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Robert Slifkin

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts

Ph.D. Yale University 2007; M.A. Williams College 2002; B.A. University of North
Carolina, 1995.

Research Interests

Contemporary Art
History of Photography
19th and 20th American Art and Culture
Critical Theory

Sample Courses

Photography and Facticity
Land Art and its Antecedents

Contemporary Art and the Plight of Publicness

Representation, Repetition, Appropriation
Is Contemporary Art History?
Abstract Expressionism

Hollywood 1967-1977
The Real and the Fictive in Contemporary Art

Selected Writings

Out of Time: Philip Guston and the Refiguration of Postwar American Art (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013).

“Fitz Henry Lane and the Compromised Landscape, 1848-1865,” American Art 27 (Fall 2013), 64-83.

Bruce Nauman Going Solo (Portland, OR: Companion Editions, Distributed by D.A.P., 2012)

“Is Contemporary Art History?,” Oxford Art Journal 35 (March 2012), 111-114.

"Donald Judd's Credibility Gap," American Art 25 (Summer 2011), 57-75.

“The Tragic Image: Action Painting Refigured,” Oxford Art Journal 34 (June 2011), 227-46.

“Philip Guston’s Return to Figuration and the “1930s Renaissance” of the 1960s,” Art Bulletin 93 (June 2011), 220-242.

“Now Man's Bound to Fail, More,” October 135 (Winter 2011), 49-69.

“James Whistler as the Invisible Man: Anti-Aestheticism and Artistic Vision,” Oxford Art Journal 29 (Spring 2006), 53-75.

Selected Honors

Phillips Book Prize, 2012
Henry Moore Foundation, Fellow, 2011-12
Stanford Humanities Center (declined), 2010
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship, 2006-7
Getty Research Library Travel Grant, Getty Institute, 2006