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Gail L. Geiger on Circulations in the Global History of Art, edited by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann et al.

10 October 2016

Approaches and challenges to a global art history

Review of:

Circulations in the Global History of Art, edited by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Catherine Dossin, and Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel, Studies in Art Historiography, Surrey, England and  Burlington, VT:  Ashgate, 2015, 247pp., 00 col. plates, 16 b. & w. illus., 4 b. & w. tables, 1 chart, 8 maps, $109.95,  ISBN 978-1-4724-5456-0 hdbk, ISBN 978-1-4724-5737-0 ebk-PDF, ISBN 978-1-4724-5738-7 ebk-ePUB, £65.00

Gail L. Geiger 15/GG1

Abstract: As many reevaluate the Euro-centric tradition of art history, rewriting a global circulation of visual culture necessitates reconsidering the historiographic traditions, theoretical foundations, and methodological challenges.  The majority of essays focus from the nineteenth-century emergence of Modernism to more recent Conceptual Art, although some address early modern global interchange.  Context and empirical evidence replace mega narratives and the digital age manifests itself in numerous plates of data and maps of global circulation.  Three editors provide an excellent Introduction and the Afterward both celebrates the multiple methodologies and challenges the premise of whether a global art history can be written.

Key words: interculturalization, métissage,  antinationalistic intellectual milieus, global art history, geohistory, transregional, cultural transfer

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