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Delinda Collier
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016. 264 pp.; 37 b/w ills. Paper $25.00 (9780816694488 )
The topic of remediation has recently come to the forefront of academic study across disciplines ranging from TED talks to symposia merging African art and media studies. It is within this vein that Delinda Collier examines the complexities of remediation in both form and content in Repainting the Walls of Lunda: Information Colonialism and Angolan Art. The text centers its discussion of the varied intricacies of analog and digital media by tracking Chokwe mural and sand (sona)... Full Review
June 23, 2017
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Malcolm Bull
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. 160 pp.; 31 b/w ills. Cloth $24.95 (9780691138848)
What is the truth in painting, and what is truth in reality? Revolving around the learned Giambattista Vico (1668–1744), Malcolm Bull’s Inventing Falsehood, Making Truth: Vico and Neapolitan Painting brings us to Naples in the early eighteenth century, offering an analysis of painting and art theory in correlation with the philosophical concepts and insights of Vico’s work on these matters. Vico was educated in rhetoric and law and taught as a professor of rhetoric while writing a... Full Review
June 22, 2017
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Bastian Eclercy
Exh. cat. New York: Prestel, 2016. 304 pp.; 250 color ills. Cloth $60.00 (9783791355061)
Exhibition schedule: Städel Museum, Frankfurt, February 24–June 5, 2016
Until recently, extensive thematic exhibitions on the Florentine maniera have been confined to Italian and, more specifically, Tuscan institutions. Elsewhere in Europe, however, the last few years have seen a reanimated interest in Mannerism: the latest, in the spring of 2016, was the large-scale exhibition Maniera: Pontormo, Bronzino and Medici Florence at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt. Organized by Bastian Eclercy—chief curator of Italian, French, and Spanish painting at the... Full Review
June 22, 2017
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Giancarla Periti
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016. 304 pp.; 100 color ills.; 110 b/w ills. Cloth $75.00 (9780300214239)
This book about aristocratic nuns and convent patronage offers an interesting characterization of a resulting corpus of “seductive images” of “profane subjects and sensuous forms” in the context of what Giancarla Periti calls “courtly conventual culture” (1). The idea of the courtly convent interior is a clever one, and it certainly provides a touchstone for investigations into patrician nuns, their motivations, their artists, and the visual and perhaps didactic functions of such imagery in... Full Review
June 21, 2017
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Tom Wolf
Exh. cat. London: D Giles Limited, 2015. 176 pp.; 155 color ills. Cloth $59.95 (9781907804632)
Exhibition schedule: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, April 3–August 30, 2015
Enigmatic and engaging, the work of figurative artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953) combines American folk and Surrealist art with dreamlike perspectives (exhibition catalogue; 16). Influenced by early American art, modernism, and Japanese artistic expressions—such as flatness of form—his pictures are simultaneously rooted in tradition and the avant-garde and often underscore his proclivity toward contradictions (33). An artist frequently overlooked, Kuniyoshi immigrated to the United States... Full Review
June 15, 2017
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