Amanda Boetzkes

IMG_1239Amanda Boetzkes is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on the aesthetics and ethics of art as these intersect with ecology and visual technologies of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

She is the author of Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste (MIT Press, 2019),  The Ethics of Earth Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and co-editor of Heidegger and the Work of Art History (Ashgate, 2014). She has published in the journals South Atlantic QuarterlyAfterimagePostmodern Culture; The Large Glass; Art Journal; Art History; E-flux; La Furia UmanaStasisPolygraphMediations; and Antennae: The Journal of Nature and Visual Culture among others. Recent book chapters appear in Nervous Systems: Art, Systems, and Politics Since the 1960s (Duke UP); Climate Realism (Routledge, 2021); Materialism and the Critique of Energy (MCM’, 2018); The Edinburgh Companion for Animal Studies (Edinburgh University Press, 2017); and Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Politics, Aesthetics, Environments and Epistemologies (Open Humanities Press, 2015). Her current project, Ecologicity, Vision and Art for a World to Come considers modes of visualizing environments with a special focus on Arctic landscapes.

Other areas of research and publication include: currency, economic exchange and the concept of value; theories of consciousness and perception, specifically ecological perception and neuroplasticity; art and visual culture that problematize the ontological and political status of animal species; phenomenology and art historiography; art of the American counterculture; landscape art and aesthetics from the 18th century to the present.

Amanda Boetzkes lives in Toronto, Canada.