Professor, J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities
(secondary appointment: Department of the History of Art)
Modern art and literature, cirtical theory, modern poetry
The Humanities Center
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Michael Fried is a poet, art historian, art critic, and literary critic. He has written extensively about abstract painting and sculpture since World War II, about French painting and art criticism from the mid-eighteenth century to the advent of Edouard Manet and his generation (and beyond), about Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane, about the great nineteenth-century German painter-draftsman Adolf Menzel, about Charles Baudelaire, Joseph Conrad, Gustave Caillebotte, and Roger Fry, about Bernd and Hilla Becher, Jeff Wall, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Demand, and other contemporary "art" photographers, about Caravaggio and the transformation of Italian painting ca. 1600, and (most recently) about the contemporary artists Anri Sala, Charles Ray, Joseph Marioni, and Douglas Gordon. He is currently embarked on a short book on "Madame Bovary," to be called Flaubert's Gueuloir. He has long been engaged by questions of modernism, realism, theatricality, objecthood, self-portraiture, embodiedness, and the everyday. Also by the singular status of Manet's "Déjeuner sur l'herbe." Thinkers who particularly interest him include Diderot, Kierkegaard, Merleau-Ponty, and Wittgenstein. If he were forced to choose a single book to read and reread on a desert island it would probably be Kleist's stories (he would petition to be allowed to also take with him the same author's play "The Prince of Homburg"). Among his closest intellectual friends are artists and philosophers. He is proudest of all of being the father of his daughter Anna. He is convinced that there is nothing harder to do than to write a successful poem.
Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before
The Next Bend in the Road (Poems)
Menzel's Realism: Art and Embodiment in Nineteenth-Century Berlin
|Art and Objecthood: Essays and Reviews|
University of Chicago Press, 1998
Manet's Modernism, or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s
|To the Center of the Earth|
Noonday Press, 1994
|Realism, Writing, Disfiguration: On Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane|
University of Chicago Press, 1987
Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot
The Review, 1973
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