"Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies" by Michael Ann             Holly

Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies Michael Ann Holly, Keith Moxey

Clark Studies in the Visual Arts
Publication date:
11 Jan 2003
Clark Art Institute
292 pages: 241 x 178mm
29 b-w illus.


Art history, aesthetics, and visual studies today find themselves in contested new philosophical and institutional circumstances. This fascinating and challenging volume explores the connections and differences among these three methods of investigating visual representation.

What are the dominant aesthetic assumptions underlying art historical inquiry? How have these assumptions been challenged by visual studies? Are questions of quality, form, content, meaning, and spectatorship culturally specific? Can we still define the parameters of what should properly constitute the objects of the history of art? Fifteen distinguished scholars answer these and other questions, critically examining the relationships among these three scholarly fields from their founding moments through their contemporary practices.

Michael Ann Holly is director of Research and Academic Programs at the Clark Art Institute. Keith Moxey is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University.