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Jonathan  Fineberg

Jonathan Fineberg

University of the Arts


Jonathan Fineberg is University Professor and founding Director of The Ph.D. in Creativity at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is the author of Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being the most widely read survey of postwar art and co-creator of Imagining America: Icons of 20th Century American Art, the award winning PBS television documentary of 2005. He is the author of some 30 books and catalogs on modern art, including: Zhang Xiaogang: Disquieting Memories (Phaidon, 2015), A Troublesome Subject: The Art of Robert Arneson (University of California Press, 2013), Christo and Jeanne-Claude: On the Way to the Gates (Yale & Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY); The Innocent Eye: Children's Art and the Modern Artist (Princeton); When We Were Young: New Perspectives on the Art of the Child (University of California Press and The Phillips Collection, Washington DC); and most recently a book on neuroaesthetics: Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain (University of Nebraska Press, 2015). He is also the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Art History Emeritus at the University of Illinois and a Trustee Emeritus of The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., where he was founding Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art. He earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, an M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and he studied psychoanalysis at the Boston and Western New England Psychoanalytic Institutes. He has curated more than a dozen museum exhibitions, taught previously at Yale and at Illinois, and as a visitor at Harvard, Columbia, University of California, and elsewhere. His awards include the Pulitzer Fellowship in Critical Writing, the NEA Art Critic's Fellowship, fellowships from the Dedalus Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the ACLS, the American Philosophical Society, and he received the College Art Association’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in the History of Art.

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