ARTH 505 Fall 2012 The Artist and the Studio: Representations of Representation, Then and Now

This thematically based course explores depictions of the artist and the studio from (roughly) Velazquez into the present. Such representations often constitute a privileged arena for the development of reflexive concerns--concerns by artists about the nature and terms of the artistic enterprise. Precisely for this reason, that arena has also attracted a substantial body of ambitious art historical writing. Accordingly, much of the class will be devoted to exploring problems of interpretation raised by such "representations of representation," along with the art historical literature they have spawned. Artists include (but are not limited to) Velazquez, Vermeer, Delacroix, Courbet, Matisse, and Picasso; readings by Michel Foucault, Michael Fried, Svetlana Alpers, Daniel Arasse, and Leo Steinberg, among others. We might also read Balzac's Unknown Masterpiece and other works of art fiction.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, presentation of research, and a term paper of 20-25 pages
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Enrollment Preference: Graduate Program students and then to senior Art History majors
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Distribution Notes: satisfies the seminar requirement for the undergraduate Art History major
Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 14
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Class Number: 1804
ARTH505-01(F) SEM The Artist and the Studio Division 1: Languages and the Arts Marc Gotlieb
R 10:00 AM-12:40 PM Clark Art Seminar Room 1804
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