Drawing examples from 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century art, noted art historian Richard Shiff investigates a number of cases in which the capacity of a particular medium to resolve an image seems to be tested. Shiff examines experimental landscape photography from the middle of the 19th-century as well as the work of Cézanne, Seurat and van Gogh which resulted in debates over the proper relationship of a representational image to the abstract marks that constitute it. If the marks became a distraction, Shiff proposes, the image might be lost. He also looks at the work of Cy Twombly, Frank Stella, Sol LeWitt, Chuck Close, Vija Celmins, Christopher Wool, Jim Campbell and Ewan Gibbs. Richard Shiff is the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art at The University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the Center for the Study of Modernism. Presented by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.