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Mark Antliff, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Art & Art History

Mark Antliff
Contact Info:
Office Location:  112 East Duke Building
Office Phone:  (919) 684-5286
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.Yale University1990
M.A.Queen's University (Canada)1984
B.A.McGill University (Canada)1981

20th Century Art
Theory & Criticism
Art History
Research Interests:

Mark Antliff received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is author of Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde as well as co-author of Fascist Visions: Art and Ideology in France and Italy (with Matthew Affron) and Cubism and Culture (with Patricia Leighten). His research and teaching interests focus on art in Europe before 1945, with special attention to cultural politics in all its permutations, as well as the interrelation of art and philosophy.


Europe • France • Italy • Art History • Bergson • Cubism • Philosophy

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Mimi Luse  
  • Laura Moure Cecchini  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Antliff, M; Klein, S, Vorticism: New Perspectives (2013), Oxford University Press
  2. Antliff, M; Greene, V, The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918. (2010)
  3. Mark Antliff and Patricia Leighten, A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism 1906-1914, University of Chicago Press (2008)  [abs]
  4. Avant-Garde Fascism: The Mobilization of Myth, Art and Culture in France, 1909-1939, Duke University Press (2007)
  5. Antliff, M; Leighten, P, Cubism and Culture (2001), London and New York: Thames and Hudson (French Edition, 2002, Cubisme et culture.)
  6. Antliff, M, Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde (1993), Princeton University Press
  7. Antliff, M, Contagious Joy: Jacob Epstein, The Tomb of Oscar Wilde, and Action d’art, in Anarchism and the Avant-Garde: Radical Arts and Politics in Perspective, edited by Kosuch, C, vol. 4 no. 2 (2019), pp. 195-225, Brill, ISSN 1947-6574 [doi]  [abs]
  8. Antliff, M, Revolutionary Immanence: Bergson among the Anarchists, in Bergson and the Art of Immanence, edited by Mullarkey, J; Mille, CD (2013), pp. 94-111, Edinburgh University Press
  9. Antliff, M, Shaping duration: Bergson and modern sculpture, The European Legacy, vol. 16 no. 7 (December, 2011), pp. 899-918, Informa UK Limited, ISSN 1084-8770 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  10. Antliff, M, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska's guerre sociale: Art, Anarchism and Anti-Militarism in Paris and London, 1910-1915, Modernism Modernity, vol. 17 no. 1 (January, 2010), pp. 135-169, ISSN 1071-6068 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  11. Mark Antliff,, Alvin Langdon Coburn Among the Vorticists: Studio Photographs and Lost Works by Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis and Edward Wadsworth, Burlington Magazine, vol. CLII no. 1290 (2010), pp. 580-589
  12. Antliff, M, The Jew As Anti-Artist: Georges Sorel, Antisemitism, and the Aesthetics of Class-Consciousness, in Jewish Dimensions in Modern Visual Culture: Antisemitism, Assimilation, Affirmation, edited by Baigel, M; Heyd, M; Washton-Long, RC (2010), pp. 19-50, Brandeis University Press
  13. Antliff, M, Classical violence: Thierry Maulnier, French fascist aesthetics and the 1937 Paris world's fair, Modernism Modernity, vol. 15 no. 1 (2008), pp. 45-62, Johns Hopkins University Press, ISSN 1071-6068 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  14. Antliff, M, Georges Sorel and the Anti-Enlightenment: Art, Politics, Ideology, in Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914: A Symposium, edited by Hargrove, J; McWilliam, N (2005), pp. 307-332, Yale University Press (Studies in the History of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington.)
  15. Antliff, M; Leighten, P, Primitive, in Critical Terms for Art History, edited by Nelson, RS; Shiff, R (2003), University of Chicago Press
  16. Antliff, M, Fascism, modernism, and modernity, Art Bulletin, vol. 84 no. 1 (2002), pp. 148-169, JSTOR, ISSN 0004-3079 (reprinted in Critical Concepts in Political Science: Fascism, eds. Matthew Feldman and Roger Griffin, Routledge (2003).) [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  17. Antliff, M, The Rhythms of Duration: Bergson and the Art of Matisse, in The New Bergson, edited by Mullarkey, J (1999), pp. 184-208, Manchester: Manchester University Press
Selected Invited Lectures

  1. Bergsonian Vitalism: Class, Soviet or Nation State?, December 12, 2013, Conference, Relating Ideologies: The migration of ideas between different political thought systems, University of Virginia    
  2. Henri Bergson and Cubism: Subjectivity and the Road to Abstraction, November 28, 2013, Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal    
  3. Henri Bergson and the European Avant-Garde: Art, Politics and Communitas, June 15, 2013, Institutions, Markets, Technologies (IMT): Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy    
  4. Keynote Lecture: Bergson and Modern Sculpture, January 30, 2013, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, England    
  5. From Bergson to Byzantium: The Case of Henri Matisse, April 22, 2012, Yale University    
  6. Gaudier-Brzeska and Contemporary Politics, 2011, Tate Britain, London England    
  7. Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Vorticism and Anti-Colonial Discourse in London, 2011, College Art Association, New York    
  8. The Life and Art of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 2011, Università Ca’Foscari, Venice, Italy    
  9. Sculpture Against the State: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Dora Marsden, Ezra Pound, 2010/03/03    
  10. "Fascism, Modernism and the Cult of Youth", May 2008, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada    
  11. "Aestheticized Violence: The Vorticism of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska", 24 April 2008, National Humanities Center    
  12. “War Against War: Anti-Militarism, Anarchism, and the Vorticist Aesthetic of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska”, 2007, Keynote, 4th Annual Conference of the Nordic Network for Avant-Garde Studies, University of Iceland, Reykavik, Iceland    
  13. "French Machine Aesthetics and the Fascist Cult of Youth", 2006, University of Alberta, 3 October 2001; University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 3 October 2002; University of Georgia, 1 October 2004; Venice International University, Italy, 29 May 2006    
  14. "A Fascist Youth Aesthetic: Germaine Krull, Montage, and the Cultural Politics of Philippe Lamour", 15 November 1999, The Courtauld Institute, London