September - June 2001
Michael Leja is Sewell Biggs Professor of Art History at Delaware. His work has concentrated on the history of modernist painting and sculpture, particularly in the United States, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among Leja's publications are Reframing Abstract Expressionism: Subjectivity and Painting in the 1940s, which was awarded the Charles Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art. At the Clark, he continues work on a book-in-progress that develops a new way of understanding American visual arts between 1880 and 1920. He is especially interested in turn-of-the-century cultural anxieties about questions of illusion and the larger cultural economy of deception as it impinges on the reception of canonical artists, such as Eakins and Duchamp, as well as with largely forgotten artists.