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Fictions of Art History (Clark Studies in the Visual Arts)

Mark Ledbury (Editor), Michael Hatt (Introduction by), Paul Barolsky (Contributions by), Thomas Crow (Contributions by), Gloria Kury (Contributions by), Ralph Lieberman (Contributions by), Maria H. Loh (Contributions by), Alexander Nemerov (Contributions by), Joanna Scott (Contributions by), Cole Swensen (Contributions by), Marianna Torgovnick (Contributions by), Caroline Vout (Contributions by), Marina Warner (Contributions by)


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Fictions of Art History, the most recent addition to the Clark Studies in the Visual Arts series, addresses art history’s complex relationships with fiction, poetry, and creative writing. Inspired by a 2010 conference, the volume examines art historians’ viewing practices and modes of writing. How, the contributors ask, are we to unravel the supposed facts of history from the fictions constructed in works of art? How do art historians employ or resist devices of fiction, and what are the effects of those choices on the reader? In styles by turns witty, elliptical, and plain-speaking, the essays in Fictions of Art History are fascinating and provocative critical interventions in art history.

Clark Art Institute, 9780300191929, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

About the Author

Mark Ledbury is Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture and Director of the Power Institute at the University of Sydney.