Fine Arts | 20th Century Art
A342 | 2056 | Kennedy


The course will deal with selected artists and topics from 1900 to the
present. In addition to following the classic succession of art movements
and "stars" like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, and Andy
Warhol), we will consider the attempts of twentieth-century artists to
adapt  traditional forms like painting and sculpture to the conditions of
an industrialized  society and a mass culture. Key periods of focus will
be the years of painterly experiment  between 1905 and 1913, the divergent
streams of abstraction and realism in the 1920s and 1930s, the modernist
mainstream and its critics in the 1950s and 1960s, and the emergence of
new forms and new media in 1970s (earth art, conceptual and performance
art).

Textbook: Arnason, History of Modern Art (4th edition) plus study
materials posted on course web page. Three slide exams (identification and
brief essays).