Richard Neer

Biography

Richard Neer works at the intersection of aesthetics, archaeology and the history of art in multiple fields: Classical Greek sculpture, early modern French painting, stylistics, and mid-20th century cinema. His Ph.D. is from the University of California at Berkeley (History of Art, 1998), his A.B. from Harvard College (Fine Arts, 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. From 2010 to 2018 he was the Executive Editor of Critical Inquirywhere he continues to serve as co-editor. In Spring 2019 he will be a Senior Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. From Summer 2019 he will be Director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

His most recent volumes are The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture (University of Chicago Press, 2010), named a “Best Book” of 2010 in ArtforumArt and Archaeology of the Greek World: A New History, 2500–100 BCE (Thames & Hudson, 2012; second, expanded edition, 2018); and Davidson and His Interlocutors, co-edited with Daniele Lorenzini (special issue of Critical Inquiry, Winter 2019). Two books are forthcoming in 2019: Pindar, Song, and Space: Towards a Lyric Archaeology, co-authored with Leslie Kurke of UC Berkeley (Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019), and an edited volume, Conditions of Visibility (Oxford University Press).

Publications

Kunst und Archäologie der griechischen Welt: Von den Anfängen bis zum Hellenismus

Philipp von Zabern
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2013

The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture

University of Chicago Press
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2013

Art & Archaeology of the Greek World: A New History, c. 2500 - c. 150 BCE

Thames and Hudson
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2012

Style and Politics in Athenian Vase Painting: The Craft of Democracy, ca. 530-460 B.C.E.

Cambridge University Press
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2002

“Amber, Oil and Fire: Greek Sculpture beyond Bodies,” Art History (2018)

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“Ornament, Incipience and Narrative: Geometric to Classical,”  in Ornament and Figure in Graeco-Roman Art: Rethinking Visual Ontologies in Classical Antiquity, edited by Michael Squire and Nikolaus Dietrich (Berlin: De Gruyter 2018)

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“Was the Knidia a Statue? Art History and the Terms of Comparison,” in Comparativism in Art History, ed. J. Elsner (New York: Routledge 2017)

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“Before Realism,” Art in America (January, 2017)

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

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“Pitiless Bronze,” Art in America (December, 2015)

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

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

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“Classical Sculpture,” in The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd edition, edited by Michael Kelly (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2014)

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“Cosmos and Discipline,” in Heaven on Earth: Temples, Ritual, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World, edited by Deena Ragavan (Chicago: Oriental Institute 2013)

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Exhibitions

"Graphikē: Writing/Drawing in the Ancient World,” (with Glenn Most) Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, 2006

Profiles

Potters Wheel
Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
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Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
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Lisa Zaher
Lisa Zaher
Modern and Contemporary Art
2013-14
University of Chicago
Conservation Research Fellow