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The New Art History : A Critical Introduction - Jonathan Harris

The New Art History

A Critical Introduction

Hardcover Published: 20th September 2001
ISBN: 9780415230070
Number Of Pages: 320

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The New Art History provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental changes which have occurred in both the institutions and practice of art history over the last thirty years.

Jonathan Harris examines and accounts for the new approaches to the study of art which have been grouped loosely under the term 'the new art history'. He distinguishes between these and earlier forms of 'radical' or 'critical' analysis, explores the influence of other disciplines and traditions on art history, and relates art historical ideas and values to social change.

Structured around an examination of key texts by major contemporary critics, including Tim Clarke, Griselda Pollock, Fred Orton, Albert Boime, Alan Wallach and Laura Mulvey, each chapter discusses a key moment in the discipline of art history, tracing the development and interaction of Marxist, feminist and psychoanalytic critical theories. Individual chapters include: * Capitalist Modernity, the Nation-State and Visual Representation * Feminism, Art, and Art History * Subjects, Identities and Visual Ideology * Structures and Meanings in Art and Society * The Representation of Sexuality

List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Aims and readersp. 1
New, critical, radical, socialp. 6
Terms and textsp. 10
Readings, meanings, values, and politicsp. 17
Art history, radical art history, and real historyp. 22
Notesp. 28
Radical art history: back to its future?p. 35
Prejudices, perspectives, and principlesp. 35
For 'new' read 'old'?p. 39
Politics, modernity, and radical art historyp. 43
Structure, agency, and artp. 47
Notesp. 56
Select bibliographyp. 60
Capitalist modernity, the nation-state, and visual representationp. 63
'... no art history apart from other kinds of history'p. 64
Elements within 'the social history of art'p. 67
Institutions and ideologiesp. 73
Meanings and materialismp. 81
Notesp. 88
Select bibliographyp. 91
Feminism, art, and art historyp. 95
Politics, position, perspectivep. 96
Greatness, creativity, and cultural valuep. 100
Ideologies, sexual difference, and social changep. 106
Modernism, modernity, and feminist art history in the 1990sp. 113
Notesp. 123
Select bibliographyp. 126
Subjects, identities, and visual ideologyp. 129
Psychoanalysis and radical politics after the 1960sp. 130
Self, sex, society, and culturep. 136
Psychoanalysis and systems of significationp. 143
Sight, social ordering, and subjectivityp. 147
Notesp. 156
Select bibliographyp. 159
Structures and meanings in art and societyp. 161
Signs, discourse, and societyp. 162
Marks and meaningsp. 166
Making and masking the 'real'p. 170
Perception, narration, and 'visual culture'p. 178
Notesp. 188
Select bibliographyp. 190
Searching, after certaintiesp. 193
Beyond subjects and structuresp. 194
Signs, surfaces, and civilisationp. 196
Politics, culture, and post-modernismp. 208
Cultivating naturep. 213
Notesp. 222
Select bibliographyp. 225
Sexualities representedp. 227
Matter and materialismp. 228
Semantic/somatic: Charles Demuth and Rosa Bonheurp. 232
Body heatp. 241
The matter of idealsp. 246
Notesp. 257
Select bibliographyp. 259
Conclusion: the means and ends of radical art historyp. 261
Radicalism in art history and 'identity-politics'p. 262
Race and representationp. 267
Somatic/aesthetic/exotic: bodies and blacknessp. 276
'Arguments and values', not 'theories and methods'p. 285
Notesp. 288
Select bibliographyp. 290
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780415230070
ISBN-10: 0415230071
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 20th September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1