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Art And Politics: From Dada To The Present

Art And Politics: From Dada To The Present

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Gregory Williams


This course will help you make meaningful connections between a range of artists, movements, ideas, socio-historical events and ethical issues. We will cover a broad art historical period, from late18th century Romanticism to today.

Topics covered

  • You will explore 20th century art, ideas and events that continue to shape critical tendencies in contemporary art.
  • You will be able to relate those ideas and trends to the work of artists by visiting London’s museum collections, temporary exhibitions and contemporary art shows.
  • Plus, we will explore the readings of some classic art critics such as Walter Benjamin, Charles Baudelaire, and Nicholas Bourriaud.

Entry requirements: None, apart from an interest in art movements and the ideas underpinning them.

Level: Beginners

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.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Gregory Williams is an artist, theorist and lecturer, whose work examines the discursive potential of avant-garde drawing methodologies for developing philosophical and psychoanalytic notions of "repetition". He is currently undertaking an AHRC funded, practice-based PhD at the University of Manchester, entitled 'A Theory of Practice: The Value of Surrealist-Drawing for a Reassessment of Contemporary-Drawing'. In 2013 he completed an MA in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University. In 2009 he completed an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies at Goldsmiths College. In 2005, Gregory completed his undergraduate degree in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts.


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.

Available dates