Anna Chave

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Research Interests

  • Contemporary Art and Theory, 20th-Century European and American Art


  • PhD, Yale University, 1982

Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory, 20th-Century European and American Art

Professor Anna C. Chave is professor of Art History at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and has also taught at Harvard and Yale universities. She has published many essays concerned with issues of gender and identity, reception and interpretation, mainly with respect to 20th century art. Her artist subjects have ranged from early Picasso and O'Keeffe, to Pollock and Wilke. She is widely known, besides, for her revisionist readings of Minimalism, including "Minimalism and the Rhetoric of Power" (Arts, January 1990), and for her monographs on Rothko and Brancusi (Yale University Press, 1991 and 1993). For complete publication information and access to selected essays, please visit

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Brancusi’s Masquerade: Social Standing, Self-Image, and Photographic Im/Posture” in Constantin Brancusi: Masterpieces from Romanian Museums, ex. cat. (rev. ed.) (Gagosian Gallery, 2011) - See more at:
  • "The Guerrilla Girls' Reckoning." Art Journal 70, no. 3 (Fall 2011): 102-111.
  • "'Is this good for Vulva?': Female Genitalia in Contemporary Art." Anna C. Chave and Francis Naumann. The Visible Vagina. Ex. Cat. New York: Francis Naumann Gallery, 2010.
  • "Revaluing Minimalism: Patronage, Aura, and Place." Art Bulletin 90 no. 3 (September 2008): 466-86.
  • "Dis/Cover/ing the Quilts of Gee's Bend, Alabama." The Journal of Modern Craft 1 no. 2 (July 2008): 221-54.
  • "Figuring the Origins of the Modern at the Fin de Siecle: The Trope of the Pathetic Male." Making Art History. ed. Elizabeth Mansfield. London: Routledge, 2007.
  • "'Normal Ills': On Embodiment, Victimization, and the Origins of Feminist Art." Trauma and Visuality in Modernity.eds. Eric Rosenberg and Lisa Saltzman. Hanover: University Press of New England, 2006.
  • "Minmalism and Biography." Art Bulletin 82 no. 1 (March 2000): 149-63.