Current Unresolved Issues Regarding Globalism in Art History

Saturday, 7 July 2012
16.00 - 17.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art


Art Globalisation

Speaker(s): James Elkins (E.C. Chadbourne Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
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Organised by: Julian Stallabrass Liz Kim (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

In the last decade the question of art history’s global reach – or lack of it – has appeared as an inescapable topic for art history. As the discipline of art history wakens to the possibility of worldwide art historical writing, it also becomes more seriously engaged with postcolonial theory, critical theory, anthropology, visual studies, cultural studies, and subaltern studies, all of which have been intermittently or continuously interested in art practices outside of Europe and North America.

This lecture reports on some recent attempts to understand the phenomenon, including the Clark Art Institute’s Mellon project to study world art histories; the books Is Art History Global? and World Art Studies; the 2007 Stone Summer Theory Institute Series Art and Globalization; and a conference in Beijing in May 2010.

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