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Mark Antliff, Mary Grace Wilson Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Mark AntliffSpecialization:

    20th Century Art
    Theory & Criticism
    Art History

Research Interests:

Robert Mark Antliff received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is author of Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde (1993) and Avant-Garde Fascism: The Mobilization of Myth, Art and Culture in France, 1909-1939 (2007) as well as co-author of Vorticism: New Perspectives (with Scott Klein, 2013) Fascist Visions: Art and Ideology in France and Italy (with Matthew Affron, 1997), Cubism and Culture (with Patricia Leighten, 2001), and A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism 1906-1914 (with Patricia Leighten, 2008). 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.


  • Ph.D. Yale University 1990
  • M.A. Queen's University (Canada) 1984
  • B.A. McGill University (Canada) 1981

Contact Info:

Office Location:  112 East Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Email Address:   antliff@duke.edu
Web Page:  

Typical Courses Taught:

  • Arthist 298, Hst of impressionism
  • Arthist 723s, Grant writing and prospectus
  • Arthist 304, Cubism and culture
  • Arthist 280, European art 1900-1945
  • Arthist 296s, Methodology of art hst
  • Arthist 366, Brit modernism early 20 c
  • Arthist 365, Italian futurism
  • Arthist 367, Cubism/cultural politics
  • Arthist 386, Fascism, art, & ideology

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Antliff, M; Klein, S. Vorticism: New Perspectives. Oxford University Press, (2013).
  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. London and New York: Thames and Hudson, (2001). (French Edition, 2002, Cubisme et culture)
  6. Antliff, M. Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde. Princeton University Press, (1993).
  7. Antliff, M. "Contagious Joy: Jacob Epstein, The Tomb of Oscar Wilde, and Action d’art." Anarchism and the Avant-Garde: Radical Arts and Politics in Perspective. Edited by Kosuch, C.  vol. 4 no. 2 (2019): 195-225. [doi]  [abs]
  8. Antliff, M. "Revolutionary Immanence: Bergson among the Anarchists." Bergson and the Art of Immanence. Edited by Mullarkey, J; Mille, CD.  (2013): 94-111.
  9. Antliff, M. "Shaping duration: Bergson and modern sculpture." The European Legacy  vol. 16 no. 7 (December, 2011): 899-918. [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): 135-169. [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): 580-589.
  12. Antliff, M. "The Jew As Anti-Artist: Georges Sorel, Antisemitism, and the Aesthetics of Class-Consciousness." Jewish Dimensions in Modern Visual Culture: Antisemitism, Assimilation, Affirmation. Edited by Baigel, M; Heyd, M; Washton-Long, RC.  (2010): 19-50.
  13. Antliff, M. "Classical violence: Thierry Maulnier, French fascist aesthetics and the 1937 Paris world's fair." Modernism Modernity  vol. 15 no. 1 (2008): 45-62. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  14. Antliff, M. "Georges Sorel and the Anti-Enlightenment: Art, Politics, Ideology." Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914: A Symposium. Edited by Hargrove, J; McWilliam, N.  (2005): 307-332. (Studies in the History of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington)
  15. Antliff, M; Leighten, P. "Primitive." Critical Terms for Art History. Edited by Nelson, RS; Shiff, R.  (2003).
  16. Antliff, M. "Fascism, modernism, and modernity." Art Bulletin  vol. 84 no. 1 (2002): 148-169. (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." The New Bergson. Edited by Mullarkey, J.  (1999): 184-208.

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