Migrating Art History

Tania Ørum
  • Konsthistorisk tidskrift/Journal of Art History, March 2012, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/00233609.2012.659207

On the emergence of global art history

What is it about?

This is a review of Hiroko Ikegami's book The Great Migrator. Robert Rauschenberg and the Global Rise of American Art.

Why is it important?

Ikegami's closely researched book is a very important example of the emergence of world art history. I argue that the official institutional cross-atlantic collaboration should ideally be supplemented by the self-organised gobal networks of the avant-garde movements.


Prof. Emerita Tania Orum
University of Copenhagen

Ikegami’s cross-cultural research serves not only to decentre the dominant vertical art historical discourse, but also to counteract the widespread tendency toward self-marginalisation in for instance the Nordic countries where art historians often tend to automatically assume that new movements originated in the centres and were subsequently copied in »marginal« countries like Sweden or Denmark.

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