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George C. and Helen N. Pardee Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of California, Berkeley

Citigroup Fellow - Class of Fall 2003

T. J. Clark was born in Bristol, England in 1943, took a BA in Modern History at Cambridge, and a PhD in Art History at the Courtauld Institute, University of London. Clark has taught at various places in England and the USA, and, since 1988, at the University of California, Berkeley, where, until his retirement in spring 2010, he was the George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair.


Clark is the author of a series of books on the social character and formal dynamics of modern art, including The Absolute Bourgeois: Artists and Politics in France 1848-1851 (1973), Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution (1973), The Painting of Modern Life: Paris in the Art of Manet and his Followers (1984), and Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism (1999). In Spring 2005 Verso published a polemical analysis of the present crisis in world politics, written by him jointly with Iain Boal, Joseph Matthews, and Michael Watts (a.k.a. “Retort”), entitled Afflicted Powers: Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War. Clark is also the author of The Sight of Death: An Experiment in Art Writing (Yale University Press, 2006), a study of two landscape paintings by Nicolas Poussin and a reflection on the nature of looking repeatedly over time. He Mellon Lectures on Fine Art, delivered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in spring 2009, were turned into a book, entitled Picasso and Truth: From Cubism to Guernica.

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