Art historian interviewed about Eakins book

June 18, 2009

Alan Braddock

Alan Braddock

Tyler art historian Alan Braddock, an assistant professor who teaches courses in American art and visual culture, is a cover boy. His new book, Thomas Eakins and the Cultures of Modernity (University of California Press), earned him a cover shot and an interview in ROROTOKO’s June 17 issue. According to the folks at UC Press, it’s “the first book to situate Philadelphia’s greatest realist painter in relation to the historical discourse of cultural difference.” Sometimes we forget that the anthropological concepts of “cultures” and “cultural diversity” are relatively new. Eakins (1844-1916) lived in a time of great global migrations, but “cultural diversity” was a construct that didn’t exist yet. “My book,” says Braddock, “is about a historic change that occurred a century ago in the way people view human differences, illustrated through the work and life of a major artist.”

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