If everybody thinks differently how come much of what is assigned to students at every level is the same? Large doses of Derrida, Baudrillard and Lacan. If art is pluralistic and composing from all over, why are ideas presented as unified and monolithic? So I asked.
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If everybody thinks differently how come much of what is assigned to students at every level is the same? Large doses of Derrida, Baudrillard and Lacan. If art is pluralistic and composing from all over, why are ideas presented as unified and monolithic? So I asked. For now, we think these hold up pretty well — see who thinks you need to be reading Raymond Carver and who would be lost without Emily Dickinson.
Matthew Barney, artist. Cindy Sherman, artist. Vito Acconci, artist. Read yourself into situations of crisis and start working from there. When you know too much, go back to the ABCs of building and shelter. Architecture of and in the mind: the emergence of architecture out of paper and its disappearance into the air. Come into the dark; enter the precious jewel … The world put into a crystal cage. History in stills; the world as headlines; writing as surgery; art as news.
Language without things; thought without matter. John Currin, artist. You can load up a ripping yarn with realist detail and get a mind-blowing work of art that remains completely mysterious. The White Whale is the biggest nude in the universe, and you can describe its form for pages, but you can never really possess it with your eyes like a painting. Peter Doig, artist. About what inspired the late paintings. Visual, narrative power.
Doing it for yourself, by yourself. For those about to apply to art school. Jeff Koons, artist. Edward Ruscha, artist. Ballard, Crash Vintage, Any two or three pages. Dave Hickey, critic. Here are some texts I have assigned in theory courses to leaven the dough of genteel materialism that constitutes the bulk of the discourse. There are others, of course, but these have been particularly well received. Roni Horn, artist. For its brevity, an agonizing list to select.
In general, because of its second-generation character, criticism was, and remains, relatively uncompelling for me, though there are exceptions.
I also exclude both film and music, although film especially has played an important role in my development. Kahn, The Notebooks and Drawings M. Press, For example, No. The weather was always a good place to start. Today it is as well, more so than ever. Kara Walker, artist. Theatre Communications Group, An amazing recording.
Gregory Crewdson, artist. For an emerging generation of artists, the power and complexity of photography resides in its capacity to establish compelling imaginary worlds and psychological dramas in pictures.
Much recent photography effortlessly hovers between other narrative forms including film, literature, painting, television, and other cultural representations. Consequently, the most significant source material for understanding the aesthetic and critical issues surrounding photography today exists outside the medium itself. The following list of selected films, writers, and essays are important to the formation of a course syllabus concerning the critical analysis and practice of contemporary photography.
Homes, The Safety of Objects Viking William Kentridge, artist. Less intimidating than any unbroken volume on critical theory but with the essence of the theory exemplified in each page or paragraph. An account of the last days of the emperor Haillie Sailassie. Elizabeth Peyton, artist. Raymond Pettibon, artist. University of Chicago Press, Already a subscriber? Log in or link your magazine subscription. Account Profile.
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Ideal Syllabus by Jerry Saltz
Sensible advice to be sure, but also essentially peripheral to making good art as one guest in a episode of Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. Just seven! Exactly twenty years before the Frieze New York, for the occasion of the Frieze London, he edited a short volume of bibliographical recommendations. In this small paperback of only sixty-one pages, titled An Ideal Syllabus: artists, critics, and curators choose the books we need to read , Saltz compiled a list of readings and films recommended by art-world players for the benefit of young artists. An Ideal Syllabus is a fascinating document.
Reading Lists from a 31-Year Old Matthew Barney, a 44-Year-Old Cindy Sherman, and Others
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