Languages of Art Writing

A database of keywords from artists’ statements, manifestos, and art-critical works published in Western Europe since the late 1940s

As Data Fellows, Brigid Doherty (Associate Professor, German and Art and Archaeology) and Sara Green (Ph.D. candidate, Art and Archaeology) will spend their fellowship year building a corpus of texts drawn from artists’ statements, manifestos, and art-critical works written in Western Europe since the late 1940s. They will then index the corpus for “keywords”—for instance, “détournement,” “unconscious,” or “performativity”—that figure prominently in interdisciplinary intellectual discourses that have played an important role in the visual arts of this period. Through this work, Doherty and Green will engage with the relationship between art writing and larger intellectual contexts and think more broadly about how data can be used to illuminate this link. The project will focus on texts related to the historical and thematic frameworks of Doherty and Green’s upcoming course, “Reckoning with History, Responding to the Present: Art in Europe Since 1960,” which they will offer through the Collaborative Teaching Initiative in the Humanities.

CDH Grant History

  • 2021–2022 Data Fellowship