Richard Neer

Biography

Richard Neer 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. He serves as the Executive Editor of Critical Inquiry. His PhD is from the University of California at Berkeley (1998), his AB 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. Publications and downloads are available here.

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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“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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“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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“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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Profiles

Charles Cohen
Charles Cohen
Italian Renaissance and Mannerist Art
CWAC 258
773.702.0619
Wei-Cheng Lin
Wei-Cheng Lin
Chinese Art and Architecture
CWAC 268
773.702.0268
2006-07
Iowa State University
Assistant Professor, East Asian Art and Architecture
Potters Wheel
Richard Neer
Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
CWAC 259
773.702.5890
Andrei Pop
Andrei Pop
Modern Art and Aesthetics
1130 East 59th Street
773.702.8410
Megan Sullivan
Megan Sullivan
Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
CWAC 272
773.702.5126