CAA News
Nov. 17, 2010

Centennial Campaign Begins
CAA News
CAA's one-hundredth anniversary is the perfect time to think about the organization's future, and you can help with a tax-deductible contribution to the newly launched Centennial Campaign.More

Jonathan Brown Is CAA's 2011 Distinguished Scholar
CAA News
CAA has selected its Distinguished Scholar for 2011: Jonathan Brown of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Edward Sullivan, chair of the session honoring Brown at the upcoming Annual Conference, has written a special article on the achievements of this eminent historian of Spanish and Iberian art.More

Shortlist Announced for CAA's Two Book Awards
CAA News
The juries for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award and the Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award present the finalists for its annual book prizes. Winners will be announced, along with all recipients of the 2011 Awards for Distinction, in December.More

Field Report: October SECAC/MACAA and Arts Education Conferences
CAA News
CAA's Sara Hines reports on the recent annual SECAC/MACAA conference in Richmond, Virginia, and a second meeting on arts education at the School of Visual Arts in New York.More

Saturday Workshop on "Professionalizing and Enhancing Your Art Practice" in Alabama
CAA News
The final National Professional-Development Workshop for Artists in the 2009–10 program takes place on Saturday, November 20, in Birmingham, Alabama. You may register online.More

Free Museum and Gallery Admission for Conference Attendees
CAA News
CAA has partnered with numerous museums and galleries in the greater New York area to provide free admission to registered attendees with their conference badges. The conference website has published a preliminary list of participating institutions and their exhibitions, with more to be added between now and February.More

Reserve Your Conference Hotel Room Now
CAA News
Make your reservation now at one of three conference hotels in midtown Manhattan—the Hilton New York, the Sheraton New York, and the Park Central Hotel—to lock in the special discounted room rates. The Park Central offers the best deal for students.More

Discounts on Airfare and Train Travel
CAA News
Coming to the conference by plane or train? American Airlines gives a 5 percent discount to those traveling to the CAA Annual Conference, and Amtrak offers 10 percent off the lowest available rail fare to New York between February 5 and 16, 2011.More

Exhibit Your Work at ARTexchange
CAA News
The Services to Artists Committee invites artist members to participate in ARTexchange, an open forum for sharing work at the Annual Conference in New York. The committee is accepting artists on a first-come, first-served basis, but only a few tables are left.More

Books Reviews

Sussan Babaie. Isfahan and Its Palaces: Statecraft, Shi'ism, and the Architecture of Conviviality in Early Modern Iran.
Reviewed by Kishwar Rizvi.

Lisa A. Banner. The Religious Patronage of the Duke of Lerma, 1598–1621.
Reviewed by Matthew Knox Averett.

Reed Benhamou. Regulating the Académie: Art, Rules, and Power in "ancien régime" France.
Reviewed by Elizabeth C. Mansfield.

Evelyn Welch. Shopping in the Renaissance: Consumer Cultures in Italy, 1400–1600.
Reviewed by Bernadine Barnes. OPEN CONTENTMore

Exhibition Reviews

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Roni Horn aka Roni Horn.
Reviewed by Holly Markovitz Goldstein. More

Be Creative: Finding a Job in the Arts
New York Foundation for the Arts
Whether you are a recent graduate, suddenly out of work, or looking to make a career transition, it's a tough job market out there and the art world is no exception. The following is a guide of key strategies to land the perfect job.More

Grant-Writing Tips for Graduate Students
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Financial pressures have shifted grant writing to the forefront of skills that graduate students need to survive academic life. Some students receive instant gratification and get a grant the first or second time they apply. Far more common are repeated rejections. Is there a secret to grant-writing success as a graduate student?More

Uncertain First Amendment Rights
Inside Higher Ed
A federal appeals court ruled that it is not clear whether public college faculty members have First Amendment protection for criticisms they make of administrators. Such a finding might be expected to alarm faculty advocates who have argued that the First Amendment clearly provides such protection. But because the ruling responded to a lower court's finding that such protections clearly did not exist, the ruling was viewed by faculty advocates as positive, even if not a full victory.More

Met Is to Repatriate to Egypt Artifacts from King Tut's Tomb
The New York Times
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is voluntarily returning nineteen artifacts to Egypt that had been in its collection for decades and that Met curators recently determined came from Tutankhamen's tomb. The small-scale objects will be on display until January as part of the Tutankhamen exhibition in Times Square. After that, they are to be exhibited at the Met for six months and then sent to Egypt to be shown at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza when it opens in 2012.More

Conceptual Artist's War on Complacency
The Australian
Santiago Sierra is renowned for revealing conceptual projects that focus on inequities in social and economic systems, using workers as performers and participants. He has said he considers his role as an artist is to press on sore spots and create uncomfortable situations for people who want to have fun in galleries. His work can be seen as an attack on capitalism in general and the art world in particular, and has a strong element of the absurd.More

Tax Uncertainty Could Hurt Charitable Giving
USA Today
Uncertainty over future tax rates and the end of a popular tax break for seniors could cause givers to postpone or reduce charitable contributions this year, putting pressure on charities already struggling with a decline in donations. The fourth quarter is traditionally the time of year when many large charities receive the majority of their annual contributions. In part, that's driven by tax considerations: donors who make their contributions by December 31 can claim the deduction when they file their tax return for the year. But political gridlock has turned that strategy upside down, charitable experts say.More

Liberal-Arts Education: The Dialogue Continues
The Wall Street Journal
Liberal-arts students need to be taught to articulate the value of their degree to an employer—and they must also acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to enter the twenty-first-century workplace. Long gone are the old "management training" programs in retail and other fields where liberal-arts students were trained by their employers, and I'm not sure that the typical liberal-arts curriculum has kept up with the changes in the workplace. Unlike most business or other preprofessional programs, too few liberal-arts programs require internships or career-related classes—many never even encourage a discussion of such issues in the classroom.More

Italian Cultural Attractions Go on Strike over Cuts
BBC
Most of Italy's major cultural attractions are closed because of a one-day strike over government plans to cut their funding. Hundreds of museums, art galleries, and heritage sites are affected. The Italian government wants to cut 280 million euros from the culture budget over the next three years as part of an austerity drive.More