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Alexander Nagel(not teaching Spring 2016)

Deputy Director for Academic Affairs; Director of Graduate Studies; Professor of Fine Arts

Research Interests:

•The temporal life of artworks: antiquarianism, anachronism, archaism, citation, forgery
•Renaissance art and the eastern Mediterranean; the emergence of a conception of Europe
•The history of the altarpiece and the origins of easel painting
•Classifications & reclassifications of art in early modern art theory, art history, & art collecting
•Persistences and revivals of medieval/early modern modalities in modern & contemporary art
•Image magic and its adaptations in the Renaissance
•Art and the European Reformation
•History of the discipline of art history
•Art and image theory

Selected Publications:

Books:

Alexander Nagel Book Cover Medieval Modern, Thames and Hudson, 2012. [order online]
Interviews with Alexander Nagel about Medieval Modern:
[www.tandhblog.co.uk] [www.popmatters.com]
Alexander Nagel Book Cover The Controversy of Renaissance Art, University Of Chicago Press, 2011.
Awarded 2012 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association.
Interview with Alexander Nagel about The Controversy of Renaissance Art: [www.rorotoko.com]
Alexander Nagel Book Cover Subject as Aporia in Early Modern Art, co-edited with Lorenzo Pericolo, Ashgate Press, 2010. [order online]
Alexander Nagel Book Cover Nagel, Alexander and Christopher Wood. Anachronic Renaissance. New York: Zone Books, 2010. [order online]
Alexander Nagel Book Cover
Michelangelo and the Reform of Art Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. [order online]


Selected Writings
:

“Beyond the Relic Cult of Art,” Held Essays on Visual Art, Brooklyn Rail, July 15, 2014 [link to article]

“Objects That Are Only Boundaries,” Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (New York: Whitney Museum, 2014)[link to article]

“Style-eating Granite,” Cabinet Magazine, 2014 [link to article]

Some Discoveries of 1492: Eastern Antiquities and Renaissance Europe, Seventeenth Horst Gerson Lecture, held on November 14, 2013 (Groningen: University of Groningen, 2013) [link to article]

"Robert Smithson Removed from the Source," Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 63/64 (2013): 285-88 [link to article]

"Interview with Robert Smithson, March 20, 1968 (prologue by Irving Sandler, annotated by Alexander Nagel)," Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 63/64 (2013): 289-98 [link to article]

Review of Franco Mormando, Bernini: His Life and his Rome, in London Review of Books, January 3, 2013 [link to article]

Review of Painting for Profit: The Economic Lives of Seventeeth-Century Painters, eds. Philip Sohm and Richard Spear (Yale University Press, 2010) [link to article]

"Art out of Time: The Relic and Robert Smithson,"Artforum 51, 2 (2012):232-39. [link to article]

“Twenty-five notes on pseudoscript in Italian art,” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 59/60, 2011, 229-48 [link to article]

Contribution to the forum “Questions of Style,” Artforum 49, 1 (2010): 258-59. [link to article]

“Roundtable on the Global before Globalization,” with Barry Finnbar Flood, Alessandra Russo, Eugene Wang, and Christopher Wood, moderated by David Joselit, October 133 (2010): 3-19. [link to article]

“The Afterlife of the Reliquary,” in Treasures of Heaven: Saint, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe, eds. Martina Bagnoli, Holger A. Klein, C. Griffith Mann, and James Robinson (Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 2010), 211-22. [link to article]

Coauthored with Christopher Wood. "What counted as an Antiquity in the Renaissance?" In Renaissance Medievalisms, Toronto, 53-74. Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2009. [link to article]

"Icons and Early Modern Portraits." In El Retrato del Renacimiento, edited by Miguel Falomir, Madrid: Museo del Prado, 2008. [link to article]

"Authorship and Image-making in the Monument to Giotto in Florence cathedral." Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 53-54 (2008): 143-151. [link to article]

"From the Vault: Preview of Jacopo Tintoretto at the Prado." Artforum 45 (2007): 109-110. [link to article]

Nagel, Alexander and Christopher Wood. "Towards a new model of Renaissance anachronism." Art Bulletin 87 (2005): 403-32. (with responses by Michael Cole, Charles Dempsey, and Claire Farago. [link to article]

"Fashion and the now-time of Renaissance art," Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 46 (2004): 33-52. [link to article]

"Experiments in art and reform in early sixteenth-century Italy." In The Pontificate of Clement VII: History, Politics, Culture, edited by Kenneth Gouwens and Sheryl Reiss, 385-409. London: Ashgate, 2004. [link to article]

"Art as gift: Liberal art and the Discourse of Religious Reform in the Renaissance." In Négocier le Don-Negotiating the Gift, 387-413.Paris: Deutsches Historisches Institut, 2003. [link to article]

"The Antipodes of Modernity: Distinguished Scholars’ Session in honor of Leo Steinberg," lecture at the College Art Association, 2002. [link to lecture]

“Recent literature on Lorenzo Lotto.” (Review of Lorenzo Lotto by Jacques Bonnet; Lorenzo Lotto by Peter Humfrey;, Lorenzo Lotto: Master Painter of the Renaissance by David Alan Brown, Peter Humfrey, and Mauro Lucco; Lorenzo Lotto e l'Immaginario Alchemico by Mauro Zanchi), Art Bulletin 80 (1998): 742-46. [link to article]

"Altarpiece (Definition and History)." In The Dictionary of Art.London: MacMillan, 1996, I, 707-13. [link to article]

“Recent literature on Fra Angelico.” (Review of, Fra Angelico: Dissemblance and Figuration by Georges Didi-Huberman, trans. Jane Marie Todd and, Fra Angelico at San Marco by William Hood), Art Bulletin, 78, 1996, 559-65. [link to article]

"Leonardo and sfumato." RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, 24 (1993) 7-20. [link to article]


Academic Degrees
:

Harvard University, Department of Fine Arts (1987-1993): M.A. 1990, PhD 1993.
University of California, Berkeley, Department of History (1982-1987): B.A. 1987.
Université de Montpellier, Département d'Histoire (1984-1985): D.E.U.G. 1985.

Highlights

“Beyond the Relic Cult of Art,” Held Essays on Visual Art, Brooklyn Rail, July 15, 2014 [link to article]

“Objects That Are Only Boundaries,” Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (New York: Whitney Museum, 2014)[link to article]

“Style-eating Granite,” Cabinet Magazine, 2014 [link to article]

Some Discoveries of 1492: Eastern Antiquities and Renaissance Europe, Seventeenth Horst Gerson Lecture, held on November 14, 2013 (Groningen: University of Groningen, 2013) [link to article]

Anachronic Renaissance/ Global Renaissance: A Dialogue between Serge Gruzinski & Alexander Nagel, March 26, 3-5 PM, CUNY Graduate Center. [more info]

“Some Discoveries of 1492: Eastern Antiquities and Renaissance Europe,” Horst Gerson Lecture, University of Groningen, November 14, 2013 [more info]

“Orientations of Renaissance Art,” Forschungszentrum Historische Geisteswissenschaften Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Nov. 6, 2013

“'The glass under water, the form that seems a form seen in a mirror',” Anacronismi: I Tempi Plurali dell’Immagine (Alexander Nagel, Georges Didi-Hubermann and Philippe-Alain Michaud), Palazzo Grassi, Venice, October 2, 2013 [more info]

“'I think tours would be interesting’: Some Smithson documents,” Robert Smithson: Entropie et Mémoire, Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, September 28, 2013

Review of Franco Mormando, Bernini: His Life and his Rome, in London Review of Books, January 3, 2013 [link to article]

"Art out of Time: The Relic and Robert Smithson,"Artforum 51, 2 (2012):232-39. [link to article]

“Twenty-five notes on pseudoscript in Italian art,” Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 59/60, 2011, 229-48 [link to article]

"Rebecca Chamberlain: Instructions for Use," Dodge Gallery, May 14-June19, 2011: [link to article]

Participant in seminar co-organized by Fondation de France and Clark Art Institute Research and Academic Program on "Looking at Contemporary Art Through Eyes Trained on the Past;" Antibes: Fondation Hartung, June 27-July 2, 2011.

Contribution to the forum “Questions of Style,” Artforum 49, 1 (2010): 258-59. [link to article]

“Roundtable on the Global before Globalization,” with Barry Finnbar Flood, Alessandra Russo, Eugene Wang, and Christopher Wood, moderated by David Joselit, October 133 (2010): 3-19. [link to article]

“The Afterlife of the Reliquary,” in Treasures of Heaven: Saint, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe, eds. Martina Bagnoli, Holger A. Klein, C. Griffith Mann, and James Robinson (Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 2010), 211-22. [link to article]

“Report on Some Discoveries of 1492,” Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA; January 11, 2010