Introduction to Theory of Fine Art(s)

Schedule

1 Introductory Lecture — What kind of theory is theory of fine art(s)

Wednesday, February 26th 2020

2 Theory of Fine Art(s) and 
the Subject of Theory of Fine Art(s)

Wednesday, March 4th 2020

3 Form and Content

Wednesday, March 25th 2020

4 Art and Typography — Architecture and Typography

Wednesday, April 1st 2020

5 Shape — Handwork — Essential Elements and Minimal Semantic Values

Wednesday, April 1st 2020

6 Perceptive Realisation of the Shape — Coloration, Illumination, (Superficial) Texture, Optical Density

Wednesday, 8th 2020

7 Shape — Craft — Shape Based System

Wednesday, April 15th 2020

8 Perceptive Realisation 
of Space — Coloration, illumination, (superficial) texture, optical density

Wednesday, April 22nd 2020

9 Shape — System — System Before the Shape — The Independent System

Wednesday, April 29th 2020

10 Color Theory — About Color and the Bright—Dark

Wednesday, April 6th 2020

11 Color Contrasts

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

12 Zone System — About personal (special) needs adapted theory of fine art(s)

Wednesday, May 20th 2020

13 The Art Of Multioriginals — Overview of the Key Definitions

Not this year

14 What is Art

Not this year

15 Conclusion — Critique of the Exercises

Wednesday, May 27th 2020

Literature

Walter Crane, Line and Form (1900)
Feldman, Edmund B., Varieties of Visual Experience, New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc.,1992.
Marjorie Elliot Bevlin, Design through Discovery, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963.
Graves, Maitland, The Art of Color and Design, London: Mc Graw Hill, 1951.
Kurtz, Bruce D., Visual Imagination. An introduction to art, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall Inc., 1987.
Lauer, David, Design Basics, London: Holt, Reinhart and Winston, 1979.
Solso, Robert L., Cognition and the Visual Arts, Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1994.

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Jim Krause: Design Basics Index; HOW Books, 2004.
Alex W. White: The Elements of Graphic Design; Allworth Press, 2011.
Poppy Evans, Mark A. Thomas: Exploring The Elements of Design (Design Exploration) by Poppy Evans; Cengage Learning, 2012.

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In German

Kocjančič, Gorazd, Snoj, Vid, Muhovič, Jožef: Über da Geistige in der Kunst — zum zweiten Mal, LIT, Wien, 2010.

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In Italian

Butina, Milan: Teoria Figurativa, Krea, 2007.

Exam – Essay

I am asking you to do a quick survey in your home country.
Find out who in your home country is working on the theory of (fine) art(s).
I am especially interested in theorists working after 1945.
Write a list of names.
Choose among them the one who you find the most interesting for you.
Present his concept in a spread sheet format. See examples.
Explain what is written in the spread sheet on five pages. (Page is 1800 characters including spaces.)

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1Jaroslav Volek 1923–1989
2Władysław Strzemiński 1893–1952
3Henry van de Velde 1863–1957