Ephraim Rubenstein: The Literature of Art—Looking at Art Through the Words of Great Writers
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Ephraim Rubenstein: The Literature of Art
Looking at Art Through the Words of Great Writers
Dates and Readings Below
January 10, 24; February 7, 21;
March 7, 21; April 4, 18; May 2, 16
Thursdays, 4:45 pm–6:30 pm
Fee: $298 for series
Limited to 25 students
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.
NB: Students should come to the first session on January 10 having read material provided in the course pack.
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.
Class Dates and Readings
Course Pack (provided upon registration)
Andrew Martindale, The Rise of the Artist in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (New York, McGraw-Hill, 1972)
Bernard Berenson, Italian Painters of the Renaissance (Meridian Books)
Vasari, The Lives of the Artists, Oxford
Leonardo da Vinci, A Treatise on Painting (Rigaud translation) Great Minds Series, Prometheus Books, or Dover reprint
Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness, Vintage International
James Howard Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere, Touchstone Books, Simon & Schuster
Terrence McNally, The Stendhal Syndrome: Two Plays: Full Frontal Nudity and Prelude and Liebestod (Grove Press, 2004)
Doug Wright, Quills and Other Plays (Faber & Faber, 2005)
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich
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.