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Renowned Art Historians T.J. Clark and Anne M. Wagner Featured in "Not Modern Art: An Exchange" at Mills College

Oakland, CA–February 2, 2010. T.J. Clark and Anne M. Wagner, internationally renowned art historians and longtime professors at the University of California at Berkeley, will be the featured guest speakers in “Not Modern Art: An Exchange” at Mills College on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Presented in Lisser Theater by the Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism, the event is free and open to the public. A reception will be held in the Mills College Art Museum following the discussion.

Focusing on a painting by Picasso and a sculpture by Henry Moore, Clark and Wagner will examine the ways in which 20th-century art eluded the challenging technical, political, economic, and interpersonal realities of the modern age. They will also discuss whether it is a strength or a weakness that modern art fails to belong fully to its own time.

“Internationally acclaimed scholars and devoted UC Berkeley teachers, T.J. Clark and Anne Wagner have for years been pivotal in making and questioning modernist art history. It seems singularly appropriate to welcome them to Mills on the eve of their departure from the Bay Area to live in England,” said Moira Roth, Eugene E. Trefethen, Jr. Professor of Art History.

Clark and Wagner are married and have taught at the University of California at Berkeley since 1988. Clark is the George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair and Professor of Modern Art at UC Berkeley. He is the author of a series of books on the social character and formal dynamics of modern art, including The Absolute Bourgeois: Artists and Politics in France 1848-1853, Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution, The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and His Followers, and Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism. Clark’s most recent book is The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing (Yale University Press, 2006). He is currently writing a book entitled Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica, based on his Mellon Lectures in Fine Art delivered in Spring 2009.

Wagner holds the Class of 1936 Chair in UC Berkeley’s History of Art Department. Her recently published essays include studies of Jasper John’s Flag, Dan Flavin’s spaces, and Candice Breitz videos. Her books include Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux: Sculptor of the Second Empire, Three Artists (Three Women): Modernism and the Art of Hesse, Krasner, and O’Keefe, and Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture. A book of Wagner’s essays, A House Divided: On Recent American Art, will be published in 2011. In addition, she is currently being commissioned by Princeton University Press to write Behaving Globally for a new series, Essays on the Arts. In September 2010, Wagner will fill the newly created position of Henry Moore Foundation Research Curator at the Tate Britain museum in London.

“Not Modern Art: An Exchange” is funded by the Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism that brings outstanding speakers to the College. Created in 1993, the endowment aims to give students and the community access to distinguished art historians, researchers, and critics who have made significant contributions to the fields of art history and art criticism.

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