German Expressionism – Q&A with Dorothy Price
How would you like someone who has read your book to sum it up in one sentence?
The book explores the origins, histories and legacies of the Blaue Reiter in relation to the significance of abstraction.
What book in your field has inspired you the most?
Too many to list but a couple might include: Keith Moxey The Practice of Persuasion; Griselda Pollock Vision and Difference.
Did your research take you to any unexpected places?
Not necessarily specifically for this book but for my on-going interest in Blaue Reiter and Gabriele Münter in particular, I recently visiting Münter and Kandinsky’s house (which is now a museum) in Murnau.
Which writing process do you use (computer, longhand, dictate, other)?
Longhand for taking research notes and computer for writing.
Why did you choose to publish with MUP?
I really enjoy working with Emma Brennan and the MUP team; the press has integrity and empathy and publishes some really excellent art history books.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on revisions for a new edition of the MUP book first published by Michael Hatt and Charlotte Klonk (eds.) Art History and its Methods. I am also current Editor of Art History journal and we have an exciting line-up of forthcoming issues including some Special Issues on themes around critical race art history which I’m really excited to be publishing. I’m also working on an exhibition related to some of the subjects of the Blaue Reiter book.
If you could go back and give yourself once piece of advice when starting out on this project, what would it be?
Don’t underestimate how it long takes for edited collections to come together!
If you could have been the author of any book, what would it be and why?
That’s too hard a question – there are too many amazing books out there that I’m unable to single one out!
What other genres do you enjoy reading?
Fiction, biography, artists’ diaries, historical novels.
Which authors (academic and not) would you invite to a dinner party?
Arundhati Roy, Michelle Obama, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Claudia Rankine, Tina Campt and probably lots of other brilliant women of colour too.
German Expressionism is available now and you can read a sample chapter here.
Dorothy Price is Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol.
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