• Bryan Wolf's Overview
        • Name:
          Bryan Wolf
        • Title:
          Jeanette and William Hayden Jones Professor in American Art and Culture
        • Department:
          Art and Art History, and by courtesy, English Department
        • Additional Appointments:
          American Studies Program
        • Department Member:
          Yes
        • Areas of Specialization:
          Art of the United States, art and literature, history of "modernity," race and ethnicity, American Studies
        • Email:
          bwolf@stanford.edu
        • Primary Phone:
          650-723-4964
        • Office Number (physical):
          113 Cummings Art Bldg.
        • Office Hours:
          Tuesday 2-4
        • Research Areas:

          Bryan Wolf is writing a book titled, tentatively, “Hidden Histories,” about three modern artists who grapple with the past in unexpected ways: Philip Guston with the Holocaust; Martin Puryear with the Civil Rights movement; and South African artist William Kentridge with apartheid.  Each artist produces a body of work that confronts—and reimagines—the past, but each also works in his art to mask the past that shadows his art.  The book explores the ways in which these artists address the world of history and politics outside the language of history and politics.  It focuses on the gap between history as it is lived and history as it is represented.  The book will accompany an exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, scheduled tentatively for spring, 2016.  

           
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Boy Sharpening a Quill

1699-1779

Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin

Photo credit: Scala / Art Resources, NY

Favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2007

Robert Dawson

Mirror Mirror

1990

16mm film

Jan Krawitz

Nesting Nautilus

2006

Laser-cut plywood

John Edmark