Dates and Readings Below
Thursdays, 4:45 pm–6:30 pm
Fee: $298 for series
Limited to 25 students
Please request reading list upon registration
Is there such a thing as an artistic personality? To what extent and in what ways can art be taught? Is there a relationship between art-making and mental illness? And why do so many artists allude to suffering?
In his "Literature of Art" seminar, League instructor Ephraim Rubenstein addresses these and other questions by guiding students through prominent writings about the visual arts. Rubenstein is both a stunning realist painter and a provocative, award-winning teacher.
The seminar, which meets on ten Thursdays in the late afternoon, brings together students and artists from different disciplines, approaches, and walks of life to read and talk about essential questions in the visual arts. The class will examine selected landmarks of theory, criticism, connoisseurship and the writings of artists themselves. Wherever possible, it is important to read the recommended edition. Selections change from edition to edition, as do translations, and having a consistent pagination makes discussions much easier.
Wherever possible, it is important to read the recommended edition. Selections change from edition to edition, as do translations, and having a consistent pagination makes discussions much easier.
Be sure to check out his latest post, "Ten Books Every Artist Should Have—and Know Well," to get a taste of the discussions to be had in his seminar.
Class Dates and Readings
*Students should come to the first session on January 15 having read
the material in the Course Pack
January 15: Course Pack
January 29: Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to A Young Poet, M.D. Herter Norton, translation, W W Norton, ISBN 0-393-00158
February 12: Vincent Van Gogh, Letters, Mark Roskill, Editor, Athenaeum ISBN 0-689-70167-5
February 26: Kenneth Clark, The Nude: A Study in Ideal Form, A W Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, Princeton/Bollingen, ISBN 0-691-01788-3
March 12: Kent Bloomer, Body Memory and Architecture, Yale University Press, 1977, ISBN 0-300-02142-9
March 26: Michael Baxandall, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy, Oxford University Press
April 9: Lewis Hyde, The Gift, Vintage Books/ Random House, 1979, ISBN 0-394-71519-5
April 23: Susan Sontag, On Photography, Picador ISBN 0312420099
May 7: Student Presentations
May 21: Student Presentations
About the Instructor
Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in Art History from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University's School of the Arts. Mr. Rubenstein has had ten one-person exhibitions in New York: at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co., and most recently at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. He has also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil Carlsen and Beatrice Laufman Awards. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher and is currently on the faculty at Columbia University and the National Academy of Design, as well as at the Art Students League. For more information, visit www.ephraimrubenstein.com.