time
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Pacific Standard Time, the massive project on art in southern California that concluded in June, is the topic of a special issue of Art Journal that has just been published. In addition to an artist's project by Allan Ruppersberg, the issue features texts by Connie Butler, Jan Tumlir, Lucia Sanromán, Malik Gaines, Michael Ned Holte, Ken Gonzales-Day, and more. More

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Revised Directory of Affiliated Societies
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CAA has updated the Directory of Affiliated Societies, a comprehensive list of the seventy-four groups that have joined CAA as affiliate members. The directory, published on a single webpage, includes the following information for each group: name, date of founding, size of membership, and annual dues; a brief statement on the society's nature or purpose; and the names of officers and/or contact people. More

July 31 Deadline for 2013 Morey and Barr Award Nominations
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Nominations for CAA's two book prizes—the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and the Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for museum catalogues—are due by July 31, 2012. 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 and their publications. More

New Leaders for CAA's Publications
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CAA has made appointments to its three scholarly journals and to the Publications Committee. Notably, Kirk Ambrose of the University of Colorado in Boulder has been named editor-in-chief of The Art Bulletin, and Michael Corris will become the reviews editor for Art Journal. More

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Recent Deaths in the Arts
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In its monthly roundup of obituaries, CAA recognizes the lives and achievements of the following artists, curators, scholars, architects, filmmakers, and other men and women whose work has had a significant impact on the visual arts. Among the losses are the Pop art dealer Ivan Karp, the film scholar Andrew Sarris, and the feminist art historian Paula Hays Harper. More

Join the Millard Meiss Publication Fund Jury
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CAA seeks nominations and self-nominations from individuals 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. Applicants must be CAA members. Deadline: August 10, 2012. More

Directories of Graduate Programs in the Arts
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The latest editions of Graduate Programs in Art History and Graduate Programs in the Visual Arts are available for purchase as perfect-bound, softcover books, as ebooks, or as PDF files. These comprehensive publications provide vital information to prospective graduate students and also serve as key professional references for career-services representatives, department chairs, graduate and undergraduate advisors, librarians, and professional-practices educators. 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

Place Your Job Ad in CAA's Online Career Center
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Does your school or department have a last-minute job opening for the fall semester? Place an advertisement in CAA's Online Career Center to attract the best candidates nationwide. Institutional members at the Department/Museum and Academic/Corporate levels receive a substantial discount on classifieds. More

Join a CAA Committee
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CAA invites members to apply for service on one of its nine innovative, productive Professional Interests, Practices, and Standards Committees, which address crucial issues in the visual arts and propose solutions that advance CAA's goals and the profession as a whole. Deadline: October 12, 2012. More

Chair a Session at the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago
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CAA has begun accepting proposals from individuals who wish to chair a session at the 102nd Annual Conference, to be held February 12–15, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. Please review the detailed instructions so that you are ready to begin the online process. Prospective chairs must be CAA members. Deadline: September 3, 2012. More

CASVA Fellowships 2013-2014

CASVA fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any period or culture. Application deadlines: September 21 and October 15. MORE

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 by July 31
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Registrants for the 100th Annual Conference in Los Angeles must download Abstracts 2012 by 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

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Book Reviews    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Romy Golan, Muralnomad: The Paradox of Wall Painting, Europe 1927–1957 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009). Reviewed by Anthony White. OPEN ACCESS

Jaroslav Folda, Crusader Art: The Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land, 1099–1291 (Burlington, VT: Lund Humphries, 2008). Reviewed by Cecily Hilsdale.

Errol Morris, Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography (New York: Penguin, 2011). Reviewed by Jae Emerling.

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New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, Ostalgia. (July 6–October 2, 2011). Reviewed by Alexandra Alisauskas.

Supreme Court of Canada Stands Up for Fair Dealing in Stunning Sweep of Cases
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The Supreme Court of Canada issued its much-anticipated rulings in the five copyright cases it heard last December. The clear takeaway is that the court has delivered an undisputed win for fair dealing that has positive implications for education and innovation, while striking a serious blow to copyright collectives such as Access Copyright. Led by Justice Rosalie Abella, the court has reaffirmed that fair dealing is a user's right that must be interpreted in a broad and liberal manner. In fact, the court provides further guidance on interpreting fair dealing with an emphasis on the need for a flexible, technology-neutral approach. In reading the decisions in the Access Copyright and song previews cases, it is hard to imagine a bigger victory for education, internet users, and innovative companies. More

Are We Teaching Artists to Fail?
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I recently did an informal survey of artists who have participated in "business of art" workshops, classes, and lectures around the country to get an idea of what was being taught and how it was received. This included schools and universities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals who offer these courses or workshops. What I found was not a surprise, but was so lopsided in terms of how we train artists about professional practices that it made me wonder if we are teaching our artists to fail. There are hoards of new "consultants," businesses, classes, workshops, and publications that have been created in the last few years on the "business of art." I want to make a big distinction between the "business of art" and professional practices for artists. Most of these new endeavors are teaching artists how to "run a business" in the most commercial way possible. More

Ed Ruscha Joins Other Artists in Resigning from MOCA Board
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Ed Ruscha has followed three other high-profile Los Angeles artists in a rapid flight from the board of the city's Museum of Contemporary Art. John Baldessari had been the first to exit, on Thursday of last week, followed on Friday by Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie. No artists remain on the board, which now has thirty-two voting members, down from forty in February. More

I Don't Have Time to Teach That: The Benefits of Faculty-Librarian Collaborations
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Community-college instructors have a great deal to teach: study skills, a college orientation to education, and the actual course information for their discipline. They also understand that their students must be information literate and know how to find supplementary information for each course, how to use information effectively, and how to credit their sources appropriately. In this regard, Washington State Community and Technical Colleges have been using a recent grant to integrate librarians or library tutorials into face-to-face and online classes, thereby offering information literacy instruction to students without increasing the teaching load of the discipline instructors. More

The Faculty Factor
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Many consider the University of Virginia faculty's sustained protests, calls for board members' resignations, support for President Teresa Sullivan, and organized efforts during the two weeks between her resignation and reinstatement crucial to the board of visitor's vote to reinstate her. But what happened at Virginia was not an isolated incident. Leadership controversies abound these days, and in the past year faculty members at multiple universities have pushed back against efforts to remove presidents—sometimes successfully, sometimes not. They've also pushed for boards to get rid of unpopular presidents, also with varying degrees of success. More

Berlin Plan for Old Masters to Give Way to Modern Art Angers Historians
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It is one of the stormiest art-world rows of recent times, pitching Rembrandt and Botticelli against Rothko and Beuys and angering art historians around the globe. Plans to empty the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin of its old masters and fill it with twentieth-century art have left cultural chiefs facing accusations of irresponsible neglect of what one critic described as the nation’s family silver. More

Amazon Withdraws Controversial Caravaggio Book
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A controversial new book in which two Italian art historians claim to have discovered one hundred previously unknown works by Caravaggio has been withdrawn from sale, amid growing doubts over its reliability. The lavishly illustrated two-volume ebook, Young Caravaggio — One hundred rediscovered works, went on sale on Amazon in early July and was available for download to Kindles. But the book, which contained one thousand images of Caravaggio's work and the supposed "new" drawings, was abruptly withdrawn from Amazon's website, with the title crossed out and a blank space where the cover of the book had been displayed. More

Twenty-Six New Sites Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List This Year
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The World Heritage Committee inscribed Lena Pillars Nature Park of the Russian Federation, the most recent site to be added to UNESCO's World Heritage List during this year's session. In addition, Chad, Congo, Palau, and Palestine had World Heritage sites inscribed on the list for the first time. The committee also added several sites to the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. More

Living Treasure: UNESCO Is Better at Naming Enemies Than Finding Friends
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It sounds like the beginning of a bizarre guessing game. As of this month, the following unlikely mixture of people and agencies found themselves tarred with the same brush: Liverpool City Council, the developers and municipal authorities of Panama, the Islamist rebels of West Africa, and the quarrelsome bishops of some ancient Christian churches in the Middle East. They all bear a share of responsibility for the fate of places that have recently been deemed by UNESCO to be "World Heritage Sites in danger." More

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