HISTART 393 - Junior Proseminar
Section: 001 Art and Money
Term: WN 2013
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
Credits:
3
Cost:
50-100
Advisory Prerequisites:
Concentration in History of Art and upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
W.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

When a photograph by a contemporary artist sells for $4.3 million, it makes headlines. Why have worldwide art sales soared during a global financial crisis of epic proportions? What makes a work of art, a gold coin, or a dollar bill valuable? Both money and art raise questions about value—its source, how it can be measured, certified, produced, and negotiated through social transactions and systems of exchange. This class takes up these and other questions that have fascinated and troubled artists, economists, and consumers for centuries. The seminar explores how aesthetic, social, and economic values have been negotiated through the making, marketing, and exchange of art in early modern Europe and later capitalist societies. Our touchstone will be the complex art market that developed in northern Europe in the seventeenth century, which will allow us to study relations between commercial and artistic innovation, between patronage and market systems, and to examine how early modern economies of art resemble and differ from the global art market of today. Our case studies will include works by artists as diverse as Rembrandt and Joseph Beuys, all of whom posed questions in their art about the relationships between art and money. Discussion topics include: art as a medium of exchange, currency as an art form, the imagery of money, prints and copies, trompe l’oeil, credit and credibility. We will look at what the production of copies, multiples, fakes and forgeries can reveal about the shifting notions of originality and authenticity. Readings and discussions will introduce students to theories and concepts of value that will help us investigate what art and money have in common, where they diverge, and how they negotiate social and material values. D. 3, 4

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HISTART 393 - Junior Proseminar
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2HISTART Majors
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