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Dr Michael Newall

Senior Lecturer

 

 

About

I undertook an undergraduate studio degree in visual arts at the University of South Australia, studying painting and art theory, before going on to study philosophy at the University of Adelaide. In 2004 I completed a PhD in aesthetics at Flinders University, South Australia. Before coming to the University of Kent I also taught at the University of South Australia, wrote numerous articles and reviews for Australian contemporary arts magazines, and worked as a curator and editor at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia.

Currently I am Director of Learning & Teaching for the School of Arts, and Director of the MA in Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics. My expertise spans art history and theory, and philosophy of art and aesthetics. In philosophy of art, I have a special concern with the philosophy and aesthetics of visual art. My interest in contemporary art and Australian art has developed in part from my earlier work as a critic and curator. Much of my current teaching and research explores the potential for productive meetings of the two disciplines of art history and philosophy of art.

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Publications

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Book
Maes, H. (2017). Conversations on Art and Aesthetics. Oxford University Press.
Maes, H. (2006). Grapje! Filosofische gedachten over grappen. Budel, Damon.
Maes, H. (2005). Bescheidenheid, trots en ijdelheid. Budel, Damon.
Edited book
Maes, H.R.V. ed. (2013). Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. [Online]. Palgrave. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/?k=9780230368200.
Maes, H.R.V. and Levinson, J. eds. (2012). Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays. [Online]. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609581.001.0001/acprof-9780199609581.
Article
Maes, H. (2017). Truly, Madly, Deeply: on what it is to love a work of art. The Philosophers' Magazine.
Deprez, E. and Maes, H. (2016). Wat is een portret? Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen [Online]. Available at: http://www.kunsttijdschriftvlaanderen.be/nummers/363.
Maes, H. (2015). What is a Portrait? British Journal of Aesthetics [Online]:303-322. Available at: http://bjaesthetics.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/09/27/aesthj.ayv018.
Maes, H. (2014). Erotic Art. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [Online]:1-50. Available at: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/erotic-art/.
Maes, H. and Deprez, E. (2013). Kunst of porno: duidelijk onderscheid of vals dilemma? Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen:175-177.
Maes, H. (2012). The arts vs Art with a capital 'A': Interview with Noël Carroll. Esthetica [Online]. Available at: http://estheticatijdschrift.nl/files/2014/09/Esthetica-THE-ARTS-vs-ART-WITH-A-CAPITAL----A---.-An-Interview-with-No--l-Carroll-2012-12-28.pdf.
Maes, H. (2011). ¿Quién dice que la pornografía no puede ser arte? La Balsa de Medusa [Online]:5-24. Available at: http://labalsadelamedusa.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/numero-4-2011/.
Maes, H. and Schaubroeck, K. (2011). Excuus-truus of ons-kent-ons-fons? De Standaard [Online]. Available at: http://www.standaard.be/cnt/0e373rhf.
Maes, H. (2011). Drawing the Line: Art versus Pornography. Philosophy Compass [Online] 6:385-397. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-9991.2011.00403.x.
Maes, H. (2011). Art or Porn: Clear Division or False Dilemma? Philosophy and Literature [Online] 35:51-64. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/phl.2011.0003.
Maes, H. (2011). Depiction: Wat is een afbeelding? Een inleiding tot de hedendaagse afbeeldingstheorieën. Esthetica [Online]. Available at: http://estheticatijdschrift.nl/files/2014/09/1-Esthetica-Watiseenafbeelding-Eeninleidingtotdehedendaagseafbeeldingstheorie--n-2013-04-15.pdf.
Maes, H. (2010). Love, Friendship, and Casablanca. Hermeneia: Journal of Hermeneutics, Art Theory, and Criticism [Online]:98-107. Available at: http://hermeneia.ro/archive/170-2/.
Maes, H. (2010). Intention, Interpretation, and Contemporary Visual Art. British Journal of Aesthetics [Online] 50:121-138. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aesthj/ayp051.
Maes, H. (2010). Kunst of Pornografie? Karakter: Tijdschrift van Wetenschap [Online]:15-16. Available at: http://www.tijdschriftkarakter.be/kunst-of-pornografie/.
Maes, H. (2008). Art and Pornography. Essay Review of Jerrold Levinson's Contemplating Art. Journal of Aesthetic Education 42.
Maes, H. (2008). Elephants, Microscopes and Free Beauty: Reply to Davies. Philosophical Quarterly [Online] 59:332-336. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9213.2008.592.x.
Maes, H. (2008). Challenging Partial Intentionalism. Journal of Visual Art Practice [Online] 7:85-94. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jvap.7.1.85_1.
Maes, H. (2007). Een treffende gelijkenis. Over grappen en kunst. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 99:281-296.
Maes, H. (2006). Liefde, vriendschap en Casablanca. Streven.
Maes, H. (2005). A Celestial Taxonomy of Remakes? Cinemascope. An Independent Film Journal 1:1-11.
Maes, H. (2005). The End of Art Revisited. Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics 2:122-132.
Maes, H. (2004). The End of Art: A real problem or not really a problem? Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics 1:59-68.
Maes, H. (2004). Modesty, Asymmetry, and Hypocrisy. Journal of Value Inquiry [Online] 38:485-497. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10790-005-3335-1.
Maes, H. (2001). Bescheidenheid en asymmetrie. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 93:117-135.
Book section
Maes, H. (2017). Falling in Lust: Sexiness, Feminism, and Pornography. in: Mikkola, M. ed. Beyond Speech: Pornography and Analytic Feminist Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
Maes, H. (2017). Falling in Lust: Sexiness, Feminism, and Pornography. in: Aesthetics: A Reader in the Philosophy of the Arts. Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Aesthetics-A-Reader-in-Philosophy-of-the-Arts-4th-Edition/Goldblatt-Blankenship-Brown-Patridge/p/book/9781138235885.
Maes, H. (2014). Pornography. in: Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Oxford University Press.
Maes, H. (2013). Introduction: Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. in: Pornographic Art and the Aesthetics of Pornography. Palgrave, pp. 1-24. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137367938_1.
Maes, H. and Puolakka, K. (2012). Arthur Danto: The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. in: 50 Key Texts in Art History. Routledge.
Maes, H. (2012). Who Says Pornography Can't Be Art? in: Maes, H. R. V. and Levinson, J. eds. Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays. Oxford University Press, pp. 17-47.
Maes, H. and Levinson, J. (2012). Introduction. in: Art & Pornography: Philosophical Essays. Oxford University Press. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609581.001.0001.
Maes, H. (2009). Nawoord: Over de relatie tussen film en filosofie. in: d'Hoine, P. and Engelen, B. eds. Denkbeelden. Een inleiding tot de filosofie aan de hand van films. Antwerpen, Pelckmans, pp. 245-260.
Maes, H. (2008). Waarom geen voorbeeld nemen aan de grappenmaker? Een open vraag aan hedendaagse kunstenaars en kunstcritici. in: De Kraai van Walter. DeFKA.
Maes, H. and Schaubroeck, K. (2006). Different Kinds and Aspects of Bullshit. in: Hardcastle, G. and Reisch, G. A. eds. Bullshit and Philosophy. Open Court, pp. 171-182.
Maes, H. (2005). David Hume over de emotie 'trots'. in: Van Reijen, M. ed. Emoties. Van stoïcijnse apatheia tot heftige liefde. Amsterdam, Klement, pp. 81-97.
Maes, H. (2005). De emotie 'trots' in de hedendaagse analytische filosofie. in: Van Reijen, M. ed. Emoties. Van stoïcijnse apatheia tot heftige liefde. Amsterdam, Klement, pp. 186-204.
Maes, H. (2004). Danto en het einde van de kunst. in: Vandenabeele, B. and Verneir, K. eds. Transgressie in de kunst. Budel, Damon, pp. 118-128.
Maes, H. (2002). Zelfwaardering en het standpunt van anderen. in: Braeckman, A., Devos, R. and Verdonck, B. eds. Terugkeer van het subject. Recente ontwikkelingen binnen de filosofie,. Universitaire Pers Leuven, Leuven, pp. 223-235.
Review
Maes, H. (2008). Review of Contemplating Art by Jerrold Levinson. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 70:186-186.
Maes, H. (2008). Review of On Images by John V. Kulvicki. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 69:780-780.
Maes, H. (2008). A New Philosophy of Photography? Critical Notice of Henri van Lier, Philosophy of Photography. History of Photography [Online] 32:380-383. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03087290802323482.
Maes, H. (2007). Review of Philosophy and Conceptual Art by Peter Goldie and Elisabeth Schellekens. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 69:612-613.
Maes, H. (2007). Review of Opmerkingen over het gevoel van het schone en het verhevene by Immanuel Kant. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 99:167-168.
Maes, H. (2007). Review of The Philosophy of Art by Stephen Davies. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 69:381-383.
Maes, H. (2007). Review of Opmerkingen over het gevoel van het schone en het verhevene by Immanuel Kant. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 69:389-389.
Maes, H. (2006). Review of Three Philosophical Filmmakers. Hitchcock, Welles, Renoir by Irving Singer. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 68:840-842.
Maes, H. (2006). Review of Art and Intention. A Philosophical Study by Paisley Livingston. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 68:414-415.
Maes, H. (2006). Review of The Task of the Interpreter. Text, Meaning, and Negotiation by Pol Vandevelde. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 68:651-653.
Maes, H. (2006). Review of Sight and Sensibility. Evaluating Pictures by Dominic McIver Lopes. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 68:434-434.
Maes, H. (2005). Review of Arts & Minds by Gregory Currie. Review of Arts & Minds by Gregory Currie 67:612-612.
Maes, H. (2005). Review of Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. The Analytic Tradition by Peter Lamarque & Stein H. Olsen. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 67:601-602.
Maes, H. (2004). Review of Filosofie & Film by Joost Raessens. Cinetext Online. Film & Philosophy [Online]:0-0. Available at: http://cinetext.philo.at/.
Maes, H. (2002). Review of Uneasy Virtue by Julia Driver. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 64:606-607.
Maes, H. (2001). Review of The Subtlety of Emotions by Aaron Ben-Ze'ev. Tijdschrift voor Filosofie 63:810-811.
Conference or workshop item
Maes, H. (2017). Conversations, Portraits, and Philosophy. in: 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics.
Maes, H. (2017). Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits. in: 6th Dubrovnik Conference on the Philosophy of Art.
Maes, H. and Schaubroeck, K. (2016). They Can't Take That Away From Me: Art, Love, and Reasons. in: Colloquium on the Modalities of the Good.
Maes, H. (2016). Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits. in: American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division Meeting.
Maes, H. (2016). Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits. in: London Aesthetics Forum.
Maes, H. (2015). Falling in Lust: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Sexiness. in: Philosophy Research Seminar at Uppsala University.
Maes, H. (2014). Falling in Lust: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Sexiness. in: IX Workshop on Aesthetic Experience: Mixed Feelings, Mixed Categories.
Maes, H. (2013). Falling in Lust: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Sexiness. in: Conference on Feminist Philosophy and Pornography.
Maes, H. (2013). What Analytic Philosophers of Art Can Learn From the Cultural History of Pornography. in: Annual Meeting of the Descartes Centre.
Maes, H. (2013). Who Says Pornography Can't be Art? in: Edinburgh Philosophy Society.
Maes, H. (2013). Falling in Lust: on Sexiness and Pornography. in: Philosophy Research Seminar.
Maes, H. (2013). What's in a Name? Shunga, Erotic Art, and Pornography. in: Shunga & Philosophy (British Museum).
Maes, H. (2013). Erotische Kunst en Pornografie. in: Philosophy Research Seminar, Ghent University.
Maes, H. (2013). Art or Pornography? Philosophical Reflections on a False Dilemma. in: Erotica, Pornography, and the Obscene in Europe.
Maes, H. (2012). Art or Porn? in: ArtErotica 2012.
Maes, H. (2011). Art and Morality. in: Art seminar at University of Antwerp.
Maes, H. (2011). Drawing the Line: Art vs Pornography. in: Pornography and Objectification: Aesthetics and the Erotic.
Maes, H. (2011). The Naked Truth: Panel on Pornography and Erotic Art. in: Crunch: Art and Music Festival.
Maes, H. (2010). Elephants, Microscopes, and Free Beauty. in: Hoe Kants Kritik der Urteilskraft vertalen en interpreteren?
Maes, H. (2010). Art or Porn: Clear Division or False Dilemma? in: London Aesthetics Forum.
Maes, H. (2010). Intention, Interpretation, and Contemporary Visual Art. in: Philosophy Research Seminar at University of Murcia.
Maes, H. (2010). Kunst of pornografie? in: EGO Salon.
Maes, H. (2010). Who Says Pornography Can't Be Art? in: Philosophy Research Seminar at University of Murcia.
Maes, H. (2009). Blue Movies, Banned Books, Dirty Pictures: the Intersection between Pornography and Art. in: Annual Conference of the American Society for Aesthetics.
Maes, H. (2009). Filosofie en Film. in: Denkbeelden: een filosofische filmreeks (cinema Zed).
Maes, H. (2009). Fotografie en Tijd. in: Workshop on Photography at St Lukas Hogeschool.
Maes, H. (2009). Art, Pornography, and Pornographic Art. in: Philosophy Research Seminar.
Maes, H. (2009). Blue Movies, Banned Books, Dirty Pictures: Exploring the Intersection between Pornography and Art. in: Annual Conference of the American Society for Aesthetics.. Available at: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/aesthetics-online.org/resource/resmgr/Historic/2009_Annual_Meeting.pdf.
Maes, H. (2008). Remember that we forget. in: Cultural Memory: Forgetting to Remember / Remember to Forget.
Maes, H. (2008). Waarom vinden we kunst waardevol? in: Vormingplus.
Maes, H. (2008). Art and Pornography. in: 6th European Congress of Analytic Philosophy (ECAP).
Maes, H. (2008). Love, Friendship, and Casablanca. in: Love in Our World. An International Conference.
Maes, H. (2007). Intention, Interpretation, and Contemporary Visual Art. in: Annual Meeting of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Analytic Philosophy (VAF).
Maes, H. (2006). Challenging Partial Intentionalism. in: American Society for Aesthetics.
Maes, H. (2006). De emotie 'trots'. in: Internationale School voor Wijsbegeerte.
Maes, H. (2006). De grappenmaker en zijn publiek. Over grappen, kunst en intimiteit. in: Conference on humour organised by the University of Antwerp.
Maes, H. (2006). Julia Driver on Moral Luck. in: 1st Annual Online Philosophy Conference.. Available at: http://experimentalphilosophy.typepad.com/online_philosophy_confere.
Maes, H. (2006). Different Kinds of Bullshit. in: German Society for Analytic Philosophy (GAP).
Maes, H. (2005). Arthur Danto and the End of Art. in: Midsouth Philosophy Conference.
Maes, H. (2005). Larry Shiner and Arthur Danto on Art History. in: American Society for Aesthetics, Eastern Division Meeting.
Maes, H. (2004). Danto, De Duve, and The End of Art. in: Rediscovering Aesthetics.
Maes, H. (2003). The End of Art: A real problem or not really a problem? in: the International Congress on Arthur C. Danto and the End of Art.
Maes, H. (2001). Zelfwaardering. in: 23rd Vlaams-Nederlandse Filosofiedag.
Maes, H. (2001). Hypocrisie en Bescheidenheid. in: Internationale School voor Wijsbegeerte.
Maes, H. (2001). 'Ik ben een briljant filosoof.' Over zelfingenomenheid en ijdelheid. in: Filosofische Kring.
Edited journal
Maes, H.R.V. ed. (2011). Special Issue: Depiction. Esthetica.
Show / exhibition
Maes, H. (2011). Preface, Catalogue of "Transgression: Sexuality, Gender, and Censorship" (Beers.Lambert gallery). [Exhibition Catalogue].
Internet publication
Maes, H. (2008). Esthetica en Theorievorming: Interview met Kendall Walton [Online]. Available at: http://esthetica.nge.nl/#/lopende-jaargang/?sel=4&subsel=0&id=67.
Other
Maes, H. (2005). Critical Notice of Art in Progress. A Philosophical Response to the End of the Avant-Garde by Maarten Doorman.
Forthcoming
Maes, H. (2018). "You Talking to Me?". Debates in Aesthetics.
Total publications in KAR: 109 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching

My current undergraduate teaching covers philosophy of art, aesthetics, and art history, with a special focus on contemporary art and modern art, as well as studio-based practice and professional practice. I teach the first year module Shock of the Now: Themes in Contemporary Art, which introduces students to central issues of art from the 1960s to the present. I regularly teach two upper level modules that draw together aspects of art history and philosophy of art: Abstraction and Construction, which explores the development and aftermath of modernist painting in a historical and philosophical perspective, and The Sublime, the Disgusting and the Laughable, which investigates alternatives to beauty in visual culture beginning in the 18th century, but with an emphasis on recent art and culture. In other modules my teaching draws on my practical experience – including my art school training, and my experience working in arts organisations: Philosophy in the Studio gives students the opportunity to make studio-based work, and to reflect on theoretical and philosophical issues from the perspective of a practitioner, and Visual Arts Internship gives final year students the opportunity to undertake an internship at a visual arts organisation as part of their studies

I am also Director of the MA in Philosophy of Art, and each year I usually convene the core module Introduction to Research in Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, as well as the MA’s dissertation module.

 

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Research

Much of my recent research in the philosophy of art focuses on the philosophy of pictures, but I also have an active interest in the application of analytic philosophy to art historical topics, especially contemporary art; and contemporary art school education. My work on the philosophy of pictures grew out of an interest developed during my time at art school in how pictures differ from other kinds of representations, such as language. There I was intrigued by, but dissatisfied with, the prevailing semiotic approach to this question. My recently published book What is a Picture? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) presents the outcome of my thinking on this subject. It argues for a new account of pictures as an intrinsically visual from of representation; and it applies this theoretical work in new ways, examining how such an account of pictures can bear on our understanding of pictorial art, from realism through to abstraction. This work was supported by an AHRC Research Leave grant in 2007, and in 2009 I was awarded the John Fisher Memorial Prize for Aesthetics by the American Society for Aesthetics, for a paper ‘Pictorial Resemblance’ (The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 68, 2010), which ultimately grew into an important chapter in the book.

Currently I am beginning a new strand of research – which will involve a number of papers, and culminate in a book – on contemporary art school education. I’m aiming to develop a “philosophy of the art school”, that gives an account of what art schools impart to their students, and how they do this, in a way informed primarily by contemporary theories of art. Again, this is an interest that stems from my own time at art school. Increasingly since the 1960s (although perhaps on the wane today) the contemporary art student has been about as free as one can possibly be in an institutional setting. My new work is in a way intended to do justice to those freedoms by exploring their historical origins, their scope and the tensions between them and the rest of the contemporary world.

 

 

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Supervision

I am particularly interested in working with research students on topics in the philosophy of art, including issues around pictures and visual art, and on philosophical and theoretical topics around contemporary art. If you have an idea for a MPhil or PhD proposal that you would like to try out on me, you’re welcome to get in touch.

Current and recent research students

  • Mike Walker (MPhil candidate)
  • Ester Ipplito (MPhil candidate)
  • Sarah Scanlon (MA candidate)

 

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