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Sam Rose


Sam Rose
Postal address:
School of Art History
79 North Street
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 46

Research overview

Sam Rose’s work focuses on modern art (especially in Britain), while also engaging art theory and aesthetics, contemporary art, and the history of art writing. His first book, Art as Form (Penn State), is about the connection between form and modernist aesthetics, moving from the critic Roger Fry through issues such as art historical description and objectivity, constructions of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, design theory’s struggles with mass culture, socially engaged art writing, and the idea of ‘global modernism’. A second project examines theories of description and perception in relation to some aspects of the rise and legacies of modern art – at the moment post-impressionism in global perspective, postmodern revisions of modernism, modern art and religion, painting and complexity, and object-based thinking. Other current activities include co-organization of a conference at St Andrews on Provincialism and Transnationalism in American Art, 1940-1980 (with Catherine Spencer and Alistair Rider), as well as panels on ‘Autonomy and the 1960s’ (with Vid Simoniti) and ‘Contemporary Art Histories’ (with Emalee Beddoes) for CAA 2018 and AAH 2018.

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