Joyce Tsai is a specialist in modern and contemporary art whose work focuses on the recurrent artistic engagement with abstraction from the 19th to the 21st century. Her current book project examines the persistence of painting in the work of László Moholy-Nagy. In addition to her training in the history of art, she also earned an MA in German with an emphasis on realism, critical theory and aesthetic philosophy. Her interests include the history of photography, art conservation and conservation science, and the European avant-garde.
Tsai has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, and Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
Recent publications include:
“Sorcerer’s Apprentice: László Moholy-Nagy and the Light Prop for an Electrical Stage.” In Reconsidering the Total Work of Art, edited by Anke Finger and Danielle Follett. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
“Excavating Surface: On the Repair and Revision of László Moholy-Nagy’s Z VII (1926).” In Bauhaus Palimpsest Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse, and Modernism, edited by Robin Schuldenfrei and Jeffrey Saletnik. London: Routledge, 2009.
“Technology’s Surrogate: László Moholy-Nagy’s Late Paintings.” In László Moholy-Nagy,edited by Max Hollein and Ingrid Pfeiffer. Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2009.
“Gordon Matta-Clark” and “Tobias Putrih.” In Megastructures, edited by Markus Richter and Sabrina van der Ley. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2008.
“Schicksalsfrage der Malerei.” In Form und Gesellschaft, edited by Lynette Roth and Julia Friedrich, 43-53. Cologne: Angelika Thill Verlag, 2008.
“Melanie Smith,” “Carlos Garaicoa” and “Tacita Dean.”In Ideal Cities, Invisible Cities, edited by Markus Richter and Sabrina van der Ley. Frankfurt: Revolver Verlag, 2006. .
“Der Kuckuck and the Problem of Workers’ Photography.” History of Photography. 29:3 (Autumn 2005): 275-86.