College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

A cutting from the lower border of a manuscript (Johann Plaecsaert, artist)

Andrei Molotiu

Senior Lecturer, Department of Art History

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Office hours: by appointment


PhD, New York University, 1999
MA, New York University, 1992
AB, Harvard University, 1988

Research Interests

  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, critical theory and the philosophy of art, and the history of comics

Selected Publications

Abstract Comics: The Anthology
  • Abstract Comics: The Anthology, Fantagraphics Books, 2009
  • Fragonard's Allegories of Love, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007

Selected curatorial work:

  • co-curator, Consuming Passion: Fragonards's Allegories of Love, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and Clark Art Museum, Williamstown, MA , 2007-2008
  • co-curator Silent Pictures, James Art Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, 2009

Personal Statement

His publications include "Fragonard's Allegories of Art" (J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), a book that grew out of his doctoral dissertation, and that accompanied the exhibition "Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love" (at the Getty and the Clark Museum of Art, in Williamstown, Mass), which he co-curated; and "Abstract Comics: "The Anthology" (Fantagraphics Books, 2009). He is currently writing a book on the early years of the "Spider-Man" comic book, under contract with Rutgers University Press. His longer-term projects involve studies of the capriccio tradition in art, and of theories of viewer reception. He teaches courses on all these subjects, on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art, and on the history of the nude.

Department of Art History
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1229 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9390
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