The modern definition of painting, dating to the Renaissance, established certain basic assumptions about this art form. Although such notions remain dominant today, artists are constantly testing the boundaries. This class, taught in conjunction with the exhibition Painting at the Edge of the World, will begin with an examination of the traditional idea of painting, then will explore ways in which contemporary artists from around the globe have stretched the definition beyond its literal and conceptual edges. In slide-illustrated lectures and gallery tours, participants will examine ways that revisions such as unconventional materials and painting-as-performance challenge the traditional principles of the medium and assert the relevance of a broader definition of painting today.
PAINTING OVER THE EDGE IS OFFERED AS PART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA'S COMPLEAT SCHOLAR PROGRAM.