• Reviewed by Jaś Elsner

    This volume collects about fifty years’ worth of essays by the doyen of the English-language study of iconoclasm.

  • Sanchita Balachandran

    My grandfather must have bought me the Junior School Dictionary soon after it was published, because my mother and I left India in 1982. I imagine carting this volume across the oceans, from Madras (it was still called Madras then) to Bethesda, Maryland…

Notes from the Field

  • Book Review
    Danish Modern Furniture 1930–2016: The Rise, Decline and Re-Emergence of a Cultural Market Category
    Reviewed by Charlotte Ashby

    Though the original Danish version of this book was published in 2006, sustained interest in Scandinavian mid-century modern design in popular and academic circles makes this new, expanded English edition most welcome.

  • Book Review
    The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution
    Reviewed by Ivan Gaskell

    Dan Hicks’s book is true to the period of its subject for he has written a Victorian melodrama.

  • Book Review
    Iconoclasm
    Reviewed by Jaś Elsner

    This volume collects about fifty years’ worth of essays by the doyen of the English-language study of iconoclasm.

  • Book Review
    The Contested Crown: Repatriation Politics between Europe and Mexico
    Reviewed by Miruna Achim

    Few Mexican objects in European collections have been more contested than the so-called penacho de Moctezuma, a feather headdress on display at the Weltmuseum in Vienna.

  • Exhibition Notes
    Eaglemania: Collecting Japanese Art in Gilded Age America
    Reviewed by Jane Whitehead

    A monumental Meiji-era bronze sculpted eagle with a nine-foot wingspan broods over the Daley Family Gallery at the McMullen Museum of Art. Now restored to its original appearance, for decades the eagle hid in plain sight atop a granite column on the Boston College campus…


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