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2023 Association for Art History Fellows

We are thrilled to announce our 2023 Association for Art History Fellows. This initiative, now in its fourth year, seeks to recognise and honour individuals who have made a significant contribution to the broad field of art history.

The Association for Art History Fellows for 2023 are Patricia Allmer and T. J. Clark:

Patricia Allmer is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Edinburgh. Her ground-breaking books, exhibitions, and essays have transformed the study of modern and contemporary women artists and Surrealism, starting in 2009 with her curation of the award-winning Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism at Manchester Art Gallery, the first major exhibition on this topic. Her books include the recent The Traumatic Surreal: Germanophone Women Artists and Surrealism after the Second World War (2022), Lee Miller: Photography, Surrealism and Beyond (2016), and the edited collection Intersections: Women Artists/Surrealism/Modernism (2016). She is also a major international scholar of René Magritte, publishing three books on him and delivering the 2017-18 International Émile Bernheim Programme lectures in Brussels. Her co-curated projects (with John Sears) include Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs (2014), and 4 Saints in 3 Acts: A Snapshot of the American Avant-Garde (2018), both at The Photographers’ Gallery, London. These exhibitions significantly expanded critical understanding of modernist avant-gardes. She is currently working on two monographs focussing on women artists in relation to trans-medial and trans-Atlantic developments in Surrealism.

T. J. Clark was born in Bristol in 1943, took a B.A. in Modern History at Cambridge and a Ph.D. at the Courtauld. He taught at several places in Britain and the U.S., and is now Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked for twenty years. Among his books are Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution (1973), The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers (1984), Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism (1999), The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing (2006), Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica (2013), Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life (with Anne M. Wagner, 2013), Heaven on Earth: Painting and the Life to Come (2018), and If These Apples Should Fall: Cézanne and the Present (2022).  He has been associated with Retort, the Bay Area group of artists and activists, and in 2005 was part-author of Retort’s Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War. At present he is working on a collection of essays, Those Passions: On Art and Politics.

We will confer the awards to this stellar cohort of 2023 Art History Fellows during our Annual Conference, 12-14 April. Their talks and presentations are open to all conference attendees.

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