Shocking Artists, Shocking Art

FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION

Professor: Elizabeth Legge
Subject: Art History
Course Code: FAH198H1S
Time: Monday 13:00 – 15:00

Art causes scandals for many reasons, provoking a range of consequences, including censorship, cuts to government funding of the arts or even destruction of the work in question. In this course we will consider a number of kinds of art scandal arising from exhibition in public galleries and urban spaces, including those that have to do with legal issues such as plagiarism and vandalism; aesthetic objections on the part of the public, ranging from perceived obscenity to simple resentment of abstract art; racism; sacrilege; and political subversion, amongst others. We will consider the work of artists including Chris Ofili, Joep van Lieshout, Paul McCarthy, Damien Hirst, Michael Snow, Sally Mann, Banksy, Rachel Whitebread, Richard Prince, Andres Serrano, Robert Mapplethorpe, Carl Andre, Maya Lin, and Jeff Koons, amongst others.

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Pre-requisites:

none

Co-requisites:

none

Exclusions:

none

Recommended Preparation:

none

Breadth designation:

Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

CR/NCR:

Not eligible for CR/NCR option

Restrictions:

Restricted to first-year students

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IN THE NEWS

“There’s a giant Banksy show in Toronto, but how good is it if Banksy himself isn’t in on the joke?”

FYF instructor Elizabeth Legge discusses the work of anonymous street artist Banksy, while questioning the unauthorized exhibition of his work, “The Art of Banksy.”

15 Jun 2018 | CBC Arts