BOOKS RECEIVED: Juli Highfill, “Modernism and its Merchandise: The Spanish Avant-Garde and Material Culture, 1920-1930,” (Penn State UP, 2014)
The writers and artists of the Spanish avant-garde, enthralled with the streamlined, mass-produced commodities of the Machine Age, incorporated these objects into their literary and visual works. In doing so, they launched a broad inquiry into the relations between mind… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Ann-Janine Morey, “Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves: Vintage American Photographs” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Dogs are as ubiquitous in American culture as white picket fences and apple pie, embracing all the meanings of wholesome domestic life—family, fidelity, comfort, protection, nurturance, and love—as well as symbolizing some of the less palatable connotations of home and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Amy Freund, “Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France challenges widely held assumptions about both the genre of portraiture and the political and cultural role of images in France at the beginning of the nineteenth century. After 1789, portraiture came to dominate French… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Nino Zchomelidse, “Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy” (Penn State UP, 2014)
In Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy, Nino Zchomelidse examines the complex and dynamic roles played by the monumental ambo, the Easter candlestick, and the liturgical scroll in southern Italy and Sicily from the second half… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Adam Jolles, “The Curatorial Avant-Garde: Surrealism and Exhibition Practice in France, 1925-1941” (Penn State UP, 2014)
All too often, the historical avant-garde is taken to be incommensurate with and antithetical to the world inhabited by the museum. In The Curatorial Avant-Garde, by contrast, Adam Jolles demonstrates the surrealists’ radical transformation of the ways in which… Read More
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