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Michael Fried

Professor Emeritus of the Humanities and Academy Professor, Johns Hopkins University
J. R. Herbert Boone Chair in the Humanities

Modern art, literature, criticism, and theory.  Italian painting in the age of Caravaggio.

The Humanities Center
Gilman 222
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-516-7618
Fax: 410-516-7354


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 painters Caspar David Friedrich and Adolph Menzel, about Charles Baudelaire, Joseph Conrad, and Søren Kierkegaard, about Gustave Flaubert’s novels Madame Bovary and Salammbô, about Bernd and Hilla Becher, Jeff Wall, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Demand, Luc Delahaye, James Welling, and other contemporary “art” photographers, about Caravaggio and the transformation of Italian painting around 1600, and about the contemporary artists Anri Sala, Charles Ray, Joseph Marioni, and Douglas Gordon (among others).  He has long been engaged by prob­lems of modern­ism, abstraction, realism, theatri­cality, objecthood, self-portraiture, embodiedness, and the everyday.  Thinkers who particularly interest him include Diderot, Kierkegaard, Merleau-Ponty, Wittgenstein, and Cavell.  He is cur­rently writing two books, After Cara­vaggio, on var­ious Italian painters working between 1610 and 1630, and Almay­er’s Face: Studies in Literary Impres­sionism, on a number of British and American writers between 1890 and 1914.  A new collec­tion of poems, Promesse du Bonheur, awaits pub­lication.

Curriculum Vitae

Published Books

Flaubert's "Gueuloir": On Madame Bovary and Salammbô

Michael Fried
Yale University Press, 2012

Four Honest Outlaws: Sala, Ray, Marioni, Gordon

Michael Fried
Yale University Press, 2011

The Moment of Caravaggio

Michael Fried
Princeton University Press, 2010

Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before

Michael Fried
Yale University Press, 2008

The Next Bend in the Road (Poems)

Michael Fried

University of Chicago Press, 2004

Menzel's Realism: Art and Embodiment in Nineteenth-Century Berlin

Michael Fried
Yale University Press, 2002

Art and Objecthood: Essays and Reviews

Michael Fried
University of Chicago Press, 1998

Manet's Modernism, or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s

Michael Fried
University of Chicago Press, 1996

To the Center of the Earth

Michael Fried
Noonday Press, 1994

Courbet's Realism

Michael Fried
University of Chicago Press, 1990

Realism, Writing, Disfiguration: On Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane

Michael Fried
University of Chicago Press, 1987

Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot

Michael Fried
University of Chicago Press, 1980

 Powers (poems)

Michael Fried
The Review, 1973

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