Pop:  Baudelaire, Benjamin, Brillo

class 6 (oct. 9)

Modern art:  art engaged with popular culture, fashion, and/or consumer culture


  • Should art take popular culture as its subject matter?
  • Is fashion a model for art or culture?
  • What is the role of persona in art?
  • What should be done with the political ambiguity of these views of popular culture?
  • What is the role of history when art is concerned with the contemporary, the fleeting, and/or the ephemeral?  Has popular culture fundamentally changed over the course of the last century?
  • Is the modern world fragmentary?
  • Are these types of works images of “real” life or images of images?

Class 6