Self-aware History of Art (History)

an ongoing list

Art history that is about much more beyond art itself, reflects on the origins and histories of the ideas of "art", "(individual) artist", "art history", etc.

History of art that involves history of science, economics, politics, culture.


  • Ben Davis, Art in the After-Culture

  • Georges Bataille, The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture

  • Hanneke Grootenboer, The Pensive Image

  • Maria Stavrinaki, Transfixed by Prehistory: An Inquiry into Modern Art and Time

Wendi Yan is an artist and researcher who is fascinated by the boundaries of ego, personhood and humanhood.

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