John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought and the College
Andrei Pop’s new work concerns pictures as logical objects, bridging fantasy and fiction to scientific hypothesis-making and everyday activities such as describing and giving directions. The goal is to defend a politically engaged social history of art by emphasizing the truth-potential in representations and, more generally, to make an art-historical case for Platonism, that is, the mind-independent existence of concepts, to which pictures give us vivid and down-to-earth access. Questions of how pictures deal with the imperceptible (like action, character, number) involve us in turn with questions about what role art plays in human life, both the good and the bad. Past and current interests springing from this include cartoons, comics and caricatures, popular music, and beauty and ugliness in and beyond art.
Pop is the author of Antiquity, Theatre, and the Painting of Henry Fuseli (Oxford University Press, 2015). He has co-translated Karl Rosenkranz’s 1853 Aesthetics of Ugliness (Bloomsbury, 2015).
He received a BA from Stanford University, where he won the Albert Elsen Prize in Art History. He holds a PhD from Harvard University. Pop was a Kress Predoctoral Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.