July - August 2004
Anselm Wagner is an art historian and art critic who currently serves as lecturer at the University of Vienna and the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Romanesque and Medieval architecture and wall painting, but also on contemporary video art and body art and museum architecture. His publications elaborate his interests in art and politics, the history of institutions, and the techniques of visuality. As a Clark Fellow, Wagner will pursue a project entitled Purity and Dirt: Aesthetic Categories in the Civilization Process from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century investigating the significance of hygiene in the development of modern art and architecture, as well as the function of "dirt" from the body art of the sixties and seventies to the "abject art" of the eighties and nineties.