James Elkins

Art History, Theory and Criticism
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Page: http://www.jameselkins.com

Fields of interest: 

history of art

visual culture / visual studies

history of science

vision and visuality

art theory

international contemporary art

international modernisms

Chinese art

art criticism

history of photography

landscape theories

history and theories of the university

representations of the body


Selected publications:

Six Stories from the End of Representation. Images in Painting, Photography, Astronomy, Microscopy, Particle Physics, and Quantum Mechanics,
1980-2000, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008.

Master Narratives and Their Discontents,
New York: Routledge, 2005.

Pictures and Tears: A History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings,
New York: Routledge, 2004.

What Happened to Art Criticism?,
Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2003.

Visual Studies: A skeptical Introduction,
New York: Routledge, 2003.

Stories of Art,
New York: Routledge, 2002.

How to Use our Eyes,
New York: Routledge, 2000.

What painting is: how to think about oil painting, using the language of alchemy,
New York: Routledge, 1999.

On Pictures and the Words that Fail Them,
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Our Beautiful, Dry and Distant Texts: Art History as Writing,
1st ed. Pennsylvania State University Press 1997.

The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing,
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1997.

The poetics of perspective, 1st ed.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.