Richard Neer

Richard Neer

William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, and the College
259 Cochrane-Woods Art Center

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Richard Neer is William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, Cinema & Media Studies and the College, and the Executive Editor of Critical Inquiry. He works at the intersection of aesthetics, archaeology and history, with particular emphasis on the role of phenomenology and theories of style in multiple fields: Classical Greek sculpture, neo-Classical French painting, and mid-20th century cinema.  His Ph.D. is from the University of California at Berkeley (1998), his A.B. from Harvard College (1991). He has received fellowships and awards from the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the J. Paul Getty Trust and the American Academy in Rome. His most recent books are The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Art and Archaeology of the Greek World: A New History, 2500–100 BCE (Thames & Hudson, 2012). Current research topics include: ancient concepts of wonder and grace, the theory and history of connoisseurship, and questions of evidence, criteria and judgment in some films by Malick, Mizoguchi and others.  He is currently co-authoring a book with Leslie Kurke of UC Berkeley on the Greek poet Pindar and the role of poetry in ancient conceptions of landscape, architecture and the built environment.  


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Recent Publications

“Tumbling into Time.” In Charles Ray Sculpture 1997–2014, edited by James Rondeau (Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago and Basel: Kunstmuseum 2014), pp. 57–75.

“Pindar Fr. 75 SM and the Politics of Athenian Space,” Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 54 (2014) 527–79. Co-authored with Leslie Kurke.

“Pitiless Bronze,” Art in America December, 2015.

“Before Realism,” Art in America January, 2017.

“Bourdon, Bosse and the Rules of Art.” In Classicisms, edited by Larry Norman and Anne Leonard (Chicago: University of Chicago Press/Smart Museum 2017).