BOOKS RECEIVED: Jordan Bear, “Disillusioned: Victorian Photography and the Discerning Subject” (Penn State UP, 2015)
How do photographs compel belief and endow knowledge? To understand the impact of photography in a given era, we must study the adjacent forms of visual persuasion with which photographs compete and collaborate. In photography’s early days, magic shows, scientific… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Sanz, Fiore, and May, eds., “Archaeologies of Art: Time, Place, and Identity” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
This international volume draws together key research that examines visual arts of the past and contemporary indigenous societies. Placing each art style in its temporal and geographic context, the contributors show how depictions represent social mechanisms of identity construction, and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Cara Judea Alhadeff, “Viscous Expectations: Justice, Vulnerability, the Ob-scene” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Orchestrating text and color photography through the lens of vulnerability, Cara Judea Alhadeff explores embodied democracy as the intersection of technology, aesthetics, eroticism, and ethnicity. She demonstrates the potential for social resistance and a rhizomatic reconceptualization of community rooted in… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Esmee Quodbach, ed., “Holland’s Golden Age in America: Collecting the Art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Americans have long had a taste for the art and culture of Holland’s Golden Age. As a result, the United States can boast extraordinary holdings of Dutch paintings. Celebrated masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, and Frans Hals… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Juli Highfill, “Modernism and its Merchandise: The Spanish Avant-Garde and Material Culture, 1920-1930,” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley 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… Read More
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