History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 374: Art Now

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Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Spring 2012

ARTH 374-002:
Art Now  —  Nicole De Armendi

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — 

This course will introduce the student to the critical issues and major artistic developments of art since 1945. Examining major works of art and the artistic contributions of particular artists who revolutionized art during the second half of the twentieth century, the student will gain a greater understanding of artistic trends and innovations that led aesthetic production in new directions during this period. Among the critical issues that will be considered are the new materials of art, the re-assessment of the art object, intersections of art and life, the shifting contexts of art, the concepts of “modernism” and “postmodernism,” the re-definition of “Art,” the changing role of the artist, the active spectator, and the politicization of art. Students will examine and discuss major artworks and related concepts in light of artist statements, writings by art critics, and prevalent theories of art. The course objective is to provide the student with the historical framework and theoretical tools with which to critically evaluate mid-to-late twentieth century art.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Explores visual art production since 1980, drawing on regional resources. Examines social, institutional, and political issues in recent art and its markets.

Notes:

Requires students to work collaboratively and make several field trips, including one Saturday bus trip to New York. Specific topics and assignments vary with the changing art season and instructor. Lecture, discussion.

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