Research

"All About Process" in the Arts

USM Associate Professor of Art History and current Research Council member Kim Grant is currently writing a book All About Process which studies the significance of process in 19th and 20th century art, theory, and criticism. 

In recent decades, process has become a dominant concept in discussions of art as attention has shifted away from the material artwork as final product to focus on the artist’s activity and the experience of art.  It corresponds to the spread of industrialization and the associated changes in people’s lives and work.  This is evident in a broad spectrum of artistic activities, from art as therapy and amateur pastime, to happenings and installation art that promotes the viewer’s experiential processes, as well as in many contemporary artists’ direct engagement with social, political and environmental processes in their work.