Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies

Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies

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Edited by Michael Ann Holly and Keith Moxey

With essays by David Carrier, Philip Fisher, Hal Foster, Ivan Gaskell, Jonathan Gilmore, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Michael Kelly, Karen Lang, Stephen Melville, Kobena Mercer, Nicholas Mirzoeff, W. J. T. Mitchell, Griselda Pollock, Irene J. Winter, and Janet Wolff

Art history, aesthetics, and visual studies today find themselves in contested new philosophical and institutional circumstances. Based on the 2001 Clark Conference, Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies explores both the connections and the divergences among these three modes of investigating visual representation. What are the dominant aesthetic assumptions underlying art historical inquiry? How have these assumptions been challenged by visual studies? Are questions of quality, form, content, meaning, and spectatorship culturally specific? Can we still define the parameters of what should properly constitute the objects of the history of art? Have art history and visual studies anything to learn from one another? Where do ideas about the aesthetic begin and end, both in the academy and in the museum? Fifteen eminent scholars critically examine the relationships between art history, aesthetics, and visual studies from their founding moments through their contemporary practices.

292 pages
29 black-and-white illustrations
ISBN 0-300-09789-1 (softcover)