New Books in Art History/ Classics: October

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

El libro de la muerte                                           Wohin das Auge richt                                           Otto Dix: the evil eye

I’m not myself at all                                                  Misère                                        Iziko South African National Gallery

Nocturne                                                                   Carol Rama: antibodies                                 Songs for sabotage

October New Books in Art History

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

Artemisia Gentileschi in a Changing Light                             Fiery Angel                                Resilient Memories

Still Life Before Still Life                                                             Pias               Paintings from Murano by Paolo Veronese

Die Dusseldorfer Malerschule                                      Jean-Leon Gerome                                  Josef Scharl

Aruna D’Souza in Conversation with Allan deSouza

Aruna D’Souza, author of Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts, will appear in conversation with U. C. Berkeley Associate Professor an Chair of the department of Art Practice, Allan deSouza.

Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts by Aruna D'Souza
Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts by Aruna D’Souza

Friday, September 21, 2018
Maude Fife Room, Room 315, Wheeler Hall
Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis

Co-sponsored by the Arts Research Center and the University of California Humanities Research Institute, the departments of Art Practice and English, and Berkeley Arts + Design

Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. The New York Times calls her most recent book, Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts (Badlands Unlimited, 2018) “a laser beam of a book, unwavering and on target.” Her work appears regularly in, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board, and has been published as well in The Wall Street Journal, Art News, Garage, Bookforum, Momus, Art in America, and Art Practical, among other places. She is editor of the forthcoming volumes Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader (Thames and Hudson) and A Presence That Signals Absence: Collected Writing of Lorraine O’Grady (1977-2018) (Duke University Press).

You can find these additional publications by D’Souza in the Main Stacks of the Doe Memorial Library.

Self and History                                                            The invisible flaneuse?                                                 Cezanne’s Bathers

August New Books in Art History / Classics Library

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov                              Cranach natürlich                                     O.R. Schatzzeichnis

Mockva / Sandra Ratkovic                                       Double Vision                                      1001 faces of Orientalism

The museum of lost art                               New China eye witness                               Art and war in the Pacific world

August New Books

You can find these and other new art history acquisitions on the New Books shelf in the Art History / Classics Library.

Ed Pien: luminous shadows                                            Sea Change                                                     Inadvertent Images


Denn was innen, das ist aussentti           Plains Indian art of the early reservation era       Haus Mödrath Räume für Kunst


Instant Stories                                                        Parallel Wings                                                   La France vie d’ici

Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson receives the 2018 Robert Motherwell Book Award

FRAY: Art and Textile Politics

Julia Bryan-Wilson
The University of Chicago Press
2018 Robert Motherwell Book Award Winner


Julia Bryan-Wilson has been awarded the 2018 Robert Motherwell Book Award for her book FRAY: Art and Textile Politics (The University of Chicago Press). The award carries a prize of $10,000.

The jury for the award was Susan Davidson (Robert Rauschenberg Foundation), James Leggio (Brooklyn Museum), and Katy Siegel (The Baltimore museum of Art/Stony Brook University).


Closely examining how amateurs and fine artists in the United States and Chile turned to sewing, braiding, knotting, and quilting amid the rise of global manufacturing, Julia Bryan-Wilson’s FRAY: Art and Textile Politics argues that textiles unravel the high/low divide and urges us to think flexibly about what the politics of textiles might be. Her case studies from the 1970s through the 1990s—including the improvised costumes of the theater troupe the Cockettes, the braided rag rugs of US artist Harmony Hammond, the thread-based sculptures of Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña, the small hand-sewn tapestries depicting Pinochet’s torture, and the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt—are often taken as evidence of the inherently progressive nature of handcrafted textiles. Fray, however, shows that such methods are recruited to often ambivalent ends, leaving textiles very much “in the fray” of debates about feminized labor, protest cultures, and queer identities; the malleability of cloth and fiber means that textiles can be activated, or stretched, in many ideological directions.  The first contemporary art history book to discuss both fine art and amateur registers of handmaking at such an expansive scale, Fray unveils crucial insights into how textiles inhabit the broad space between artistic and political poles—high and low, untrained and highly skilled, conformist and disobedient, craft and art.


Julia Bryan-Wilson is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley; she is also the Director of the Berkeley Arts Research Center. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (California, 2009); and Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (with Glenn Adamson, Thames & Hudson, 2016). With Andrea Andersson, she curated the exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen.

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New Publication By Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson: Trevor Paglen at the Limit

Be sure to read Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson’s survey essay, Trevor Paglen at the Limit,  in the new monograph, Trevor Paglen by Phaidon press.

Trevor Paglen by Phaidon Press

“Julia Bryan Wilson, in her Survey text, offers a chronological analysis of Paglen’s oeuvre, using geometric terms such as ‘voids’ and ‘lines’ as entry points into the work and to highlight both the multi-dimensionality and formal rigour of Paglen’s practice. ”

“Trevor Paglen’s art gives visual geography to hidden forces, relentlessly pursuing what he calls the ‘unseeable and undocumentable’ in contemporary society. Blending photography, installation, investigative journalism, and science, Paglen explores the clandestine activity of government and intelligence agencies, using high-grade equipment to document their movements and reveal their hidden inner workings. This book presents over three decades of Paglen’s groundbreaking work, making visible the structures and technologies that impact our lives.” -Phaidon

New Publication from Professor Lauren Kroiz

The recent publication Cultivating Citizens: the Regional Work of Art in the New Deal Era by Lauren Kroiz, Associate Professor of Art History,  is now available from U.C. Press.

Cultivating Citizens by Lauren Kroiz

From the U.C. Press website:

“A model of stylistic clarity and scholarly research, Lauren Kroiz’s book is an in-depth, riveting analysis of the intersection of art, pedagogy, and the careers of Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood. The new information and fresh perspectives she provides make her book a required text for any serious student of Regionalism.”— Barbara Haskell, curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

Cultivating Citizens focuses on Regionalists and their critics as they worked with and against universities, museums, and the burgeoning field of sociology. Lauren Kroiz shifts the terms of an ongoing debate over subject matter and style, producing the first study of Regionalist art education programs and concepts of artistic labor.”