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The History and Theory of Art Criticism
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
This lecture/seminar course will explore the history of criticism from the early 1700s to the present, focusing on the evolution of theory and practice in European art criticism. Students will examine arguments regarding, for example, good taste, the beautiful and the sublime, the distinction between and conscious blending of various literary and visual genres (e.g., painting, sculpture, literature, theatre), mimetic versus abstract representation, aesthetic versus social/political considerations.. Working with case studies, students will be engaged in reading and analyzing core documents within the history of art criticism and will undertake critical writing projects focused on contemporary art practice.
Anti-requisite: Students who have taken HUMN 3B03 or VISC 3B37 may not take this course for further credit.
Notes: Priority Registration for Criticism and Curatorial Practice majors.

Priority registration for this course will be lifted on July 21, 2011.

Course code change 2011-12
Course was last updated June 23, 2011 - 11:11 AM