Introduction to Modern Art History (Online)
Online courses occur as 1.5 hour live sessions, during which time you will interact with your tutor, classmates and course content using in-built audio and video chat, instant messaging and the virtual work display area.
The twentieth century was one of the most important periods of history for the world of art, one so expansive that we still feel its effects today. The movements and artists of the Modern period set the tone for the Contemporary art that currently fills galleries and pushed artistic debate to reach new academic standards with its radical ideas...
Taught by: Theo Carnegy Tan.
The twentieth century was one of the most important periods of history for the world of art, one so expansive that we still feel its effects today. The movements and artists of the Modern period set the tone for the Contemporary art that currently fills galleries and pushed artistic debate to reach new academic standards with its radical ideas. Many are now familiar with some its most famous works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, but the historical narrative and formal concepts of Modern Art still confuse museum visitors and students every day.
This course is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to the field of Modern Art by studying in detail its most definitive artists and movements. Over our lectures we cover an immense amount of ground from the Impressionist revolution of the late 1800s to the showmanship of the YBAs. Through paintings, videos, manifestos and writings we unpick the reasons for and meanings behind each theme in order to gain a good understanding of how such art came about and why it was important. Some of the areas we cover include Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and many more. Each area is given specific attention individual lectures and notes are sent out after each class with the corresponding images. Discussion is encouraged and students will be asked to read texts before each class.
No prior knowledge of art history is required but the course is also suited to current or previous students of art history.
Week 1 - Anticipating Modern Art (The Academies, Symbolism, Impressionism)
Week 2 - Cubism and Paris as Intellectual Hub (Cubism, Cezanne, Picasso, Braque, etc)
Week 3 - Futurism, Defining Modernity (Marinetti, Boccioni, Futurist Manifestos, Fascism and Modernity)
Week 4- Expressionism in Germany (Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Die Brucke, etc)
Week 5- Abstraction (What is abstraction in painting and where does it begin? Kandinsky, Delauney, Kupka, Malevich etc)
Week 6- Constructivism, Bauhaus and De Stijl (Functional trends in Modern Art. El Lissitzky, Oskar Schlemmer, Mondriaan, etc)
Week 7 D- ada and Surrealism (Revolution and the Absurd, Andre Breton, Sophie Taeuber Arp, Tristan Tzara, Man Ray, Duchamp)
Week 8- Modern Art in America (Does America have its own Modernism? Mark Rothko, Peggy Guggenheim, Jackson Pollock, Whistler, Synchromism, etc)
Week 9- Pop Art and Conceptual Art (Mass Media, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, British Pop Art, Nam June Paik, Joseph Kosuth, etc)
Week 10 - Postmodernism and Contemporary Art, Transforming the Past (Art Today, Young British Artists, Art Market Culture, Jeff Koons, The End of Modernism, Postmodern Theory, Post-Internet Art)
(MA First, Westminster) before delivering talks at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art and beginning work with Central Saint Martins. He
currently writes critical articles and reviews for Times Quotidian, Be-Art and Blue Labyrinths.
An extensive reading list will be sent to each student at the beginning of the source recommending works by John Berger, Arthur Danto, Julian Stallabrass and literature by Modernist authors
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