Editor's note.


Beginning with the present issue, The Art Bulletin launches a new series, "Interventions." What defines the series is partly its format: at the outset, a lead essay of broad historical, historiographical, and methodological interest; the lead essay is designed to raise for discussion key issues of interpretation for a given field or subfield, typically but not necessarily centered on a specific historical problem or nexus of concerns. This lead essay constitutes only one part, the opening act, in the "Interventions" sequence. Each lead essay will be followed by three, four, or even five responses, drawn from across the methodological spectrum and offering commentary, contest, and perhaps even rebuttal. Finally, "Interventions" concludes with a reaction to the responses by the author(s) of the lead essay--all contained within the pages of a single issue. Just this format, I...

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