Bryan Wolf

Bryan Wolf is a Visiting Professor of American Studies at Yale University and Jones Professor in American Art and Culture, Emeritus, Stanford University. Wolf’s scholarly interests combine Art History, American literature, visual culture, cultural studies, and seventeenth-century Dutch art. His first book, Romantic Re-Vision: Culture and Consciousness in Nineteenth Century American Art and Literature, explored antebellum American art through a post-structuralist and post-Freudian lens. His study of seventeenth-century Dutch painting, Vermeer and the Invention of Seeing, argued for the role of early market culture in the construction of modern ways of seeing. He has co-authored a textbook on American art, American Encounters: Art, History, Culture, and is currently working on a book titled "Hidden Histories," an exploration of the ways that three artists have responded in unconventional and often subversive ways to the historical events that have shaped their worlds: Philip Guston and the Holocaust, Martin Puryear and the Civil Rights Movement, and William Kentridge and South African apartheid.  While at Stanford, Wolf served as the Inaugural Co-Director of the Stanford Arts Initiative, and the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts. 

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