- Short Biography
Anna Novakov is Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Saint Marys College of California. From 2008 to 2010 she was Scholar-in-Residence with the Beatrice Bain Research Group, University of California, Berkeley. She is currently affiliated with the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University and the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of California Berkeley. Professor Novakov holds two degrees from the University of California and a doctorate from New York University in the History of Art and Art Education. During the early 1990s, she came to prominence in Manhattan as one of the first art critics to write about the role of installation art in public spaces in books such as Veiled Histories: The Body, Place and Public Art (1997) and Carnal Pleasures: Desire, Contemporary Art and Public Space (1998). Her scholarly interests range from the fin de siecle to the postmodernist era. A prolific writer, Professor Novakov has received numerous awards and grants for her research and criticism. Her practice encompasses art criticism, art history and curatorial projects. Most significantly, she is the primary contributor, sole author or editor of ten books on gender and modernist art and architecture including The Artistic Legacy of Le Corbusiers machine a habiter (2008), Essays on Womens Artistic and Cultural Contributions 1919-1939: Expanded Social Roles for the New Woman following the First World War (2009), Phantom Architecture: Essays on Interwar Architecture in Belgrade (2011), Play of Lines: Anton Azbes Art Academy and Education of East European Female Painters (2011) and Talking Points: Conversations about Art, Gender and Public Space (2012).