History of Art – notes on multiple short readings

Read a number of short articles/ essays ( provided) and write about half a page on each. 
When writing the notes, start with an overall understanding of the essay and take one or two quotes that may have caught your attention. It could be that you don’t fully understand them, argue with them or agree. Expand on them.

List of readings ( I submitted a file with all but Panofsky)
Baxandall, “The Period Eye,” from Painting and
Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy
Panofsky, Perspective as Symbolic Form (Sections
I-IV, pp. 27-72)
Sayre: Ch. 3 “Using visual information” from,
Writing About Art
Sontag: Against interpretation
Barthes: The Rhetoric of the Image
Baudelaire: The modern public and photography
Sontag: In Plato’s cave from “On Photography”
Ch. 7 from “Regarding the pain of others”
Siegfried Kracauer “Photography,” from Theory
of Film
Levi Strauss, David “Photography and
Propaganda” and “The Documentary Debate”
Ellul, Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes (pp. 6-87)
Baudelaire: The Painter of Modern Life (Sections
Gablik, CH. 2 from “Has Modernism failed?”
The Futurist Manifesto 
Greenberg, Avant-Garde and Kitsch
Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of its
Technological Reproducibility 
McLuhan, The Medium is the Message
Jameson, Post Modernism and Consumer Society
Debord, Society of the Spectacle (1- 34, 180-192)
Ranciére, The Emancipation of the Spectator
The Implosion of Meaning in the Media
Absolute Advertising, Ground-Zero Advertising.


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