David Bindman

David Bindman

Professor Emeritus of Art History, University College London

104 Mount Auburn Street, 3R, Cambridge MA 02138


David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London. He was educated at Oxford, Harvard and the Courtauld Institute, University of London. Professor Bindman has taught and lectured extensively in the US, and has held fellowships at Yale, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Getty Institute, and the Du Bois Institute at Harvard. He is a scholar of eighteenth-century British art, and the author of books on Blake and Hogarth as well as the editor of The History of British Art (Yale University Press, 2008). Over the course of his distinguished career, his interest turned to the representation of non-Europeans in Western art, culminating in the book Ape to Apollo: Aesthetics and the Idea of Race in the Eighteenth Century (Cornell University Press, 2002).

Project Description

The Image of the Black in Western Art: New Directions

My proposal is to bring to completion the next stage of the work I first began as a Fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute in the fall 2006 semester and which was continued in fall 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and spring 2013. Volumes 1, From the Pharoahs to the Fall of Fall of the Roman Empire which first appeared in 1976, vol. II From the Early Christian Era to the “Age of Discovery” which first appeared in 1979, and vol. III.1, the first of the new books, were published by Harvard University Press in fall 2010 with a new preface by myself and Prof. Gates, new introductions, and with colour plates replacing the original monochrome. Vols. III. 2 and III.3 appeared in the fall of 2011, and the reprint of vol. IV From the American Revolution to World War 1 first published in 1989, with a new introduction by myself was published in spring 2012. As I write vol. 5 part 1, on the 20th century, is at the Press and is due for publication in Feb. 2014. I am in the final stages of working on vol.5 part 2, the Rise of Black Artists, which is due for publication in fall 2014.

The next volume, a companion volume to the series, entitled The Image of the Black in Africa and Asia, I expect to be able to hand in to the Press by the end of the spring semester 2014. This due for publication in 2015 and I expect to have much work to do in fall 2014 on the final stages of production. I will work on the proof stage of the project, and deal with the very complicated process, in conjunction with the editorial team at the Press, of reconciling the images and their captions with the text.

McMillan-Stewart Fellow


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