Art School: (propositions for the 21st Century)

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MIT Press, 2009 - Art - 373 pages
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The last explosive change in art education came nearly a century ago, when the German Bauhaus was formed. Today, dramatic changes in the art world -- its increasing professionalization, the pervasive power of the art market, and fundamental shifts in art-making itself in our post-Duchampian era -- combined with a revolution in information technology, raise fundamental questions about the education of today's artists. Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century) brings together more than thirty leading international artists and art educators to reconsider the practices of art education in academic, practical, ethical, and philosophical terms. The essays in the book range over continents, histories, traditions, experiments, and fantasies of education. Accompanying the essays are conversations with such prominent artist/educators as John Baldessari, Michael Craig-Martin, Hans Haacke, and Marina Abramovic, as well as questionnaire responses from a dozen important artists -- among them Mike Kelley, Ann Hamilton, Guillermo Kuitca, and Shirin Neshat -- about their own experiences as students. A fascinating analysis of the architecture of major historical art schools throughout the world looks at the relationship of the principles of their designs to the principles of the pedagogy practiced within their halls. And throughout the volume, attention is paid to new initiatives and proposals about what an art school can and should be in the twenty-first century -- and what it shouldn't be. No other book on the subject covers more of the questions concerning art education today or offers more insight into the pressures, challenges, risks, and opportunities for artists and art educators in the years ahead.

ContributorsMarina Abramovic, Dennis Adams, John Baldessari, Ute Meta Bauer, Daniel Birnbaum, Saskia Bos, Tania Bruguera, Luis Camnitzer, Michael Craig-Martin, Thierry de Duve, Clémentine Deliss, Charles Esche, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Hans Haacke, Ann Lauterbach, Ken Lum, Steven Henry Madoff, Brendan D. Moran, Ernesto Pujol, Raqs Media Collective, Charles Renfro, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Michael Shanks, Robert Storr, Anton Vidokle

 

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The book states that Cedric Price was a former member of Archigram. Cedric did indeed work with Archigram on a number of occasions but he was never a member.

Contents

Acknowledgments
vii
Introduction
ix
1 On the Ground
1
2 An Ethics
15
3 Education by Infection
25
4 Aesthetic Platforms
33
5 Conversation
41
6 Dear Colleague
53
13 Conversation
177
14 From Exhibition to School
189
15 In Latin America
201
16 Under Pressure
219
17 Teaching Art
231
18 Nobody Asked You to Do NothingA Potential School
247
19 Conversation
257
20 States of Exception
271

7 How to be An Artist by Night
71
8 The Thing Seen
85
9 Include me Out
101
10 Roaming Prelusive Permeable
117
11 Artereality
141
12 Undesigning the New Art School
159
21 Questionnaires
289
22 Dear Steven
329
Contributors
343
Notes
353
Index
365
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Steven Henry Madoff, an award-winning writer, editor, and poet, has written extensively on contemporary art for such publications as Artforum, the New York Times, and Time magazine, and published numerous monographs on leading artists. He is Senior Critic at Yale University's School of Art.

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