Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday's Three on Art

Following are three newly published or forthcoming art-related titles.

European Art: A Neuroarthistory (Yale University Press, October 25, 2016) ~ Professor emeritus of art history, University of East Anglia, John Onians applies his understanding of advances in neuroscience to examine how our non-conscious mental processes affect the creation of, emotional connection to, and intellectual interest in art. The book includes case studies across the history of European art.

Onians also is the author of Neuroarthistory: From Aristotle and Pliny to Baxandall and Zeki (YUP, 2008) and the editor of Compression vs. Expression: Containing and Explaining the World's Art (YUP, 2006), among other titles.

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Resources of Interest:

Liz Bruchet, Interview with John Onians, Association of Art Historians, February and May 2011

Eric Fernie, "Neuro Ways of Seeing", Tate Interview with John Onians, May 2008

Art History and Emergency: Crises in the Visual Arts and Humanities (Yale University Press, July 12, 2016) ~ Edited by David Breslin, chief curator for the Menil Drawing Institute, and Darby English, art history professor, University of Chicago Art History Department, and consulting curator to the Museum of Modern Art, the illustrated book offers a collection of critical and creative essays that aim to examine the role of "crisis" in humanities history, assess art history's current role and future, and answer such questions as how artists, art historians, and other professionals such as art critics ascertain art's worth. The title is part of the Clark Studies in the Visual Arts series.

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Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight (October 28, 2016) ~ Featuring 125 color and 15 black-and-white illustrations, this comprehensive catalogue examines the long and prolific career and life of Cuban-born painter Carmen Herrera, including her early years (1948-1978) in Havana, Paris, and New York, her New York work from the 1950s through 1970s, and her place among Latin American avant-garde artists. In addition to family photographs and a chronology, the book includes essays by Whitney curator Dana Miller, French art historian and professor emeritus, Sorbonne, Serge Lemoine; curator, critic, and art historian Gerardo Mosquerra; art history professor Edward J. Sullivan, and independent curator and art critic Monica Espinel

The book accompanies the forthcoming "Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight" exhibitions at Whitney Museum of American Art (September 16, 2016 - January 2, 2017) and Wexner Center for the Arts (February 4, 2017 - April 16, 2017), 

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Resources of Interest:

Ted Loos, "An Artist at 100, Thinking Big but Starting Small", The New York Times, April 15, 2016

Here's a trailer for director Alison Klayman's documentary about the artist:

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