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ARTHIST 590 Art Historical Methods (main)

Theories and Methods for a Twenty-First Century Art History

Theoretical Texts

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Don't forget to read BOOK REVIEWS of any text you are exploring - Reading book reviews can help you decide whether or not a particular book is worth your time, and also can help you put the author's work in context and suggest other places to look.


You can search BOOK REVIEWS  on google, in newspapers, in disciple specific journals, etc.  Often starting with JSTOR is a good start. SMICK,

REBEKAH. “Review of Visual Time: The Image in History.” Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme, vol. 38, no. 4, 2015, pp. 210–13. JSTOR

Required Texts for ARTHIST 590

Other Suggested Readings

  • Preziosi, Donald. 1992. “The Question of Art History,” Critical Inquiry 18, 2: 363-386.
  • Dean, Carolyn. 2006. “The Trouble with (the Term) Art.” Art Journal 65, 2: 24-32.
  • Baines, John. 2015. “What is Art?” In M. Hartwig, A Companion to Ancient Egyptian Art. Malden MA and Oxford UK: Wiley Blackwell, 1-21.
  • Ahmed, Sara. 2007. “A Phenomenology of Whiteness,” Feminist Theory 8, 2: 149-168
  • Didi-Huberman, Georges. 2003. “Before the Image, Before Time: The Sovereignty of Anachronism.” In Compelling Visuality: The Work of Art in and out of History, edited by Claire Farago and Robert Zwijnenberg. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 31-44.
  • Milbourne, Karen E., with Mary Nooter Roberts and Allen F. Roberts. 2015. “Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Arts of Africa,” African Arts 48, 4: 72-84.
  • Mott, Carrie, and Daniel Cockayne. 2017. “Citation Matters: Mobilizing the Politics of Citation toward a Practice of ‘Conscientious Engagement,” Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography 24, 7: 954-973.
  • FitzPatrick Sifford, Elena, and Ananda Cohen-Aponte. “A Call to Action,” Art Journal 78, 4: 118- 122.
  • Jaskot, Paul B. 2020. “Digital Methods and the Historiography of Art.” In The Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History, edited by Kathryn Brown. New York: Routledge, 9-17.
  • Nelson, Steven. 2019. “Reviews: Traces of Violence, Signs of Change; Humor and Violence: Seeing Europeans in Central African Art, by Z. S. Strother,” The Art Bulletin 101, 1: 122-124.
  • Taussig, Michael. 1999. “Prologue” and “Sacrilege.” In Defacement: Public Secrecy and the Labor of the Negative. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1-45.

  • Flood, Finbarr Barry. 2002. “Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm, and the Museum,” The Art Bulletin, 84, 4: 641-659.