Unlearning the Whiteness of Academic Art History
In Taipei, my disengagement with the silk scrolls wasn’t random. It was learned.
Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects
Art historians Barbara Mundy and Aaron Hyman have criticized the use of Vasari and his concept of the singular artist in art history. They argue that Vasari’s society of patrons and commissions limits Vasari’s vision of art, as well as the relevance of his theory for other contexts. Turning their attention to Latin America, they argue that the social conditions were different and therefore the creative production was divergent from Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture. But the difference does not imply less value.
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The DrinkersWhite Crucifix
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