Histcon.se Time, Memory and Representation Tid, Minne, Representation

A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar

Dan Karlholm

Professor of Art History, Södertörn University

Biography

B. 1963. Professor of Art History, Södertörn University. PhD in Art History from Uppsala University in 1996, with dissertation on the construction of "General Art History" (allgemeine Kunstgeschichte) in the 19th-century Germany. His work on historiography includes Art of Illusion: The Representation of Art History in Ninteenth-Century Germany and Beyond (2004). Founder and director of the Art History Department at Södertörn, involved, besides the TMR-programme, with the research project "Contemporary (Post)modernity? Canonization Processes of Advanced Art in Germany and Sweden 1977-2007 (both sponsored by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies). Editor-in-Chief for Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History (Routledge) from 2009.

Ongoing research

Karlholm will contribute a study which addresses the need within art history to reconsider the standard scheme of historicizing art, with particular view to how “contemporaniety” is and has been understood.

The “contemporaneity” to which contemporary art ultimately refers appears less as a temporal sequence than as a contested space of issues of relevance for “us” “here” “now”. The standard mode of art history writing, modelled on 19th-century narratives of unilinear development, is ill suited for assessing contemporary art as a historical-conceptual phenomenon. This art is discursively dissociated from the past as well as the future, and excluded from most art simultaneous with it. To avoid perpetuating historicism by suggesting further neo- or post-isms, the need to critically reconsider this entire scheme of historicizing art is evident.

A book in Swedish will be published by Axl Books in 2014, entitled Den otidsenliga konsten: om samtidskonstens historia och framtid (approx. “Untimely Art: On the History and Future of Contemporary Art”). It will function as a pilot study or draft for my more internationally oriented English version. Themes covered here include “The concept of Work”, “Kronos and Topos”, “The Birth of Contemporaneity”, “Pan-Conceptualism” and “Actualized Art”.

Selected bibliography

Vad är ett museum? with Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson, Axl Books, Stockholm, 2013
”The New Neues Museum in Berlin: Accumulating Narratives”, in Johan Hegardt (ed.), The Museum Beyond the Nation, The National Historical Museum, Stockholm, Studies 21, Stockholm, 2012
”Objects/Subjects, Infinite Multiplication. An Introduction”, in G.Ulrich Grossman & Petra Krutisch (eds.), CIHA 2012: The Challenge of the Object, 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, Congress Proceedings, Part 3, Nürnberg 2013
“Contemporary, Now and Forever”, Review of Terry Smith, Contemporary Art: World Currents (London: Laurence King, 2011), Art History, Vol. 36, No. 1, February 2013
“Surveying Contemporary Art: Post-War, Postmodern, and then what?”, Art History, vol. 31, 2009
- "Konstnären som verket och andra postmoderna verkningar" in Sven-Olov Wallenstein (ed.), Svar på frågan: vad är det postmoderna?, Axl Books, Stockholm 2009.
– Art of Illusion: The Representation of Art History in Nineteenth-Century Germany and Beyond, Peter Lang, Bern, 2004. (2nd ed.: 2006)

Vad är ett museum? with Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson, Axl Books, Stockholm, 2013

”Objects/Subjects, Infinite Multiplication. An Introduction”, in G.Ulrich Grossman & Petra Krutisch (eds.), CIHA 2012: The Challenge of the Object, 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art, Congress Proceedings, Part 3, Nürnberg 2013

“Contemporary, Now and Forever”, Review of Terry Smith, Contemporary Art: World Currents (London: Laurence King, 2011), Art History, Vol. 36, No. 1, February 2013

”The New Neues Museum in Berlin: Accumulating Narratives”, in Johan Hegardt (ed.), The Museum Beyond the Nation, The National Historical Museum, Stockholm, Studies 21, Stockholm, 2012

“Surveying Contemporary Art: Post-War, Postmodern, and then what?”, Art History, vol. 31, 2009

- "Konstnären som verket och andra postmoderna verkningar" in Sven-Olov Wallenstein (ed.), Svar på frågan: vad är det postmoderna?, Axl Books, Stockholm 2009.

Art of Illusion: The Representation of Art History in Nineteenth-Century Germany and Beyond, Peter Lang, Bern, 2004. (2nd ed.: 2006)

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