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Art historian Richard Shiff’s 2008 book Doubt (Routledge) considers the tensions that arise between practicing art and practicing criticism, which he identifies as the difference between intuition and reason. He cites uncertainty not as a retreat to relativism, but as a critical tool for thinking clearly about art and art history. Criticism is enhanced when it borrows some of art’s intuitive doubt.
In this talk, he expands his argument to consider the work in Between the Ticks of the Watch.
Richard Shiff is Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at The University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Center for the Study of Modernism. His scholarly interests range broadly across the field of modern and contemporary art. His publications include Cézanne and the End of Impressionism (1984), Critical Terms for Art History (co edited, 1996, 2003), Barnett Newman: A Catalogue Raisonné (co authored, 2004), Doubt (2008), Between Sense and de Kooning (2011), and Ellsworth Kelly: New York Drawings 1954-1962 (2014).