Benjamin H. D. Buchloh
Daimler Fellow - Class of Fall 2009
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art, Harvard University
Benjamin Buchloh has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art at Harvard University since 2006. He is internationally recognized today as one of the most important scholars of post-1945 art. An expert in the largely isolated artistic cultures of American and European modernism, Buchloh’s work has broadened the canonical history of modern art beyond an American perspective. He was awarded the Golden Lion Award for Contemporary Art History and Criticism at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and is the recipient of numerous other grants, including Getty, CASVA, and Lehman Foundation fellowships. He is also an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. At the Academy, Buchloh will be working on a monograph of Gerhard Richter, an artist whose body of work arguably ranks among the most complex produced since the 1960s and whose worldwide reputation derives in part from Buchloh's writings over the past 20 years. Richter’s work is uniquely tied both to the totalitarianism of the Third Reich and the German Democratic Republic, as well as to the capitalism of post-war Germany. Buchloh’s monograph aims at presenting the long-awaited integrated view of the intertwinement of Richter’s representational work that engaged with the ‘memory crisis’ of Postwar Germany, and the universal presence of abstraction in his oeuvre, which necessitates a detailed formal analysis and is largely the source of its international appeal.