Art Buzz April 19, 2012: Linda Nochlin Awarded with the 2012 Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Appraisers Association of America



Art World Dignitaries Gathered to Honor Dr. Linda Nochlin with the 2012 Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Appraisers Association of America

The Appraisers Association of America (AAA), the premier national association of fine and decorative arts appraisers held its 2012 Annual Award Luncheon and presented the AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS to Dr. Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts/New York University. Nochlin, celebrated art historian and educator, is among a venerable group in the art establishment to have received this award, which began in 2005 and includes such notable recipients as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Thomas Krens, and Arne Glimcher.


“AAA has a tradition of honoring pioneering art world figures, and this year we are thrilled to be bestowing the organization’s Award for Excellence in the Arts to Dr. Linda Nochlin. All the work we do as appraisers is deeply grounded in the research of dedicated art historians, and Linda Nochlin is an undisputed luminary in the field — a ‘living legend’. Linda’s writings and criticism changed the way the world looked at the contributions of women artists. The totality of Dr. Nochlin’s scholarship, from studies on Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, to the latest tendencies in Emerging Art, has always been insightfully brilliant,” says Nancy Harrison, AAA President.

The Appraisers Association of America assembled a distinguished group of art industry elite to support Nochlin. Committee members include MoMA Director Glenn Lowry; Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Nan Rosenthal; Vassar College President, Catharine Bond Hill; Columbia University’s Rosalind Krauss; Yale University’s Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Robert Storr; Journalist Paul Goldberger; Publisher Hugh Merrell; Artists Ellsworth Kelly, Philip Pearlstein, Liza Lou and Ida Appelbroog; art dealers Larry Gagosian, Richard Feigen, Michael Findlay, and Dominique Levy; Sotheby’s Chairman, Warren P. Weitman, Jr.; and Christie’s President, Marc Porter, among others.

MoMA President Emerita Agnes Gund spoke at the ceremony and said, “Linda Nochlin is a much heralded art historian, giving so much to students as well as the public and scholars. She is much revered, respected and especially knowledgeable about art made by women. Linda is probably the most globally revered historian for her work on women in the art world.”

And University College London’s Dr. Tamar Garb, who met Nochlin nearly 25 years ago when Garb was a graduate student, delivered the keynote speech and said of her mentor, “Linda has a way of engaging with people, irrespective of status, with an openness and a generosity that has never altered – and which characterizes her scholarship as well as her personal relationships. She is ageless, irreverent, brilliant and radical. One of the first scholars to challenge the inbuilt power relations and hierarchies of art historical orthodoxies, she rewrote the history of nineteenth century art, embedding hallowed masterpieces in the social situations that made them possible, questioning entrenched values such as artistic genius and inspired creativity, exposing prejudice and writing beautifully about the formal and stylistic properties of works. A formidable critic of contemporary art, a brilliant scholar of nineteenth and twentieth century Modernism, an indefatigable champion of women artists and a profound, irreverent and original thinker, she is arguably the most influential art historian of her generation.”

The AAA commissioned artist Liza Lou to create an art piece for Nochlin’s award. And other speakers included AAA president, Nancy Harrison, and Art in America’s Editor-at-Large, Elizabeth Baker….READ MORE


Art Buzz March 8, 2012: Alexander Nemerov: ‘Renowned’ Yale art historian leads Alfred Heber Holbrook Memorial Lecture at Georgia Museum of Art



‘Renowned’ art historian leads lecture

The wait is over.

Dr. Alexander Nemerov, Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art at Yale University will give this academic year’s Alfred Heber Holbrook Memorial Lecture, which normally takes place in November.

Alexander Nemerov

“This is the 26th one,” said Hillary Brown, director of communications for the Georgia Museum of Art. “It’s happened almost every year. Usually, we do it in the fall. We skipped a year so that we could have Nemerov.”

“This one is a pretty big deal,” she said. “We usually have an art historian who is renowned and out-of-state.”

The lecturer is carefully chosen each year to provide a variety of topics at the commemorative lecture as well as a high-quality educational experience.

“One of the things we strive to provide is a world-class art experience to students on their own campus,” Brown said.

Nemerov’s lecture coincides with GMOA’s exhibition “To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America.”

Recently, he has published a book on the same topic.

“He’s a distinguished speaker,” said Carissa DiCindio, curator of education. “He writes about American visual culture in the 18th to mid-20th centuries.”

As soon as the George Ault exhibition came to the GMOA, the University was eager to invite Nemerov back.

“We really wanted Dr. Nemerov to speak with the exhibition because we’ve heard him speak in the past and we know that he’s a great lecturer,” DiCindio said. “His knowledge on this topic is so great, too.”

At this lecture, Nemerov will speak about Ault, an American painter of the 1940s, whose artwork is loosely classified with the Precisionist movement with Cubist and Surrealist influences. Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent and Andrew Wyeth are a few of his contemporaries.

Other art historians who have delivered AHHM lectures before include Francis Naumann and Marvin Trachtenberg.

The annual lecture honors Alfred Heber Holbrook.

“It’s named after our founder and director,” Brown said. “He was definitely interested in art scholarship. He was self-taught in everything he knew about art.”

A key element of the lecture is providing the knowledge to everyone.

“We want to make sure all of our education programs are free so that … they are accessible to everyone,” DiCindio said. “That is really important to us.”

Although the honorary lecture is held months later than normal, the honor to Holbrook and Nemerov’s revisit could not be at a better time.

“It has a very special place in the museum’s programming every year,” DiCindio said.


Where: Georgia Museum of Art

When: Tonight at 6

Cost: Free

Art Buzz February 29, 2012: Alexander Nemerov: Yale University History of Art Professor confirms move to Stanford University



Nemerov confirms move to Stanford

Source: Yale Daily News, 2-29-12

Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92, chair of the History of Art Department and Vincent J. Scully Professor of the History of Art, will leave Yale after this semester to begin teaching at Stanford in the fall.

Nemerov said he decided to accept a position on Stanford’s faculty within the past few days, after initially receiving the job offer in January. His spring survey course, “Introduction to the History of Art: Renaissance to the Present,” was Yale’s most popular class this term, with the highest number of students registered during shopping period.

“I’m very sad that I won’t be teaching here anymore,” Nemerov said in a Tuesday interview. “I have great feelings about Yale and this was a very difficult decision, but I’m happy to begin the next phase of my career at Stanford.”

Nemerov graduated from Yale with a master’s degree and doctorate in the history of art, and taught at Stanford before returning to Yale as an instructor in 2001.

Yale College Dean Mary Miller, who was part of the team that recruited Nemerov to Yale’s faculty from Stanford, said he has made a significant impact on the History of Art Department in his 11 years at Yale.

“His contribution to the department, to Yale College students and to the University is so great that it cannot easily be measured,” Miller said in an email. “We have all — colleagues, students, friends — benefited from his ability to make the paint on the canvas, the hand of the sculptor, the grain of wood come to life with his careful words and laser-like intellect.”

More than 500 students shopped “Introduction to the History of Art” this semester, but Nemerov capped enrollment in the course to about 300 for the first time to match the capacity of the auditorium of the Yale University Art Gallery, where the class is held. Ten students interviewed said they were disappointed to hear of Nemerov’s departure, and five said they had planned to take Nemerov’s course in the future….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 28, 2012: Alexander Nemerov: History of Art Professor will leave Yale University at the end of academic year for Stanford University



Nemerov will leave Yale at the end of academic year

Source: Yale Daily News, 2-28-12

Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92 will leave his post as chair of the History of Art Department to take on a new role at Stanford.

Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92 will leave his post as chair of the History of Art Department to take on a new role at Stanford. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92, chair of the History of Art Department and the professor behind Yale’s most popular course, will leave Yale at this academic year’s end to start teaching at Stanford in the fall.


Yale University

Alexander Nemerov GRD ’92.

“I’m very sad that I won’t be teaching here anymore,” Nemerov said in a Tuesday interview. “I have great feelings about Yale and this was a very difficult decision, but I’m happy to begin the next phase of my career at Stanford.”

In January, Nemerov told the News that he received a job offer from Stanford sometime after the start of the spring semester. At that time, he had not yet decided whether to stay. On Tuesday, he said he made his decision in the past few days….READ MORE

Art Buzz February 21, 2012: Alan Pizer: Time abroad adds spice to art history professor’s lectures



Time abroad adds spice to art history professor’s lectures

Source: The University Star, 2-21-12

A globetrotting Texas State professor regales students with stories of past less-than-legal antics.

Alan Pizer, art history professor, was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin when he studied abroad in Israel. While overseas, he traveled the world and took photographs, some of which were illegal.

Alan Pizer, senior art lecturer, reviews a photo from his office Feb. 20 taken inside an Egyptian tomb, where photography is prohibited.

Pizer studied in Israel at the University of Haifa. During his free time, he traveled to different parts of the Middle East taking photographs along the way.

In the 1980s, Pizer traveled to Egypt. He visited Tel el-Amarna, an Egyptian archaeological site that was once a powerful city ruled by Pharaoh Akhenaten.

Pizer said he went to the ancient tombs in Tel el-Amarna after he’d studied them in school.

His girlfriend, who was traveling with him, was sick with a stomach virus the day they planned on visiting the city. Later he discovered there was a travel warning issued to U.S. citizens in regards to an Islamist group known as the Muslim Brotherhood.

Pizer said as soon as he entered the city, an Egyptian police officer started to follow him. Pizer took this as a good sign, believing he would have protection if needed.

At the site, Pizer found a tomb that hadn’t been destroyed. He said an Egyptian police officer tricked him into taking a picture of the tomb, knowing it was against the law.

After taking the picture, the officer threatened to arrest Pizer unless he paid a bribe of $25. In response, Pizer said he would report the officer to the tourist police.

Pizer said the officer agreed to let him go, but the forbidden photograph has never been put on display.

While a student in Israel, Pizer traveled to Syria as well. He said he lied about his religion to acquire a visa.

“Looking back, I must’ve had a death wish,” he said. “In Syria, I pretended to take pictures of my then girlfriend. Instead, I took pictures of the Syrian army.”

Pizer said he met an Israeli journalist when he returned. When she asked him why he went to Syria, he said it was because “you can’t.”

Pizer said his students and colleagues tend to embellish the stories he tells.

Cody Marshall, photography senior, said he took Pizer’s class two years ago. Marshall said he vaguely remembers Pizer telling the class about his time in Tel el-Amarna.

“I really enjoyed having him as a professor,” Marshall said. “He’s like the Indiana Jones of Art History.”

Pizer received a master’s in art history at the University of Texas and is currently working on his dissertation. Alison Ricketson, art history senior, has seen the effects Pizer’s stories have on his students.

Ricketson is currently Pizer’s student assistant. She said his stories make him more personable as a professor.

“He has a lot of amazing photos to teach from that are not in the book,” she said. “What he’s seen has inspired me to travel.”

Pizer said he hasn’t had time to travel alone in recent years. He is currently the study abroad program director for Art and Design students and leads a trip to Florence every summer.

“As a student, I had a certain kind of rush,” he said. “I’ve seen things people will never see and experienced things people will never experience. I miss that freedom.”

Art Buzz February 14, 2012: David L. Craven: University of New Mexico mourns professor, historian



UNM mourns professor, historian

Source: New Mexico Daily Lobo, 2-14-12

Distinguished professor of art history Dr. David L. Craven, 60, died Saturday from an apparent heart attack while playing tennis, his family said.

Craven became a professor at UNM in 1993 and was the fine arts department chair for two years. He published 10 books and more than 150 articles in scholarly journals.

A memo­r­ial ser­vice is planned for Craven on Fri­day at 2 p.m. at UNM’s Alumni Chapel.

Nancy Treviso, an administrator in the art and art history department, said the department has lost a unique professor.

“He was a wonderful chair and a wonderful mentor and teacher and he will be missed in this department,” she said. “Someone with that caliber of knowledge, we can’t replace him.”

Craven received his distinguished professor title in 2007 while at UNM. He was fluent in four languages and traveled the world giving speeches at more than 100 universities.

Kirsten Buick, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor and chair at the art and art history department, said Craven was known around the world for his work in the art history field.

“David was a man of let­ters and a cham­pion for social causes, beloved by all who knew him for his keen intel­lect, gen­uine sense of compas­sion and desire to help oth­ers,” Buick told UNM Today. “He was rec­og­nized by his peers as one of the most informed and inci­sive art his­to­ri­ans in the world.”

Theresa Avila, a graduate student at UNM, said she studied under Craven for the past 10 years and is shocked by the loss.

“I’m devastated; as a professor I considered him to be generous and supportive and he is irreplaceable,” she said. “The fact that this happened, I don’t think anybody anticipated or prepared for it.”

Avila will be graduating in May with a doctorate in art history specializing in Mexican art, and said she plans to finish her degree as a tribute to Craven.

“I am going to try and work towards (graduating) in his honor,” she said. “I am just really sad he won’t be able to see me reach our goal.”


Art Buzz February 13, 2012: David M. Stone: Art history professor elected to board of the American Academy in Rome



American Academy trustee

Art history professor elected to board of scholarly center in Rome

Source: University of Delaware, UDaily, 2-13-12

Prof. David M. Stone has joined the board of a leading center for the study of the arts and humanities in Rome.

David M. Stone, professor of art historyat the University of Delaware, has been elected to the board of trustees of the American Academy in Rome, a leading American overseas center for independent studies and advanced research in the fine arts and humanities.

In 1997-98, Stone was the winner of the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Rome Prize Fellowship, one of up to 30 highly competitive Rome Prize Fellowships that the Academy offers to artists and scholars. Fellows are chosen by juries of experts in the fields of ancient, medieval, Renaissance and early modern studies; modern Italian studies; architecture, landscape architecture, design, historic preservation and conservation; literature; musical composition; and visual arts.

Prof. David M. Stone has joined the board of a leading center for the study of the arts and humanities in Rome.

“The academy is a place where gifted artists, writers and scholars live together, experience Rome and share ideas while also working on individual projects,” Stone said.

The American Academy in Rome began as a collaborative effort in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exhibition when a small group—including architects Charles Follen McKim and Daniel Burnham, painters John LaFarge and Francis Millet and sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French—resolved to create a center to study art amid the classical tradition of ancient Rome. They chose Rome as the site of the academy because, in their words, “with the architectural and sculptural monuments and mural paintings, its galleries filled with the chef d’oeuvres of every epoch, no other city offers such a field for study or an atmosphere so replete with precedents.”

In 1894, McKim founded the American School of Architecture in Rome. He involved not only artists and architects but also the financial geniuses of his time; J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Henry Clay Frick all contributed to the enterprise. A year later, the Archaeological Institute of America established the American School of Classical Studies in Rome, and in 1911, the board of trustees voted to merge and the two schools, which became today’s American Academy in Rome.

Stone has taught at UD since 1987. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley and his master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard University. A specialist in Italian 17th century art, he is best known for his studies of Caravaggio (especially his works for the Knights of Malta) and the paintings and drawings of the Bolognese artist Guercino. In addition to the Rome Prize, Stone has received senior fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton….READ MORE


Art Buzz February 9, 2012: Greg Clark: Sewanee art historian next Mississippi State University humanities lecturer



Sewanee art historian next MSU humanities lecturer

Source: Mississippi State University, 2-9-12

University Relations News Bureau (662) 325-3442 Contact: Margaret Kovar February 09, 2012

University of the South art history professor Greg Clark kicks off the spring semester of Mississippi State’s Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series.

His free presentation, “Betty Boop: A Roaring 20s Flapper in Depression-Era American Animation,” takes place Thursday [Feb. 23].

The 4 p.m. university program in the McCool Hall atrium will be followed by a reception and signing of his book, “The Spitz Master: A Parisian Book of Hours” (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003).

As a faculty member at Sewanee: The University of the South, Clark’s scholarly work focuses on 15th century manuscript illuminations in northern France and the southern Netherlands. Previously, he worked at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, first as a curatorial assistant and then as an assistant curator of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

Clark holds master of fine arts and doctoral degrees from Princeton University.

MSU’s Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the offices of Research and Economic Development and the Provost. The program regularly features scholars, writers and artists from around the world.

For more information about the event, contact Joy Smith at 662-325-7094 or

Art Buzz January 22, 2012: Adele Nelson: Visiting professor speaks on Brazilian art at Southern Methodist University



Visiting professor speaks on Brazilian art at Southern Methodist University

Source: SMU Daily, 1-22-12

On Jan. 19, visiting assistant professor Adele Nelson set an admirable bar for SMU’s first Comini Lecture of the semester.

Nelson’s lecture, “Creating History: The Definition of Modernism at the Second São Paulo Bienal,” featured Brazil’s renowned exhibit, the Bienal from 1953-54, and the recognition it summoned.

“[The Bienal de São Paulo was] a conduit to the international art scene,” Nelson said. “[It] gained international visibility with being the second international exhibit in the Americas.”

The Meadows School of the Arts art history department considered Nelson a fit candidate for their faculty as well as the Comini Lecture Series.

“We are very lucky to have her,” said art history professor and colleague Roberto Tejada. “She brings an intense and deep knowledge of 20th-century Latin American art.”

Nelson’s interesting and stimulating lecture on Thursday showcased her expertise on Brazil’s political position and how it coincided with its modern art exploration.

She emphasized that Brazil found this artistic exploration because Europe was decimated after WWII while Brazil was economically flourishing.

“Brazilian artists have a different history of European modern art,” Nelson said.

Distinguished endowed chair of SMU’s art history department, Roberto Tejada, agrees with Nelson’s argument. “We’re able to talk about European art but from the historical perspective of Latin America,” Tejada said.

As 20th-century Latin American art being one of Tejada’s specialties, he and the department are constantly questioning the term “Latin America.”

However, the SMU faculty definitively has a growing interest in this field.

Professor Nelson is starting her second semester of teaching at SMU.

She has replaced art history professor Amy Buono while professor Buono is on research leave.

Nelson’s specialization in Brazilian studies and Portuguese is not far off from Professor Buono’s studies in Colonial Latin America and the Portuguese Atlantic.

Conversely, Nelson is a modernist and is able to offer SMU students expertise of a different time period.

Interim chair and associate professor Dr. Pamela Patton said, “She augments Dr. Buono’s regular courses.”

Patton believes that Nelson’s three-year curatorial experience at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and her modernist perspective is beneficial for students.

“[Nelson’s knowledge allows Buono’s] students to learn a little more about the same subject,” Patton said.

Also being the subject of her dissertation, Nelson’s lecture on the Bienal de São Paulo sparked passionate interest among the art history faculty on Thursday. Nelson’s thorough analysis on the Bienal de São Paulo’s exhibition in correlation with the architecture designed by Oscar Niemeyer, raised a number of questions from faculty and students.

Professor Patton specifically noted that Nelson’s curatorial experience aids her understanding of how material and texture gave the Bienal de São Paulo’s artwork a presence in the room.

Professor Randall Griffin discussed Brazils’ “utopian project with the Bienal,” adding to Nelson’s lecture.

With the art history department’s newly created Ph.D program, Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture, Nelson’s historical and political resume has proved to be perfectly synced with their curriculum.