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Sumathi Ramaswamy
Durham: Duke University, 2015.
The allure of some of the most inspiring digital projects resides in their ability to recreate sites that are now lost to us, by reconstructing, for example, the now dismantled buildings and urban spaces of ancient Rome or the halls of Egyptian temples. Other projects are admired for the opposite capacity to invoke impossible worlds that never existed, bringing dispersed or even lost works of art together in virtual exhibitions, or positing material relationships that can only be imagined... Full Review
June 30, 2016
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Sylvie Patry, ed.
Exh. cat. Philadelphia, London, and Paris: Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Gallery, London, and Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, 2015. 304 pp.; 150 color ills. Cloth (9780876332610)
Exhibition schedule: Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, October 9, 2014–February 8, 2015; National Gallery, London, March 4–May 31, 2015; Philadelphia Museum of Art, June 24–September 13, 2015
Visitors to the exhibition Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art were funneled through a darkened passageway bordered by two fictive windows through which one glimpsed large archival photographs of two of Paul Durand-Ruel’s major galleries. On the left was his Paris establishment from 1869 until 1882 at 16 rue Laffitte, while on the right was his first New York branch on Fifth Avenue, opened in 1887, and a testament to... Full Review
June 30, 2016
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Suzanne Preston Blier
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 595 pp.; 52 color ills.; 159 b/w ills. Cloth $115.00 (9781107021662)
Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba: Ife History, Power, and Identity, c. 1300 is Suzanne Preston Blier’s most recent book, and represents a culmination of a research arc spanning from her days as a graduate student until the present. Drawing deeply from the existing archive of material published on the city of Ile-Ife (Ife) as well as her own interviews conducted over the first decade of the twenty-first century, Blier amasses a compendium on the city of Ife and the objects produced by its... Full Review
June 30, 2016
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Christa Clarke
New York and Philadelphia: Skira Rizzoli and Barnes Foundation, 2015. 296 pp.; many color ills. Cloth $75.00 (9780847845217)
Christa Clarke’s African Art in the Barnes Foundation: The Triumph of L’Art nègre and the Harlem Renaissance represents the latest scholarship on objects from the Barnes collection. As the title suggests, Clarke is concerned with recounting the history of Albert C. Barnes’s little-discussed yet incredibly significant collecting of artworks from Africa, as well as the relevance of these objects to the larger institution. Barnes amassed a sizeable and important collection of art at the... Full Review
June 30, 2016
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Matthew Gandy
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015. 368 pp.; 42 b/w ills. Cloth $30.00 (9780262028257)
Erik Swyngedouw
Urban and Industrial Environments Series. Cambridge, MA: 2015. 296 pp.; 41 b/w ills. Cloth $29.00 (9780262029032)
In urban studies, the broader social sciences, and science and technology studies, the human dimensions of water have been at the forefront of a move to break down the divide between nature and society. In particular, the interdisciplinary subfield of urban political ecology has emerged as an influential wave of scholarship seeking to incorporate the social production of nature into theorizations of geographical political economy, with many of its most important studies focusing on the... Full Review
June 23, 2016
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