FAS: Art in Motion

From studio to exhibition to acquisition, the context of an artwork changes from the moment of its conception to its ultimate reception or destination. "Success" is, indeed, predicated on this migration, and the faster it occurs, the more successful the artwork in question is deemed to be. How are we to understand or control these different contexts, historically and today? Through field trips, studio visits, readings and discussions, this class will explore 5 separate areas or zones of transition, starting with the studio and its role as incubator, but often also as display zone. From the studio to the exhibition we will examine the factors involved in transitioning the work into public, looking at the history of the exhibition as construct for the promotion, but ultimately also sale, of the artwork and the role of the curator. The market and its operations, commercial galleries, collectors and auction houses form a powerfully appealing zone and define today's industry. The catalogue, often not fully understood as a site, will also be considered as a transitional mode where the artwork-- through reproduction and interpretation-- takes on another form, often altering its essential character. And finally the translocation of the artist to working in public, on commissions or in the galleries as premised by post-studio practice will also come under consideration. In all, our aim is to better understand the implications of these contexts and the shifting interpretation of creations.