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The Artsy Podcast, No. 14: Art History in Crisis

Artsy Editorial
Oct 27, 2016 10:30PM

Artsy’s team of editors takes you behind the scenes of the best stories in art.

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This week, we dissect the recent decision to eliminate art history A-level tests for high school students in the U.K. beginning in 2018. The announcement sparked outrage and debate among scholars, critics, and teachers in England—but it also raised bigger questions about how the subject is taught. Art history classrooms in both the U.K. and the U.S. are socioeconomically and racially divided, a reflection of the wider art world in many ways. Can the canon be revised to make art history relevant and accessible to a new generation?

This podcast is hosted by Artsy Editorial Associate Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Deputy Editor Alexander Forbes and Senior Editor Tess Thackara. It was produced by Editorial Associate Abigail Cain.


Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free

Cover image: Jeff Koons, Art Magazine Ads (Flashart, Art in America, Artforum, Arts), 1988, 1 of 4, courtesy of Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art.

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