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March 5, 2009

World Art Studies. Exploring Concepts and Approaches

This book challenges the narrow Western-centrism of most art historical models. Archeologists have found that, for tens of thousands of years, all human cultures have shared a desire for visual representation or expression. Yet the study of art history has traditionally focused on Western artworks of the past few centuries. World Art Studies examines the phenomenon of art through a broader cultural, global, and temporal perspective, bringing together a uniquely exhaustive range of perspectives on art and borrowing approaches from the study of neuroscience, evolutionary biology, anthropology and geography as models—alongside more conventional art historical perspectives. In musicology or linguistics, using such diverse viewpoints for reflection and research is considered part of the normal process. In that spirit, this volume goes beyond abstract models, using case studies to demonstrate and examine specific methods of investigation. World Art Studies is a publication from Valiz. It is edited by Kitty Zijlmans and Wilfried van Damme.
Kitty Zijlmans is an art historian who was appointed Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at Leiden University in 2000. Her main interest is in the fields of contemporary art, art theory, and methodology. She is also especially interested in the ongoing processes of interculturalization and globalization of the (art) world.
Wilfried van Damme is an art historian and anthropologist who has studied visual aesthetics from a global and multidisciplinary perspective. He has been a Lecturer in World Art Studies at Leiden University since 2004. His current interests include the historiography of the Western study of art beyond the West
Authors: Richard L. Anderson, Jean M. Borgatti, Donald E. Brown, Cao Yiqiang, John Clark, Elisabeth de Bièvre, Ellen Dissanayake, James Elkins, Paula D. Girshick, Marlite Halbertsma, Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, John Onians, Ulrich Pfisterer, Colin Rhodes, Ben-Ami Scharfstein, Wilfried van Damme, Kitty Zijlmans
Design: Linn Eriksen .. 464 pages .. 24 x 17 cm .. paperback .. English .. € 29,50 .. http://www.valiz.nl/en/WorldArtStudies
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