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Special Collection

Art & Politics

Collection launched: 30 Sep 2016
This special issue brings together research from art historians to discuss the intertwining of “Politics and the Arts”. It presents case studies that investigate the relationship between artworks and politics in the period between 1850 and 1914. The issue develops new ways of thinking about artworks as objects that function in networks of intention, interpretation and social relations, networks which include artists, commissioners, critics and audiences. It thus attempts to step beyond the common practice of interpreting artworks in ways that inscribe them with political significance and to broaden debates about politics and art in ways that take into account the various complexities and contradictions that underlie the topic.