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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Ken Carpenter

Media and Culture

University   York University
E-Mail Address   kcarpent@yorku.ca
Phone Number   (416) 736-2100, ext. 40332
Office Location   206 Burton
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.A. (Toronto); M.A. (California-Berkeley); Ph.D. (London)

Biography

Ken Carpenter is Professor of Art History and Criticism and a former Chair of the Department of Visual Arts. His extensive publication credits include one book, four catalogues and eighty-two articles in journals such as Art in America, Art International, Arts, Vie des arts, the Journal of Canadian Art History, Studio International, the Canadian Encyclopedia and the Dictionary of Art. Exhibitions he has curated include The Caro Connection: Sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro from Toronto Collections; The Heritage of Jack Bush, A Tribute (Robert McLaughlin Gallery), which toured extensively; and Caricature and Conscience: The Sculpture of Dora Wechsler (with Carolyn Robinson) for Toronto's Koffler Gallery.

Professor Carpenter has been guest critic at the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop and guest lecturer at numerous Canadian and American universities. He is a recipient of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association's award for excellence in teaching and is currently President of the Canadian Section of the International Association of Art Critics.

Research Interests

Professor Carpenter's research interests include the history, theory, and practice of art criticism, Canadian, American and European art since 1940, and the psychology of creativity.

Selected Publications

Entries on Graham Coughtry, Clement Greenberg, Harold Rosenberg, Dictionary of Art (London: Macmillan, 1996).

The Caro Connection, Sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro from Toronto Collections (Toronto: Koffler Gallery, 1995).

"Joseph Drapell Paints a Picture", Art Post 7:2 (Winter-Spring 1990).

"Triumph over Adversity" in Karen Wilkin, ed., Jack Bush (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1984), 84-97.

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan