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Building on a long tradition of intellectual innovation, the Department of Art History at UCLA endorses an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to art history of all periods and places. By thinking across current categories and boundaries and critically interrogating art history itself, our students are encouraged to question the canon, to rethink the relationships between margins and centers, and to practice a socially and politically responsible art history.
Art is…
The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. —Paul Cézanne.
I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is. —Jean Michel Basquiat.
Art can lead to a new kind of knowledge of the world. —Svetlana Alpers.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination. —Henry David Thoreau.
Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said. —Louise Bourgeois.
[A] pictorial style gives access to the visual skills and habits and, through these, to the distinctive social experience. —Michael Baxandall.
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. —George Bernard Shaw.
To create, one must first question everything. —Eileen Gray.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. —Aristotle.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. —Oscar Wilde.
Being an artist now means to question the nature of art. —Joseph Kosuth.
The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration. —Frida Kahlo.
I dislike cults and isms. I want to paint in terms of my own thinking and feeling. —Georgia O’Keefe.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. —Thomas Merton.
I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that's why I made works of art. —Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit. —John Updike.
For Art and Joy go together, with bold openness, and high head, and ready hand, fearing nought, and dreading no exposure. —James McNeill Whistler.
There’s no diploma in the world that declares you as an artist—it’s not like becoming a doctor. You can declare yourself an artist and then figure out how to be an artist. —Kara Walker.
One never finishes learning about art...they seem to be as inexhaustible and unpredictable as real human beings. —E.H. Gombrich
[Art] is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings. —Leo Tolstoy
UCLA ART HISTORY PROFILE
Yve B. Chavez

From: Los Angeles, CA
UCLA Affiliation/Title: Ph.D. candidate. Colonial Latin American art,
Indigenous Arts of the Americas
Favorite Artwork: A True Tale, Diego Romero, 2005, clay and pigment,
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

Thus far, my most memorable academic moment was taking Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black’s graduate seminar on trade networks and materiality in the early modern Ibero-American world. Through this class I felt empowered to explain in my own research how the movement of ideas and materials in the early modern period influenced Indigenous artistic production in the California missions.

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