- Paperback: 498 pages
- Publisher: New Academia Publishing/ The Spring; 1st edition (March 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981865453
- ISBN-13: 978-0981865454
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Artists with PhDs: On the New Doctoral Degree in Studio Art Paperback – March 9, 2009
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About the Author
James Elkins is E.C. Chadbourne Professor in the of Department of Art History. Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He writes on art and non-art images; his recent books include On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art. Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction, What Happened to Art Criticism? and Master Narratives and Their Discontents.
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Art should find it's own place in university not denying its own complexity, by being art and not forcing itself to become anything else.
But Elkins does not let this phase him. His invited authors ramble all over, they republish older presented papers, they cherry pick to back up dubious claims. Most of the book centers on the attempts at starting PhD programs in the UK or in Europe. The US component is by George Smith, who believes current undergrad and graduate progams do not provide enough theory. I find this odd considering that it appears he has no MFA degree and that his own PhD institute does not appear to be run by any University. But we'll let that go. The main problem with the book was it read more like a ragtag collection of conference papers than any coherent attempt at discussing PhD's in the visual arts and what that might mean. Ultimately the book comes off as the cry of generalists or those with education degrees who have little understanding of how the art world really works or who view PhD programs as a continuation of a little cash cow. What is being discussed in art schools, at least in those I'm familiar with in North America, is the ridiculousness of any PhD in visual arts. A better book will have to be written before they warm up to the idea.