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"Circulations in the Global History of Art" - ed.DaCosta Kaufmann, Thomas, Catherine Dossin, and Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015.

by Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel

The project of global art history calls for balanced treatment ofartifacts and a unified approach. This volume emphasizes questions oftranscultural encounters and exchanges as circulations. It presents astrategy that highlights the processes and connections among cultures,and also responds to the dynamics at work in the current globalizedart world.The editors’ introduction provides an account of the historicalbackground to this approach to global art history, stresses theinseparable bond of theory and practice, and suggests a revaluationof materialist historicism as an underlying premise. Individualcontributions to the book provide an overview of current reflectionand research on issues of circulation in relation to global art historyand the globalization of art past and present. They offer a varietyof methods and approaches to the treatment of different periods,regions, and objects, surveying both questions of historiography andmethodology and presenting individual case studies. An ‘Afterword’by James Elkins gives a critique of the present project. The book thusdeliberately leaves discussion open, inviting future responses to thelarge questions it poses.


  • Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann,Catherine Dossin, and Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel : Introduction: reintroducing circulations: historiographyand the project of global art history
  • Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann: Reections on worldart history
  • Serge Gruzinski : Art history and Iberianworldwide diffusion: westernization/globalization/Americanization
  • Monica Juneja : Circulation and beyond – the trajectories of visionin early modern Eurasia
  • Carolyn C. Guile : Circulations: early modernarchitecture in the Polish-Lithuanian borderland
  •  Michel Espagne : Cultural transfers in art history
  • Christophe Charle : Spatial translationand temporal discordance: modes of cultural circulation andinternationalization in Europe (second half of the 19th and rst half ofthe 20th century
  • Michele Greet : Mapping cultural exchange: LatinAmerican artists in Paris between the wars
  • Piotr Piotrowski : The globalNETwork: an approach to comparative art history
  • Sophie Cras : Global conceptualism? Cartographies of conceptual art in pursuit ofdecentering
  •  Catherine Dossin and Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel : The German century? How a geopoliticalapproach could transform the history of Modernism
  •  James Elkins : Afterword
  •  Index


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