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Alan Wallach

Ralph H. Wark Professor of Art and Art History Emeritus and Professor of American Studies Emeritus

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I recently completed work on Trouble in Paradise: Twenty-Four Essays on the Social History of American Art for Brill/Historical Materialism. The book, which Historical Materialism commissioned, consists of 19 previously published essays and five unpublished essays dating from 1977 to 2022. Trouble in Paradise is slated to appear in hardcover and ebook in 2024 and as a paperback from Haymarket Books in 2025.

Last February I chaired a session at the College Art Association’s annual meeting titled “Capitalism and the History of United States Art.” The session drew an overflow audience which heard five papers on topics ranging from capitalism and the carceral landscape to Norman Lewis’ critique of capitalism in his materialist abstractions.