Journal18, #1 Multilayered (Spring 2016)

Posted in journal articles, reviews by Editor on April 1, 2016

The inaugural issue of J18 is now available!

Issue1_CoverJournal18, #1 Multilayered (Spring 2016)


• David Pullins, “Stubbs, Vernet & Boucher Share a Canvas: Workshops, Authorship & the Status of Painting”
•  Charlotte Guichard, “Scratched Surfaces: Artists’ Graffiti in Eighteenth-Century Rome”
• Kristel Smentek, “China and Greco-Roman Antiquity: Overture to a Study of the Vase in Eighteenth-Century France”
• Dipti Khera, “Marginal, Mobile, Multilayered: Painted Invitation Letters as Bazaar Objects in Early Modern India”

Art history’s material turn, informed by anthropology, material culture, and consumption studies, has prompted new interest in both the physicality and the social lives of artworks. Examining the ways that eighteenth-century art objects were produced, transported, and transformed helps us to understand how they were perceived and reimagined in different cultural and temporal contexts. In the workshops and collective spaces of artistic design and manufacture, objects became the creative products of many minds and many hands, simultaneously and successively. Likewise in their afterlives as commodities and possessions, objects were continually altered through use and re-use, each transaction constituting a reframing—sometimes literal—as objects inhabited new settings or were subjected to damage, aging, or rejuvenation.

This inaugural issue of Journal18 explores the multilayered nature of eighteenth-century art. Our focus is on artworks that bear traces of multiple hands as a result of workshop production, cross-cultural exchange, re-use, restoration, vandalism, or other factors. Among the questions considered are: who were the many people involved in art’s production and reproduction (artists, collectors, scholars, dealers, handlers, and restorers)? How were eighteenth-century artworks made, re-purposed, transported, and conserved? How were they translated across media as well as across time, space, and culture? And what is the creative effect of non-creative acts like accidents or defacement? By taking a ‘multilayered’ approach, the articles in this issue not only reexamine traditional art-historical categories—such as style, originality, or authorship—but also encourage new methodological perspectives and find new meaning in the materiality of art objects.

N O T E S  &  Q U E R I E S

Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV – by Robert Wellington
Qing Encounters – by Craig Clunas
A Lacquered Past: The Making of Asian Art in the Americas – by Sylvia Houghteling
Castiglione and China: Marking Anniversaries – by Kristina Kleutghen
A Digitally Usable Period Room – by Anne Higonnet
Ornamenting Louis XIV – by Sarah Grant
Pastel will Travel. Liotard at the Royal Academy – by Francesca Whitlum-Cooper
Ceci n’est pas un portrait: A Curator’s Diary – by Melissa Percival
China in Wonderland – by Michelle Wang
Shock Dog! New Sculpture at the Met – by Paris Amanda Spies-Gans

Issue Editors
Noémie Etienne, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Meredith Martin, NYU and Institute of Fine Arts
Hannah Williams, Queen Mary University of London

Cover image: Detail of Louis-Léopold Boilly, Trompe l’œil, ca. 1804–07. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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