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Art School: International Perspectives on Policy and Power
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 question ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 11th 2009 by MIT Press (MA)
(first published 2009)
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Amazing. Anyone who wants to be apart of an intelligent conversation regarding art education (higher education) and ways to improve it should read this book. Anyone in an MFA program, or anyone who cares about the ways artists develop before being part of the art market should read this. Just read it.
As with lots of books about pedagogy written from the perspective of famous artists, this essay mistakes remarks on teaching for actual pedagogy. A book that reminds you how much more you'd rather watch Tim Gunn's praxis than read a steaming pile of banter, gossip and anecdote masquerading as theory.
I attended the panel discussions at The Cooper Union regarding the future of the art academy and came away filled with questions, even as to the mixed-use nature of my artistic identity or role, as it is currently iterated. I can only think that provocation on this level is a good thing.