Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History Emeritus and Professor of American Studies Emeritus
I continue to pursue my interest in the social history of U. S. art and art institutions. I recently completed an essay on “Eastman Johnson’s Jews,” for the online Eastman Johnson catalogue raisonné; a short study of Philip Evergood for a collection entitled Unforgettable: 65 American Artists Rediscovered which is forthcoming from U CA press in 2023; and a longer essay entitled “Patronage: The Hudson River School,” for the Routledge Companion to Marxist Art History. I’m currently putting together a collection of 25 of my essays dating from 1977 to 2023 for “Trouble in Paradise” and other Essays on the Social History of United States Art for Historical Materialism’s book series. Brill will publish the book in hardcover in 2023-2024, and it will appear in paperback with Haymarket Books 2024-2025. My long-term project is a study of the relationship between the growth of capitalism in the United States in the period 1820-1880 and the Hudson River School.