Perhaps the most frustrating thing about being an art historian is being asked, “Who is your favorite artist?” or “What is your favorite kind of art?” These questions are always difficult for me to answer honestly in less than few sentences. Perhaps because I am a talker, or because on any given day or even hour, my answer may be different. My frustration heightens with the questioner’s following claim, “Impressionism is my favorite.” Honestly, this statement just pisses me off more than anything else about being an art historian.
Kathy Stockman is an art historian, writer, and critic. She studied art history at the University of Kansas and went on to earn her graduate degree at the University of Chicago where she specialized in Modern and Contemporary Art theory and criticism and Latino identity theory. She has taught art history for ten years at various Ohio colleges and universities including the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Miami University. She blogs at Cincinnati Art Snob, and she recently launched customized art tours throughout Greater Cincinnati.