Friday, February 12, 2010

Art History Charts

I was trolling twitter as usual and found a link to a design blog called SWISSMISS by a woman called Tina Roth Eisenberg. She's genius. This graphic chart made me laugh out loud. It's a bit like the argument made by Griselda Pollock in her book Avant-Garde Gambits, you know, everyone needs their schtick, to use the vernacular (and one of my favorite evocative, poetic languages, Yiddish).

I think it may be second on my list of favorite art history charts, because nothing can top my Idol Alfred H. Barr, jr.'s flowchart -- which I bore students with, endlessly.

The cover of the 1936 Cubism and Abstract Art Catalogue - or The Ten Commandments of Modernism.

(source: The Museum of Modern Art Archives,

And one of the darling little preparatory drawings where Barr is obsessively drawing and erasing and which I love even more because I am thinking about an idea for an article related to my other Idol, Mark Lombardi, and this flow chart reminds me of the latter's drawings.


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