Athenaeum Review

A journal of essays, reviews, and interviews by leading scholars in the arts and humanities.

The Athenaeum Review is a journal published twice a year by the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The mission of Athenaeum Review is to make interesting and important ideas in the humanities freely available to the general educated public and to promote thoughtful, in-depth criticism of the arts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Issues include essays by top scholars, book and exhibition reviews, interviews with scholars and artists, and folios of artwork that together cover a wide range of topics in the humanities.

The Athenaeum Review website features additional content, such as a series of extended illustrated interviews with artists including Lorraine Tady, Angela Kallus, Bryan Florentin, Liz Trosper, and Luke Harnden. The Athenaeum Review podcast features conversations with scholars and artists including recent O’Donnell Institute fellows and guests Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Yve-Alain Bois, Suzanne Preston Blier, Michael Lobel, and Annabel Daou.

Issue 5

The winter 2021 issue of Athenaeum Review is out now at

Among the contents of the new issue are articles on Mark Tobey and Isamu Noguchi by Weiyi Wu, Leonard da Vinci by Mark Rosen, El Greco by Brian Allen, Nishiki Sugawara-Beda by Robert E. Gordon, and lab notebooks by Elizabeth Molacek and Aaron Fond.

Also in the new issue: artwork by taylor barnes, Riley Holloway, Jammie Holmes, Letitia Huckaby, Sedrick Huckaby, Evita Tezeno, and Desireé Vaniecia, the museums of Iceland, Isicathamiya song in Durban, Cordelia’s silence in King Lear, Ozsváth and Turner’s Goethe, voyaging with Darwin, the art of terraforming, English artifacts, democratic disappointment, classicism by decree, living with hate, Max Weber’s vocation, and poetry by Jane Saginaw, Tom Palaima and Nomi Stone.

The winter 2021 issue of Athenaeum Review is dedicated, with the generous support of Karen and Howard Weiner, to the memory of Richard R. Brettell.

Athenaeum Review is published twice yearly by the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History and the School of Arts and Humanities. Featuring essays, reviews and podcasts by leading scholars in the arts and humanities, all issues of the journal may be freely read online, or ordered in print from the UT Dallas Marketplace. For more information, contact [email protected].

The Athenaeum Review is available by subscription or by order of a single issue.

Benjamin Lima, Editor, The Athenaeum Review