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Talking Art: The Culture of Practice and the Practice of Culture in MFA Education
by Gary Alan Fine
University of Chicago Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-0-226-56035-9 | Cloth: 978-0-226-56018-2 | Paper: 978-0-226-56021-2
Library of Congress Classification N346.A1F56 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 700.71

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In Talking Art, acclaimed ethnographer Gary Alan Fine gives us an eye-opening look at the contemporary university-based master’s-level art program. Through an in-depth analysis of the practice of the critique and other aspects of the curriculum, Fine reveals how MFA programs have shifted the goal of creating art away from beauty and toward theory. Contemporary visual art, Fine argues, is no longer a calling or a passion—it’s a discipline, with an academic culture that requires its practitioners to be verbally skilled in the presentation of their intentions. Talking Art offers a remarkable and disconcerting view into the crucial role that universities play in creating that culture.

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