"Few sites within the university open a richer critical reflection than that of the M.F.A., with its complex crossing of professionalism, theory, humanistic knowledge, and the absolute exposure of practice. Howard Singerman's Art Subjects does a magnificent job of both laying out our current crises, letting us see the shards of past practices embedded in them, and of demonstratingrendering urgent and discussablewhat it now means either to assume or award the name of the artist."Stephen Melville, author of Seams, editor of Vision and Textuality
"Art Subjects is a must read for anyone interested in both the education and status of the visual artist in America. With careful attention to detail and nuance, Singerman presents a compelling picture of the peculiarly institutional myth of the creative artist as an untaught and unteachable being singularly well adapted to earn a tenure position at a major research university. A fascinating study, thoroughly researched yet oddly, and movingly, personal."Thomas Lawson, Dean, Art School, CalArts
Both a product of the process [Singerman] describes and a contribution to its understanding-one that anyone interested in contemporary art will do well to read.