The Art Historian: National Traditions and Institutional Practices

The Art Historian: National Traditions and Institutional Practices

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Edited by Michael F. Zimmermann

With essays by Mieke Bal, Stephen Bann, Horst Bredekamp, H. Perry Chapman, Georges Didi-Huberman, Eric Fernie, Françoise Forster-Hahn, Carlo Ginzburg, Charles W. Haxthausen, Karen Michels, Willibald Sauerländer, Alain Schnapp, and Michael F. Zimmermann

Despite its origin in European models, the practice of art history in the United States has evolved into protocols distinct from those of, for example, Germany, France, England, and the Netherlands. Based on the 2002 Clark Conference, The Art Historian: National Traditions and Institutional Practices examines how these disciplinary geographies might be characterized, in theory and practice, in the past and in the present. What is the function of higher education in different national contexts? To what extent does professionalization encourage or delimit critical innovation? How much, and what, can we still learn from each others disciplinary practices? Thirteen distinguished international scholars explore these and other questions.

240 pages
26 black-and-white illustrations
2003
ISBN 0-931102-54-5 (softcover)


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