Field Notes on the Visual Arts (Book)

Seventy-Five Short Essays

Edited by Karen Lang

In Field Notes on the Visual Arts, 75 scholars, curators and artists traverse chronology and geography to reveal the meanings and dilemmas of art. 

Category: Visual Arts

Edition

What is the relation of art and history? What is art today? Why does art affect us? In Field Notes on the Work of Art, 75 scholars, curators and artists traverse chronology and geography to reveal the meanings and dilemmas of art. The eight topic headings Anthropomorphism, Appropriation, Contingency, Detail, Materiality, Mimesis, Time and Tradition are written by historians of art, literature, culture and science, archaeologists, anthropologists, philosophers, curators and artists, and consider an astonishing range of artefacts. Poised somewhere between Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects and an academic volume of essays on art, Field Notes brings together voices generally separated inside and outside the academy. Its open approach to knowledge is commensurate with the work of art, aiming to make clear that the work of art is both meaningful and resistant to meaning.

Karen Lang is Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford (2019–20)

Acknowledgments 

Introduction 

PART 1: Anthropomorphism

Part 2: Appropriation

Part 3: Contingency

Part 4: Detail

Part 5: Materiality

Part 6: Mimesis

Part 7: Time

Part 8: Tradition

Contributors

Short Bibliography

Index

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