Mark Antliff

Mark Antliff

Anne Murnick Cogan Distinguished 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 (Princeton University Press, 1993) and Avant-Garde Fascism: The Mobilization of Myth, Art and Culture in France, 1909-1939 (Duke University Press, 2007 and Les presses du réel, Paris, 2019) as well as co-author of Fascist Visions: Art and Ideology in France and Italy (with Matthew Affron, Princeton University Press,1997), Cubism and Culture (with Patricia Leighten, Thames & Hudson, 2001), and A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism 1906-1914 (with Patricia Leighten, University of Chicago Press, 2008 and Les presses du réel, Paris, 2019). He was co-curator with Vivien Greene of the major exhibition The Vorticists: Rebel Artists in London and New York, 1914-1918, which opened at the Nasher Museum of Art and traveled to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and Tate Britain in London (ex. cat. London: Tate Publishing, 2010-11). The conference associated with this exhibition resulted in Vorticism: New Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2013). His research and teaching interests focus on art in Europe before 1960, with special attention to cultural politics in all its permutations, as well as the interrelation of art and philosophy. His most recent scholarship, presented in numerous articles and talks, culminates in his forthcoming book, Sculptors Against the State: Anarchism and the Cosmopolitan Avant-Garde (London-Milan-Paris).

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1990

  • M.A., Queen's University (Canada) 1984

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

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Senior Fellow awarded by Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (2013)

Mary Sutton Weeks Fellow awarded by Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University (2012 to 2013)

Gould Fellow awarded by National Humanities Center (2003 to 2004)

Member awarded by Institute for Advanced Study (1999 to 2000)

Fellow awarded by John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1995 to 1996)

Post-Doctoral Fellow awarded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1990 to 1992)

Visiting Fellow awarded by Yale University (1990 to 1992)

Mary Davis Fellow awarded by Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art (1988 to 1990)

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

Antliff, M., and S. 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, Mark, and Patricia Leighten. Cubisme et culture. Translated by C. -. M. Diebold, Thames and Hudson, 2002.

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. “Giorgio Morandi: The art of silence.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies, vol. 11, no. 1, Mar. 2006, pp. 97–99.

Antliff, M. “Modernity and nostalgia: Art and politics between the wars - Golan,R.” Art History, vol. 20, no. 3, Sept. 1997, pp. 505–07.

Antliff, Mark. “Henri Matisse's Portrait of a Standing Riffian: Islam, Byzantium, and 'Aristocratic Barbarism'.” Image, Object, and Text: Canadian Contributions to the Study of Islamic Art and Archaeology, edited by Marcus Milwright and Evanthia Baboula, McGill/Queen’s University Press, 2021.

Antliff, Mark, and Patricia Leighten. “Anarchist Modernism after Signac: Fauvism, Futurism, Cubism.” Paris 1900 and Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants, edited by Mary-Dailey Desmarais et al., Musée des Beaux-Arts, 2020.

Antliff, M. “Contagious Joy: Jacob Epstein, The Tomb of Oscar Wilde, and Action d’art.” Anarchism and the Avant-Garde: Radical Arts and Politics in Perspective, edited by Carolin Kosuch, Brill, 2019.

Antliff, Mark. “Into the Vortex: Ezra Pound, Anarchism, and the Ideological Project of Art Criticism.” The Companion to Ezra Pound and the Visual Arts, edited by Michael Coyle and Roxana Preda, Edinburgh University Press, 2019, pp. 193–213.

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


Antliff, Mark. “Pacifism, Realism and Pathology: Alex Comfort's Neo-Romantic Anti-Fascism.” Modernism/Modernity, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020.

Antliff, Mark. “Pacifism, Realism and Pathology: Alex Comfort's Neo-Romantic Anti-Fascism.” Modernism/Modernity, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020.

Antliff, M. “Bergson, Politics and Religion.” Symplokē, 2014.

Thompson, William Forde, and Mark Antliff. “Bridging two worlds that care about art: psychological and historical approaches to art appreciation.The Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 36, no. 2, Apr. 2013, pp. 159–60. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0140525x1200180x. Full Text

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. “Fascism and Art History: A Paradigm Shift.” Fascism, vol. 1, no. 1, Jan. 2012, pp. 53–54. Scopus, doi:10.1163/221162512X631189. Full Text

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