Mark Antliff

Mark Antliff

Anne Murnick Cogan Professor of Art and Art History

External address: 
Bay 9, Smith Warehouse, Room A288, Duke University, Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708-0764
(919) 684-5286


Mark Antliff received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is author of Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde (1993) and Avant-Garde Fascism: The Mobilization of Myth, Art and Culture in France, 1909-1939 (2007) as well as co-author of Fascist Visions: Art and Ideology in France and Italy (with Matthew Affron, 1997), Cubism and Culture (with Patricia Leighten, 2001), and A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism 1906-1914 (with Patricia Leighten, 2008). His research and teaching interests focus on art in Europe before 1945, with special attention to cultural politics in all its permutations, as well as the interrelation of art and philosophy.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1990

  • M.A., Queen's University 1984

  • B.A., McGill University (Canada) 1981

Antliff, M., and P. Leighten. Le cubisme devant ses contemporains – Documents et critiques (1906-1914). Les presses du réel, 2019.

Antliff, M., and Scott Klein. Vorticism: New Perspectives. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Antliff, Mark, and Patricia Leighten. A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism 1906-1914. University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Antliff, M., and P. Leighten. Cubism and Culture. London and New York: Thames and Hudson, 2001.

Antliff, M. Fascist Visions: Art and Ideology in France and Italy. Edited by Matthew Affron and Mark Antliff, Princeton University Press, 1997.

Antliff, M. Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde. Princeton University Press, 1993.

Antliff, M. “Revolutionary Immanence: Bergson among the Anarchists.” Bergson and the Art of Immanence, edited by John Mullarkey and Charlotte de Mille, Edinburgh University Press, 2013, pp. 94–111.

Antliff, M. “Politicizing the New Sculpture.” Vorticism: New Perspectives, edited by Mark Antliff and Scott Klein, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 102–18.

Antliff, Mark. “Introduction: Vorticisms.” Vorticism: New Perspectives, edited by S. Klein and M. Antliff, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 1–11.

Antliff, M. “La sculpture contre l’État. Gaudier Brzeska, Dora Marsden, Ezra Pound.” Artistes et Partis – Esthétique et Politique (1900-1945), edited by Maria Stavrinaki eds and Maddalena Carli, Presses du réel, 2012.

Antliff, M. “Organicism among the Cubists: The Case of Raymond Duchamp-Villon.” Biocentrism and Modernism, edited by O. Botar and Isabelle Wünsche, Ashgate Publishing, 2011, pp. 161–81.

Antliff, M. “Labor, Leisure, and Dissident Socialism: Robert L. Herbert’s Social History of Art.” Histoire Sociale de l’art: Une Anthologie Critique, edited by Philippe Bordes, Les Presses du Réel, 2011.

Antliff, M. “Sculptural Nominalism/Anarchist Vortex: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Dora Marsden, Ezra Pound.” The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918, Tate Publishing, 2010, pp. 47–57.

Antliff, M. “Classicism Neither Right nor Left: the Combat Group and the Cultural Politics of French Fascism during the 1930’s.” Academics, Pompiers, Official Artists and the Arrière-Garde: Defining Tradition in France, 1900-1960, edited by Natalie Adamson and Toby Norris, Cambridge University Press, 2010, 2010, pp. 169–89.

Antliff, M. “The Jew As Anti-Artist: Georges Sorel, Antisemitism, and the Aesthetics of Class-Consciousness.” Jewish Dimensions in Modern Visual Culture: Antisemitism, Assimilation, Affirmation, edited by Matthew Baigel et al., Brandeis University Press, 2010, pp. 19–50.

Antliff, M. “’Their Country’: Henri Gaudier, Anarchism, and Anti-Militarism, 1910-1914.” ‘We the Moderns’: Gaudier Brzeska and His European Contemporaries, edited by Sebastiano Barassi, Kettles Yard Gallery, 2007, pp. 75–87.


Antliff, M. “From Class War to Creative Revolution: Bergson, Communitas and the European Left.” Annales Bergsoniennes, Dec. 2014.

Levebre, Alexandre, et al. “Bergson, Politics and Religion.” Symplokē, 2014.

Antliff, M. “Contagious Joy: Jacob Epstein, The Tomb of Oscar Wilde, and Action d’art.” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, Oct. 2013.

Antliff, M. “Contagious joy: Anarchism, censorship and the reception of Jacob Epstein's Tomb of Oscar Wilde, c. 1913.” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, vol. 4, no. 2, Jan. 2013, pp. 195–225. Scopus, doi:10.5325/jmodeperistud.4.2.0195. Full Text

Antliff, M. “Nasjonens kroppslighet: kubisme og keltisk nasjonalisme.” Paginert Utgave I Teori & Praksis, vol. 1, 2012, pp. 1–19.

Antliff, M. “Bad Anarchism; Aestheticized Mythmaking and the Legacy of Georges Sorel among the European Left.” Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, no. 2, 2012, pp. 155–87.

Antliff, M. “Shaping duration: Bergson and modern sculpture.” European Legacy, vol. 16, no. 7, Dec. 2011, pp. 899–918. Scopus, doi:10.1080/10848770.2011.626194. Full Text

Antliff, M. “Drawing the Vortex.” Tate, Etc., June 2011, pp. 36–41.

Antliff, M. “Mitos de revolución: fascismo de vanguardia en Francia.” Afinidades. Revista De Literatura Y Pensamiento, May 2011, pp. 23–35.


The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918. Creator. (2010)


Co-curated with Vivien Greene, Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York., 2010-2011, Venues included The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University; The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Tate Britain, London (September 2010-September 2011).