Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. Published in hard copy 5-7 times a year. New shows: "events;" hard-copy rates & how to support the online edition: "works."

TWO HISTORY STORIES

January 31, 2012

Tags: Emanuel Leutze, Asher B. Durand, Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera. Indian Warrior. 1931. Fresco on reinforced cement in a metal framework, 41 x 52 1/2" (104.14 x 133.35 cm). Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton Massachusetts. Purchased with the Winthrop Hillyer Fund Sc 1934:8-1. (c)2011 Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust Mexico, D.F./Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York
AT THE MET: AMERICAN ART HISTORY

American art history is such a cozy corner of the discipline. Few scholars paid much attention to it prior to the 1960s, which may help to explain why I knew next to nothing about it when I entered grad school in 1974. In grad school, I learned quite a lot about it, thanks to a couple of excellent courses taught by Barbara Novak, but I also learned that an awful lot of (more…)