Dates and Readings Below
September 10, 17
October 8, 22
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17
Thursdays, 4:45 pm–6:30 pm
Fee: $298 for series
Limited to 25 students
Reading list below
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.
September 10: Andrew Martindale, The Rise of the Artist In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, New York, McGraw-Hill,1972, 07-040648-0
September 17: Vasari, The Lives of the Artists (Selections), Oxford World’s Classics, translated by Julia and Peter Bondanella, 978-0-19-953719-8
October 8: Leonardo da Vinci, A treatise on Painting, Great Minds Series, Prometheus Books, ISBN 1-57392-950-6
October 22: Heinrich Wolfflin, The Principles of Art History, M D Hottinger, translation, Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-20276-3
November 5: E. H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion, Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 1956, Bollingen Series, Princeton
November 12: J. A. M. Whistler, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-21875-9
November 19: Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 0-15-178732-8, 1989
December 3: Robert Henri, The Art Spirit, Icon Editions or J B Lippincott Co. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 39-4273
December 10, 17: 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.