What Do Artists Know? by James ElkinsWhat Do Artists Know? by James Elkins

What Do Artists Know?

EditorJames Elkins

Paperback | December 23, 2015

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Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work. The outcome of each of these convergences is an extensive and “unpredictable conversation” on knotty and provocative issues about art. This third volume in the series, What Do Artists Know?, is about the education of artists. The MFA degree is notoriously poorly conceptualized, and now it is giving way to the PhD in art practice. Meanwhile, conversations on freshman courses in studio art continue to be bogged down by conflicting agendas. This book is about the theories that underwrite art education at all levels, the pertinent history of art education, and the most promising current conceptualizations.

The contributors are Areti Adamopoulou, Glenn Adamson, Rina Arya, Louisa Avgita, Jan Baetens, Su Baker, Ciarín Benson, Andrew Blackley, Jeroen Boomgaard, Brad Buckley, William Conger, John Conomos, Christopher Csikszentmihályi, Anders Dahlgren, Jonathan Dronsfield, Marta Edling, Laurie Fendrich, Michael Fotiadis, Christopher Frayling, Miguel González Virgen, R.E.H. Gordon, Charles Green, Vanalyne Green, Barbara Jaffee, Tom McGuirk, William Marotti, Robert Nelson, Håkan Nilsson, Saul Ostrow, Daniel Palmer, Peter Plagens, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Howard Singerman, Henk Slager, George Smith, Martin Søberg, Ann Sobiech Munson, Roy Sorensen, Bert Taken, Hilde Van Gelder, Frank Vigneron, Janneke Wesseling, Frances Whitehead, Gary Willis, and Yeung Yang.

James Elkins is E. C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He coedited the previous volumes in the series, Art and Globalization (Penn State, 2010) and What Is an Image? (Penn State, 2011).James Elkins is E. C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department ...
Title:What Do Artists Know?Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:December 23, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271054255

ISBN - 13:9780271054254

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Table of Contents


Series Preface


James Elkins

The Seminars

1 Histories of Studio Art Teaching

2 What Parts of Those Histories Are Relevant?

3 The Possibility of a Book on Art Teaching Worldwide

4 Knowledge, Part 1

5 Knowledge, Part 2

6 The First-Year Program

7 The BFA Degree

8 The MFA Degree

9 The PhD Degree


Areti Adamopoulou

Ciarín Benson

Andrew Blackley

Jan Baetens

Robert Nelson

Bert Taken and Jeroen Boomgaard

William Conger

Anders Dahlgren

Michael Fotiadis

Tom McGuirk

George Smith

Martin Søberg

Su Baker

Gary Willis

Yeung Yang

Louisa Avgita

Rina Arya

Brad Buckley and John Conomos

Charles Green

Hákan Nilsson

Laurie Fendrich and Peter Plagens

Janneke Wesseling

Vanalyne Green

Glenn Adamson

Henk Slager

Christopher Csikszentmihályi

Marta Edling

Sir Christopher Frayling

Miguel González Virgen

R.E.H. Gordon

Barbara Jaffee

William Marotti

Saul Ostrow

Daniel Palmer

Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen

Howard Singerman

Ann Sobiech Munson

Roy Sorenson

Hilde Van Gelder

Frank Vigneron

Frances Whitehead


Howard Singerman

Notes on the Contributors


Editorial Reviews

“This book asks one of the most important questions in contemporary art, and James Elkins's way of asking it is idiosyncratic, original, and inclusive. Anyone who is interested in the intelligence of art, or in the idea of art as a process of enquiry, will find this book informative and engrossing. What Do Artists Know? is a must for graduate art students, emerging artists, and those faculty who currently think they know all they need to know.”—Timothy Emlyn Jones, Dean of the Burren College of Art, Ireland