Hans Makart’s Technicolor Dream House: Decoration and Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century Vienna

Eric Anderson

Understanding the Viennese artist Hans Makart’s studio requires looking beyond style to matters of science and commerce, subjectivity and power. 

The Birth of the Archaeological Vision: From Antiquaries to Archaeologists

Alain Schnapp

Since the middle of the nineteenth century, archaeology has been firmly established as a specific way of exploring the past. So where, then, is the dividing line between history and archaeology?

Threats and Promises: The Marketing and Promotion of Electric Lighting to Women in the United States, 1880s-1960s

Margaret Maile Petty

Examining the development of a specific gendered discourse driven by the electrical industry that united key beliefs about feminine beauty, identity, and the domestic interior.

From the Arsenal to the Laboratory (1928) by Aby Warburg

Introduction by Claudia Wedepohl; Translated by Christopher D. Johnson

An unusual firsthand account of the origins of the distinct approach to the history of images developed by Aby Warburg.

Notes from the Field

Exhibition Notes
Brandbilder: Kunstwerke als Zeugen des Zweiten Weltkriegs
Ivan Gaskell

When does an artwork become so compromised by damage or deterioration beyond the power of conservators to restore that it loses its artwork character? Can such a damaged thing acquire non-art aesthetic characteristics that compensate, in some sense, for the losses of those aesthetic characteristics it had as an artwork?

Exhibition Notes
After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India, 1947/1997
Ivan Gaskell

Arshiya Lokhandwala, independent curator and founder of the Lakeeren Gallery in Mumbai, has assembled a fascinating exhibition in two complementary parts that offers visitors to the Queens Museum in Flushing’s Corona Park a selective crash course in Indian art from independence to the present.

Book Reviews
Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897–1907
Christopher Long

In the spring of 1903, Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser founded the Wiener Werkstätte. The company, officially recorded in the commercial court records as the Wiener Werkstätte Productiv-Genossenschaft von Kunsthandwerkern (Productive Cooperative of Artisans), was neither truly a cooperative . . .

Book Reviews
Les arts de l’Islam au Musée du Louvre
Tony Cutler

Readers of West 86th, published in the United States, may be surprised to find here a review of the French edition of this book when there exists a perfectly good English-language translation. The reason is that the latter, and to a lesser extent the former, are already “rare” books. When, soon after the books’ simultaneous . . .

Book Reviews
Please Come to the Show
Kim Dhillon

I recently purchased a used copy of the art historian Ursula Meyer’s Conceptual Art (1972) on Amazon for £1.76, plus international shipping and postage. It arrived in the post a week or so later after being dispatched from New York to my home in London. When I opened it, I noticed that the inside cover was stamped with the name . . .