Professor Anca Lasc Publishes New Chapter on Interior Design

“An excellent and diverse range of writers and subject matter has ensured that issues around the ‘soft’ interior are now placed firmly at the forefront of thinking in this field of design.” – Excerpted from a review by Graeme Brooker, Middlesex University, UK

Professor Anca Lasc, has contributed to the recently published and well reviewed book Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space. Professor Lasc’s chapter can be found in Part 1 and is titled Soft Spaces: From the Textile-Clad Interior to Modern Interior Design. Edited by Deborah Schneiderman and Alexa Griffith Winton, this book is an exploration of the intersection of technology and design. This exciting and interdisciplinary approach to interior design is sure to appeal to those interested in its study, and beyond. Textile Technology and Design is published by Bloomsburry Publishing and available in multiple formats including paperback, hardcover, and e-book.

Professor Lasc Publishes Designing the French Interior Volume

Anca I. Lasc has recently published Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media (Bloomsbury 2015), a volume co-edited with Georgina Downey and Mark Taylor. The book traces France’s central role in the development of the modern domestic interior, from the pre-revolutionary period to the 1970s, and addresses the importance of various media, including drawings, prints, pattern books, illustrated magazines, department store catalogs, photographs, guidebooks, and films, in representing and promoting French interior design to a wider audience. Contributors to this original volume identify and historicize the singularity of the modern French domestic interior as a generator of reproducible images, a site for display of both highly crafted and mass-produced objects, and the direct result of widely-circulated imagery in its own right. The volume enables an invaluable new understanding of the relationship between architecture, interior spaces, material cultures, mass media and modernity. In addition to Prof. Lasc’s chapter, “Angels and Rebels: The Obsessions and Transgressions of the Modern Interior,” the book also includes essays by Jess Berry, Fae Brauer, Katherine Brion, Louise Campbell, Georgina Downey, Elizabeth Emery, Nieves Fernandez Villalobos, Peter McNeil, Elizabeth Melanson, Ronit Milano, Peter Olshavsky, John Potvin, Emilie Sitzia, Linda Stevenson, Karen Stock, Gullaume de Syon, Susan Tate, and Mark Taylor.

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Professor Gisolfi to Publish New Paolo Veronese Book


Diana Gisolfi is currently chairperson of the Porter Prize jury at the College Art Association. Her book, Paolo Veronese and the Practice of Painting in Late Renaissance Venice is to be published by Yale University Press in 2016. This book looks at painting practice in the Republic of Venice in the late sixteenth century. Paolo Veronese provides a center line for the argument. It begins with the visual, cultural and practical environment of Verona, bringing in his training, and moves to the capital city with his first commissions (1551) and the challenges of other master painters in the city of Venice. Specifics of practice such as preparatory drawings, transfer systems, workshop procedures, collaboration, and process on various surfaces are continually viewed in the context of patronage and culture including contemporary art theory.

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Professors Parkinson and Morton Published in Modernism Book


Faculty members Nicholas Parkinson and Marsha Morton have recently published essays in the anthology The Symbolist Roots of Modernism, edited by Michelle Facos and Thor J. Mednick (Ashgate 2015).  Their articles appear in the “Theory” section of the book and are titled, respectively, “De Chirico and the Fin de Siecle: The Metaphysical Paintings and Their Relationship to Symbolism,” and “From False Objectivity to New Objectivity: Klinger’s Legacy of Symbolic Realism.”

Professor Banner Published in El Reverso de la history de arte

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Datos libro El reverso de la historia del arte-page-002Lisa A. Banner recently published an essay “Spanish Drawings in North American Collections,” included in the collected volume edited by Esther Alsina Galofré and Clara Beltrán Catalán, El Reverso de la history de arte: Exposiciones, comercio y coleccionismo (1850-1950), Ediciones Trea S.L., 2015. Texts in Spanish, English and Catalán.

The essay was originally delivered in Spanish at the Centro Cultural del Carmen de Valencia in June 2012, the V annual international research seminar on the history of collecting, sponsored by the University of Barcelona, and spearheaded by Immaculada Socias Batet, Bonaventura Bassegoda i Hugas and Francesc Fontbona de Vallescar.

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