Art and Politics: From Dada to the Present
This course enables students to gain a foothold within a broad art historical period, from late18th century. Romanticism to today, emphasising 20th century art, ideas and events that continue to shape critical tendencies in Contemporary Art...
Taught by: Richard Osborne.
This course enables students to gain a foothold within a broad art historical period, from late18th century. Romanticism to today, emphasising 20th century art, ideas and events that continue to shape critical tendencies in Contemporary Art. Rather than taking a chronological approach we will balance a variety of teaching modes -including seminars, lectures, film-screenings, presentations and activities. Thus students can take and develop what they personally need while working together and bonding as a friendly group.
We will visit London’s wealth of museum collections, temporary exhibitions and contemporary art shows and explore close readings of some classic texts (e.g. Walter Benjamin, Nicholas Bourriaud, Charles Baudelaire). Contemporary art and society may offer little in the way of certainty, coherence or orientation, but this course helps students with a wide range of backgrounds and career aims to develop skills in making meaningful connections between a range of artists, isms, ideas, socio-historical events and ethical issues.
Tutor: The tutor on this course changes depending on the course dates. Tutors’ biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is teaching a specific course, please contact us at Short Course Enquiries.
Richard Osborne is a lecturer in critical theory, art theory, philosophy and film at Camberwell, Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication. Author of ‘Film Theory for Beginners’ (2014) and ‘Philosophy for Beginners’ (1990) and some 25 other works on culture, art, philosophy, Britishness, and theories of the Universe. Richard presently teaches film theory at LCC.
There is no specific materials list for this course. A list will be sent nearer the time or materials will be discussed on the first day of the course.