Stephen Foster, Credentials
Stephen Foster has served the field widely in reviewing the scholarship of his peers (The National Endowment of the Humanities, The National Endowment of the Arts and the Getty Post-Doctoral Grant Program) and has administered and directed numerous fine arts and interdisciplinary cultural fine arts programs of international scope. His consulting activities have ranged from advising prominent private, public and corporate art collections to corporate and industry consulting.
Additionally, Foster has served as consultant and series editor for UMI Research Press' and Macmillan/G.K. Hall's fine arts publication programs. Numbering over sixty volumes, the UMI series (Studies in the Fine Arts: The Avant-Garde
) represented an exhaustive revisionist study of twentieth century art history employing the expertise of many of today's most widely respected scholars. In addition, the ten volume G.K. Hall project (Crisis and the Arts: A History of Dada
), described as the most comprehensive monograph on a movement ever undertaken, has set new standards for publication of its kind. In both of the above cases, Foster has managed and coordinated large teams of experts, numbering in the dozens, into systematic, coherent research and publication programs whose impact has been substantial and enduring.
As faculty involved in teaching and research at major art history programs since 1972 through 2001, he taught a full spectrum of twentieth century graduate courses and advanced seminars, supervised numerous M.A. and Ph.D. students through courses of study spanning all aspects of the history of twentieth century art, and has produced a distinguished record of broadly cited publications.
Publications include An American Odyssey, 1945/1980: Debating Modernism
, 2000, with additional essays by Daniel Siedell, Estera Milman and John Yau (chronology by Janis Mink). Hans Richter: Activism, Modernism, and the Avant-Garde
, contributing editor, 1998. Dada Cologne Hannover
, contributing editor with Charlotte Stokes, 1997. Dada: The Coordinates of Cultural Politics
, contributing editor,1996. Franz Kline: Art and the Structure of Identity
, 1994. The Avant-Garde and the Text
, eds. Stephen C. Foster and Estera Milman, 1988. "Event" Art and Art Events
, contributing editor, 1988. The World According to Dada
, 1988. Dada/Dimensions
, contributing editor, 1985. Lettrisme: Into the Present
, contributing editor, 1983. The Critics of Abstract Expressionism
, 1980, 1985. Dada Spectrum
, co-contributing editor with Rudolf Kuenzli, 1979. Intermedia
, co-editor with Hans Breder, 1979. Dada Artifacts
, with contributions by Richard Sheppard and Rudolf Kuenzli, 1978. His full resume is available upon request.
Foster received his Ph.D. in Art History from The University of Pennsylvania and has been the recipient of honors and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Getty Grant Program, The Mellon Foundation, and the Smithsonian.
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