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Alexander Nemerov

Alexander Nemerov is the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford, where he has taught since 2012. Prior to that, he spent eleven years in the department of history of art at Yale. Named one of Stanford’s top ten professors by the Daily, Nemerov teaches the popular course, How to Look at Art and Why, as well as other classes on Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer. He has lectured on art in museums and universities around the United States and Europe, and he appears in the 2018 HBO documentary about the contemporary art market, The Price of Everything. From 2015 to 2021 Nemerov served as chair of Stanford’s art and art history department, and in 2017 he gave the 66th annual Andrew W. Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art, becoming the first Mellon lecturer to speak on American art. Nemerov’s most recent book, Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York (Penguin, 2021) has been praised as “thrillingly alive” (Vogue) and as a “collage-like narrative that conjures the glamor and bustle of postwar New York City” (O, The Oprah Magazine).

Positions at Stanford:  
  • Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities, Department of Art and Art History, 2012  
  • Chair, Department of Art and Art History, 2015–21
 
Other positions:  
  • Vincent Scully Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University, 2008–12
  • Chair, Department of Art and Art History, Yale University, 2009–12
  • Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University, 2001–08
 
Publications:   
  • Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York (Penguin 2021)
  • Summoning Pearl Harbor (Zwirner Books, 2017)
  • American Mystic: Ralph Eugene Meatyard (Fraenkel, 2017)
  • Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine (Princeton, 2016)
  • Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov (Fraenkel Gallery, 2015)
  • Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s (Princeton, 2013)
  • To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2011)
  • Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War (University of California Press, 2010)
  • Icons of Grief: Val Lewton’s Home Front Pictures (University of California Press, 2005)
  • The Body of Raphaelle Peale: Still Life and Selfhood, 1812-24 (University of California Press, 2001)
  • Frederic Remington and Turn-of-the-Century America (Yale University Press, 1995)
 
Accolades:  
  • Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence, 2019
 
Academic History:
  • BA, University of Vermont, 1985  
  • PhD, history of art, Yale University, 1992

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