Affects, Percepts, and Concepts: Art Theory After the End of Art
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NPHI 3112
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
In the mid-1980s, the American philosopher and critic Arthur Danto and the renowned German art historian Hans Belting—unaware of one another's activities—declared not only the end of art, but the end of art history. Others jumped on the bandwagon declaring the death of painting, modernism, narrative, and even history itself. The age of the epilogue was born. At precisely the same time, unbeknownst to most of the English-speaking world, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze was formulating a new approach to art drawing on an idiosyncratic array of writers, philosophers, and artists from Franz Kafka, Henri Bergson, Antonin Artaud, and Samuel Beckett to Paul Klee and Francis Bacon. In this course we critically examine the prospects for constructing radically new ways of understanding and experiencing art and visual culture "after the end of art". We draw concepts from philosophers—Spinoza, Kant, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze—and apply them to the works of contemporary artists, writers, and filmmakers.
Course Open to: Degree Students