Mark Antliff

Mark Antliff

Professor Emeritus of Art, Art History and Visual Studies


  • Ph.D., Yale University 1990

  • M.A., Queen's University (Canada) 1984

  • B.A., McGill University (Canada) 1981


Mark Antliff received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is author of Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde (Princeton University Press, 1993) and Avant-Garde Fascism: The Mobilization of Myth, Art and Culture in France, 1909-1939 (Duke University Press, 2007 and Les presses du réel, Paris, 2019) as well as co-author of Fascist Visions: Art and Ideology in France and Italy (with Matthew Affron, Princeton University Press,1997), Cubism and Culture (with Patricia Leighten, Thames & Hudson, 2001), and A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism 1906-1914 (with Patricia Leighten, University of Chicago Press, 2008 and Les presses du réel, Paris, 2019). He was co-curator with Vivien Greene of the major exhibition The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918, which opened at the Nasher Museum of Art and traveled to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and Tate Britain in London (ex. cat. London: Tate Publishing, 2010-11). The conference associated with this exhibition resulted in Vorticism: New Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2013). His research and teaching interests focus on art in Europe before 1960, with special attention to cultural politics in all its permutations, as well as the interrelation of art and philosophy. His most recent scholarship, presented in numerous articles and talks, culminates in his forthcoming book, Sculptors Against the State: Anarchism and the Cosmopolitan Avant-Garde (London-Milan-Paris).


19th-20th Century European Art, Theory & Criticism


Sculpture Against the State
My new book project, Sculpture Against the State: Anarchism and the Cosmopolitan Avant-Garde, examines how various forms of anarchism and related notions of aestheticized... read more »
Vorticism: New Perspectives
The London-based avant-garde movement Vorticism, like its continental counterparts Cubism and Futurism and its English rival Bloomsbury was created by artists, poets, writers... read more »

Antliff, Mark. “The Jew As Anti-Artist: Georges Sorel, Antisemitism, and the Aesthetics of Class-Consciousness.” Jewish Dimensions in Modern Visual Culture: Antisemitism, Assimilation, Affirmation, edited by Matthew Baigel et al., Brandeis University Press, 2010, pp. 19–50.

Antliff, M. “Sculptural Nominalism/Anarchist Vortex: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Dora Marsden, Ezra Pound.” The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918, Tate Publishing, 2010, pp. 47–57.

Antliff, M. “Classicism Neither Right nor Left: the Combat Group and the Cultural Politics of French Fascism during the 1930’s.” Academics, Pompiers, Official Artists and the Arrière-Garde: Defining Tradition in France, 1900-1960, edited by Natalie Adamson and Toby Norris, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 2010, pp. 169–89.

Antliff, Mark. “’Their Country’: Henri Gaudier, Anarchism, and Anti-Militarism, 1910-1914.” ‘We the Moderns’: Gaudier Brzeska and His European Contemporaries, edited by Sebastiano Barassi, Kettles Yard Gallery, 2007, pp. 75–87.

Antliff, Mark. “Modernism.” Historical Encyclopedia of World Fascism, Edited by Cyprian Blamires, ABC-Clio Press, 2006.

Antliff, Mark. “Cubism.” Encyclopedia of Europe, 1789-1914, edited by John Merriman and Jay Winter, Macmillan Press, 2006.

Antliff, M. “Bergson.” Encyclopedia of Europe, 1789-1914, edited by John Merriman and Jay Winter, Macmillan Press, 2006.

Antliff, M. “Georges Sorel and the Anti-Enlightenment: Art, Politics, Ideology.” Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914: A Symposium, edited by June Hargrove and Neil McWilliam, Yale University Press, 2005, pp. 307–32.

Antliff, M., and Patricia Leighten. “Primitive.” Critical Terms for Art History, edited by Robert S. Nelson and Richard Shiff, University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Antliff, Mark. “Modernism and Facism: French Fascist Aesthetics Between the Wars.” Re-Thinking Images Between the Wars: New Perspectives in Art History, edited by Oystein Hjort, Museum Tusculantum Press (Copenhagen), 2000, pp. 13–45.


Antliff, M. “Drawing the Vortex.” Tate, Etc., June 2011, pp. 36–41.

Antliff, M. “Mitos de revolución: fascismo de vanguardia en Francia.” Afinidades. Revista De Literatura Y Pensamiento, May 2011, pp. 23–35.

Antliff, M. “Henri Gaudier-Brzeska's guerre sociale: Art, Anarchism and Anti-Militarism in Paris and London, 1910-1915.” Modernism  Modernity, vol. 17, no. 1, Jan. 2010, pp. 135–69. Scopus, doi:10.1353/mod.0.0163. Full Text

Antliff, M. “Sculpture against the State.” Memoria E Ricerca, vol. 33, 2010, pp. 49–62.

Mark Antliff, Mark. “Alvin Langdon Coburn Among the Vorticists: Studio Photographs and Lost Works by Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis and Edward Wadsworth.” Burlington Magazine, vol. CLII, no. 1290, 2010, pp. 580–89.

Antliff, Mark. “Classical violence: Thierry Maulnier, French fascist aesthetics and the 1937 Paris world's fair.” Modernism Modernity, vol. 15, no. 1, Jan. 2008, pp. 45–62. Wos-lite, doi:10.1353/mod.2008.0001. Full Text

Antliff, M., and A. Antliff. “Correspondence: Kenneth Roxroth to Hebert Read and George Woodcock.” Chicago Review: Special Issue on Kenneth Rexroth, Oct. 2006.

Roberts, D. D., et al. “Comments on Roger Griffin, the primacy of culture: The current growth (or manufacture) of consensus within fascist studies.” Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 37, no. 2, Dec. 2002, pp. 259–74. Scopus, doi:10.1177/00220094020370020601. Full Text

Antliff, M. “Fascism, modernism, and modernity.” Art Bulletin, vol. 84, no. 1, Mar. 2002, pp. 148–69. Wos-lite, doi:10.2307/3177257. Full Text


Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Senior Fellow awarded by Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (2013)

Mary Sutton Weeks Fellow awarded by Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University (2012 to 2013)

Gould Fellow awarded by National Humanities Center (2003 to 2004)

Member awarded by Institute for Advanced Study (1999 to 2000)

Fellow awarded by John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1995 to 1996)

Post-Doctoral Fellow awarded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1990 to 1992)

Visiting Fellow awarded by Yale University (1990 to 1992)

Mary Davis Fellow awarded by Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art (1988 to 1990)

Fall 2019

Hst of Impressionism (ARTHIST 298.01)
Smith Wrhs A266, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.01)
Smith Wrhs A101, Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Spring 2019

European Art 1900-1945 (ARTHIST 280.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Spring 2018

Hst of Impressionism (ARTHIST 298.01)
Smith Wrhs A266, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Arthist Methodology and Theory (ARTHIST 395S.01)
Smith Wrhs A285, W 11:45 AM-02:15 PM

Fall 2017

Methodology of Art Hst (ARTHIST 543S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Tu 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Fall 2015

Hst of Impressionism (ARTHIST 298.01)
East Duke 108, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Grant Writing and Prospectus (ARTHIST 723S.01)
Smith Wrhs 271, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Spring 2015

Intro to History of Art (ARTHIST 102D.001)
East Duke 108, WF 10:05 AM-10:55 AM

Fall 2014

European Art 1900-1945 (ARTHIST 280.01)
East Duke 108, MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.01)
East Duke 204A, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Spring 2014

Hst of Impressionism (ARTHIST 298.01)
East Duke 108, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM