November - December 2010
Fall, 2010 Fellow Mark Ledbury was, until recently, the Associate Director of the Research and Academic Program at the Clark. Before coming to the Clark, he taught at the Universities of Portsmouth and Manchester in the United Kingdom. In Spring 2002, while at Manchester, he was a Clark Fellow. In January 2011 he will take up the position of Power Professor of Art History and Visual Culture and Director of the Power Institute at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on theater-art relationships, on notions of genre, and on the work of Boucher, Greuze and David. He is the author of Sedaine, Greuze and the Boundaries of Genre (Oxford, 2000), and the editor of volumes including David after David (New Haven, 2006) and Rethinking Boucher (Los Angeles, 2004, with Melissa Hyde). His Clark project is to bring to completion a manuscript currently entitled "An eccentric history of history painting,” which focuses on history painting as practice, rather than dogma, and on the genre's always troublesome capaciousness, strangeness and ineffability.