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DD3005

 

DD3005 Survey of Modern Art, 1900-1945

[Lecture: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: Nil; Academic Unit: 4.0]

Pre-requisite

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Nil

Academic Unit

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4 AU

Course Description

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Learning Objective

To introduce to the student the canon of modern art history. To present modern art history within a broader socio-historical context.

Content

This course examines the many developments in art which took place under the banner of Modernism in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. Students will be introduced to diverse examples of early twentieth-century visual material and the socio-political and historical contexts in which they were produced. Broadly chronological in approach, a number of historical movements (including, but not limited to, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dada and Surrealism) will be explored alongside the work of individual artists. The influence of modernist thought and aesthetics upon different areas of artistic production will also be highlighted, as will the relationship between art and politics and the impact of nationalism, colonialism, primitivism and urbanism upon art.

 

Course Outline

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Topic​

1

Introduction to Modern Art

2

Post Impressionism and Arts and Crafts Movement

3

Die Brücke and Fauvism

4

Expressionism

5

Cubism

6

Futurism and Rayonism

7

Fantastic Art and Metaphysical painting

8

Blaue Reiter, Vorticism and Suprematism

9

Dadaism

10

De Stijl and Bauhaus

11

Art Deco and The International Style I

12

Constructivism

13

Surrealism

Learning Outcome

The students will be familiar with the key figures and dates of modern art history. They will also have a familiarity with how to place modern art in context to the local and historical circumstances of its manufacture. The student will also have been introduced to the naissance of crucial themes and ideas still relevant to contemporary times.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2.  Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments​

Textbooks/References

  1. Wood, Paul, The Challenges of the Avant-garde, Yale University Press, 1999.

  2. Paul Wood, Varieties of Modernism, Yale University Press

  3. Perry Gill, Charles Harrison, Francis Frascina, Primitivisim, Cubism, Abstraction: the Early Twentieth Century, Yale University Press

  4. Nikos Stangos (Ed), Concepts of Modern Art: From Fauvism to Postmodernism, Thames and Hudson

  5. Herschel Chipp (Ed), Theories of Modern Art, University of California Press

  6. Paul Wood, Steven Edwards, Art of the Avant Garde, Yale and Open University Press

  7. E H Gombrich, The Story of Art, Phaidon Press

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