Art Theory & Criticism – The Art Students League

Art Theory & Criticism

Hugo Bastidas

Class Description

This course is designed to support and enhance the individual studio work carried out under the supervision of a faculty mentor. This provides a group forum for the exchange of ideas relevant to contemporary art making. On the alternate weeks, the group along with the instructor, will to attend art openings. Grouped critiques provide a breadth of response and support to the students as they engage in studio research and experimentation that will allow them to best express their personal vision.

The objectives of the course are:

  • To support the student as he/she focuses on the conflict between idea and image in studio work.
  • To give the student the ability to articulate the direction in which her/his studio work is evolving.
  • To sharpen the student’s abilities to integrate personal responses, art historical information, and art critical concepts into verbal commentary about art.
  • To develop the student’s conceptual understanding of the art of student peers, current art world trends and movements, and art of diverse cultures and histories.

Student participation both in terms of conceptualization and articulation of theory and the application to their work is held to a professional level.

 

 

About the Instructor

Hugo Xavier Bastidas is an American artist. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his MFA from Hunter College. His awards include a Robert Smithson Scholarship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Pollack-Krasner Grant and a NJEA Grant. He is represented by the Nohra Haime Gallery, where he has had 16 solo shows. Other solos exhibits include those at the Gyeongnam Museum of Art, Gallery KunstDoc, and Bonn Gallery. His digital artwork was represented by Gallery Boreas (Lenox, MA and Reykjavik, Iceland) and had been included in the DiVA shows (in Paris, Cologne and NY) and the AAF (NY). He is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Design and is represented in their collection among other collections public and private nationally and internationally. He represented the US in the Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador, 1999) and the Sharjah Biennial (UAE, 2001). His work is in collections worldwide.

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