Katherine M. Kuenzli’s research focuses on European art 1880-1940, and more specifically on questions of modernism studied from a broad cultural and political perspective. Her topics of research include art and politics; constructions of the Total Work of Art; interrelationships between painting, architecture, and design; boundaries between public and private spheres; formulations of national versus international cultures; museums, their history and public; colonial encounters and relationships between modernist art and the “primitive”; and modernist art pedagogies. In addition to her book, The Nabis and Intimate Modernism: Painting and the Decorative at the Fin de Siècle (Ashgate, 2010), she has published articles in The Art Bulletin, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Art History, and Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, as well as essays in edited volumes and an exhibition catalogue. She is currently at work on a monograph entitled “Henry van de Velde: Designing Modernism” and is co-editing a critical edition and translation with Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Michael André, Henry van de Velde: Selected Essays, 1889-1914. Together, these projects recover van de Velde’s important role in Neo-Impressionist painting and the German Werkbund, and they demonstrate how ideas of internationalism and the total work of art lie at the heart of modern approaches to museum display, art education, and industrial design. Kuenzli teaches courses in modern European art from the French Revolution through World War II. Some of her recent courses include surveys of nineteenth-century modernism and the twentieth-century avant-garde, a freshman seminar on Vincent Van Gogh and the myth of genius, and an upper-division seminar on modernism and the total work of art. Her work has been supported by Fulbright, Chateaubriand, Dedalus, DAAD, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Getty Library, Canadian Centre for Architecture, and ACLS grants.
The Nabis and Intimate Modernism: Painting and the Decorative at the Fin de Siècle (Ashgate, 2010)(332 pages). (http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754667773)
ARTICLES AND ESSAYS
“Educating the Gesamtkunstwerk: Henry van de Velde and Art School Reform in Germany, 1900-1914,” in The Life and Death of the Total Work of Art, eds. Carsten Ruhl, Chris Dähne, Rixt Hoekstra (Berlin: Jovis, 2015), 24-40.
“Expanding the Boundaries of Modern Art: The Blue Rider, Parisian Modernism, and Henri Rousseau,” in Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky (Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Montreal Museum of Art: 2014), 250-61.
“The Birth of the Modernist Art Museum: The Folkwang as Gesamtkunstwerk,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (December 2013): 503-29.
“Architecture, Individualism, and Nation: Henry van de Velde’s 1914 Werkbund Theater Building,” The Art Bulletin 94, no. 2 (June 2012): 251-73.
“Intimate Modernism: The Nabis, Symbolist Theater, and the Gesamtkunstwerk,” in Art, History and the Senses, eds Patrizia di Bello and Gabriel Koureas (Ashgate 2010), pages 67-82. Click on link
“Aesthetics and Cultural Politics in the Age of Dreyfus: Maurice Denis’s Homage to Cézanne,” Art History, vol. 30, no. 5 (November 2007), 683-711.
“Painting and Memory in the Career of Edouard Vuillard,” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, vol. 3, no. 1 (Spring 2004), 7822 words, http://www.19thc-artworldwide.org.
Book Review Essay of Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman eds, Bauhaus 1919-1933 (Museum of Modern Art, 2009), 344pp.; Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin/Museum f|r Gestaltung, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, and Klassk Stiftung Weimar, Bauhaus: A Conceptual Model (Hatje Cantz, 2009), 376 pp.; Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Ute Ackermann and Ulrike Bestgen eds, Das Bauhaus Kommt aus Weimar (Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2009), 380 pp. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, June 2011.
Book Review of Henri Dorra, The Symbolism of Paul Gauguin: Erotica, Exotica, and the Great Dilemmas of Humanity (University of California Press, 2007), 361pp. (1673 words), caa.reviews, January 2010.