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Course Goals:

·         To provide an overview of the major works of modern art made in the first half of the 20th century

·         To place those works in the context of  major historical events and technological advances

·         To investigate the formal aspects of those works

·         To review various methods of defining (and questioning) the modern

Course Texts & Website:

·         Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois, and Benjamin Buchloh’s Art Since 1900, volume 1 (available at the BU Bookstore)

·         Herschel B. Chipp’s Theories of Modern Art (available at the BU Bookstore)

·         Other readings and images are available on the course website : http://www.taraward.net/ah391home

 

 

Week 1 - What is the Modern?  Modernism?  And why do we care?

 

Jan. 14

Welcome to the Modern:  Course Overview

 

Jan. 16

Before the Modern:  Renaissance, Academies, and R(r)ealism

·         Courbet

·         Manet

·         Charles Harrison, “Modernism,” Critical Terms for Art History, 142-155

 

 

Week 2 - Modernity and its Discontents

 

Jan. 19

NO CLASS

 

Jan. 21

History, Technology , and Art

Slide List

Timeline

·         Meyer Schapiro, “Nature of Abstract Art”

Jan. 23

Issue:  Is modern art about the new or a return to some kind of eternal truth?

Slide List

·         Robert Goldwater, “A Definition of Primitivism,” Primitivism in Modern Art, 250-271

·         Charles Baudelaire, Painter of Modern Life,  selections (only thru p. 18)

 

Week 3 – The Four Horsemen of the Modernist Apocalypse:  Van Gogh (Plague), Gauguin (War), Cezanne (Famine), and Seurat (Pestilence)

 

Jan. 26

Van Gogh & Gauguin:  The Irrational, an Introduction

 

Slide List

·         “1903,” (Foster et al 64-69)

·         Herbert Read, “The Origins of Modern Art,” A Concise History of Modern Painting, 10-31

·         Vincent Van Gogh, “Tropical Color” (Chipp 31); “My Brushstroke Has No System” (Chipp 32); “The Night Café” (Chipp 36-7); “The Bedroom” (Chipp 40-2)

·         Paul Gauguin et al, “Whence Do We Come? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” (Chipp 69-77); “Primitivism” (Chipp 83-4); “Life of a Savage” (Chipp 84-6)

Jan. 28

Seurat and Color Theory

Slide List

 

Jan. 30

Where Does Passage Lead: Cézanne

Slide List

·         Paul Cezanne, “The Cyclinder, the Sphere, The Cone . . .” (Chipp 18-19);”The Old Masters” (Chipp 21); “Intensity of Nature” (Chipp 22)

 

Week 4 – Wild Beasts and Armchairs:  Fauvism, Art Nouveau, and the Avant-Garde

 

Feb. 2

Issue:  What is the relationship between modern art and the avant-garde?

Slide List

·         Clement Greenberg, “Avant-Garde and Kitsch, ” Art and Culture:  Critical Essays, 3-21

Feb. 4

Art Nouveau

Slide List

·         William J. R. Curtis, “The Search for New Forms and the Problem of Ornament,” Modern Architecture Since 1900, 53-71

Feb. 6

Fauvism and Matisse

 Slide List

·         “1900b, ”“1906,” and “1910” (Foster et al 57-63, 70-77, 100-105)

·         Henri Matisse, “Notes of a Painter” (Chipp 130-7); “Testimonial” (Chipp 141-3)

 

Week 5 – Cubism from Multiple Points of View

 

Feb. 9

Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon and other origins of Cubism

Response Paper Due

 Slide List

·         “1907” (Foster et al 78-84)

Feb. 11

Analytic Cubism

Slide List

·         Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, “The Rise of Cubism” (Chipp 248-59)

Feb. 13

College and Synthetic Cubism

Slide List

·         “1911,” and “1912,” (Foster et al 106-117)

 

Week 6 – Cubism Outside the Box

 

Feb. 17

Substitute

Monday

Overview of Other Cubisms

 Slide List

·         Mark Antliff and Patricia Leighton, Cubism and Culture,64-110

Feb. 18

Orphism

Slide List

·         “1913” (Foster et al 118-124)

·         Robert Delaunay, “Letter to August Macke” (Chipp 317-8); “Letter to Wassily Kandinsky” (Chipp 318-9); “Light” (Chipp 319-20)

·         Fernand Léger, “The Aesthetic of the Machine” (Chipp 277-9); “A New Realism--the Object” (Chipp 279-80)

Feb. 20

Futurism

Slide List

·         F. T. Marinetti et al, “The Foundation and Manifesto of Futurism” (Chipp 284-9); “Futurist Painting:  Technical Manifesto” (Chipp 289-93)

·         “1909” (Foster et al 90-99)

 

Week 7 – Paris Beyond Cubism

 

 

Feb. 23

Not Everyone was a Cubist

Slide List

 

·         http://www.metmuseum.org/TOAH/hd/scpa/hd_scpa.htm

·         Ken Silver, The Circle of Montparnasse, selections PART 1 & PART 2

Feb. 25

Simultaneity

Slide List

 

Feb. 27

Quiz

 

 

Week 8 – German Expressionism

 

Mar. 2

Die Brucke

Slide List

 

·         Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, “Chronik der Brucke” (Chipp 174-8)

·         “1908” (Foster et al 85-89)

Mar. 4

Der Blaue Reiter

 

Slide List

·         Wassily Kandinsky, “The Effect of Color” (Chipp 152-5); “On the Problem of Form” (Chipp 155-70)

·         Franz Marc, “How Does a Horse See the World?” (Chipp 178-9); “Aphorisms” (Chipp 180-2)

Mar. 6

Issue:  What is abstraction?

Abstract Due

·         Charles Harrison, “Abstraction,” Primitivism, Cubism, Abstraction:  The Early Twentieth C entury

·         “MoMA and Alfred H. Barr, Jr.” (Foster et al 221)

·         “Roger Fry (186-1934) and the Bloomsbury Group” (Foster et al 73)

 

Mar. 9, 11, 13 - No Class

Spring Break

 

Week 9 – Art and the War to End All Wars

 

Mar. 16

WWI & its Affects on the Arts

Slide List

 

·          “1919” (Foster et al 160-167)

·         Ken Silver, “Cleaning Up After the Great War,” Artforum (March 1977), 56-63.

Mar. 18

Purism and Le Corbusier

Slide List

·         Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture, selections

·         “1925a” (Foster et 196-201)

Mar. 20

De Stijl and Mondrian

Slide List

·         “1917” (Foster et al 148-153)

·         Piet Mondrian, “Natural Reality and Abstract Reality” (Chipp 321-3); “Plastic Art and Pure Plastic Art” (Chipp 349-62); “Statement” (chip 362-4)

·         Theo van Doesburg, “Introduction to Volume II of De Stijl” (Chipp 324-5)

 

Week 10 – The Bauhaus and Your House

 

Mar. 23

Bauhaus I:  Methods

Slide List

 

·         “1923” (Foster et al 185-189)

Mar. 25

Bauhaus II:  Applications

Slide List

·         Kenneth Frampton, “The Bauhaus:  the Evolution of an Idea, 1919-1932,” Modern Architecture:  a Critical History, 123-9

Mar. 27

Issue:  What is design and how does it relate to traditional media?

Slide List

·         Clement Greenberg, “Towards a Newer Laocoon”

·         Walter Gropius, “Principles of Bauhaus Production” and “Programme of the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar”

 

Week 11 – Russia

 

Mar. 30

Pre-Revolutionary Developments in Russian Art & a Brief History of the Revolution

Slide List

 

Apr. 1

Malevich vs. Tatlin; Supremativism vs. Constructivism

Slide List

·         “1914” and “1915” (Foster et al 125-134)

·         Kasimir Malevich, “Introduction to the Theory of the Additional Element in Painting” (Chipp 337-41); “Suprematism” (Chipp 341-9)

Apr. 3

Consumer Products and the Soviet State:  The Transition to a New Way of Life at the 1925 Decorative Arts Fair

Slide List

·         “1921” (Foster et al 174-179)

 

Week 12 – Dada

 

Apr. 6

Dada (NY & Zurich)

Slide List

·         “1916a,” (Foster et al 135-141)

·         Tristan Tzara, “Lecture on Dada” (Chipp 385-9)

·         Marcel Duchamp, “Apropos of Readymades”

·         Marcel Duchamp, “The Case for R. Mutt”

Apr. 8

Dada (Duchamp)

Slide List

·         Linda Henderson, “The Large Glass Seen Anew,” Leonardo, 113-126

·         Review “1914,” “1918,” and “1935” (Foster et al 125-129, 154-159, and 271-275)

Apr. 10

Dada (Hannover & Berlin)

Slide List

·         “1920” and “1926” (Foster et al 168-173 and 208-211)

 

Week 13 – Transitions of the 1920s

 

Apr. 13

Movie Break:  Entr’acte and Chien Andulou

 

Apr. 15

Neue Sachlichkeit

Slide List

·         “1925b” (Foster et al 202)

Apr. 17

Precisionism and the Machine Aesthetic

Slide List

·         “1927c” (Foster et al 220-225)

 

Week 14 – Surrealism

 

Apr. 20

No Class

 

Apr. 22

Autonomism

Slide List

·         “1922,” and “Psychoanalysis in modernism and as method” (Foster et al 180-184, 15-21)

·         Andre Breton, “Surrealism and Painting” (Chipp 402-9); “What is Surrealism?” (Chipp 410-7)

Apr. 23

Substitute Monday

Found Objects

Slide List

·         “1924,” “1927a,” and “1931” (Foster et al 190-195, 212-215, 250-254)

Apr. 24

Bataille

Slide List

Final Paper Due

·         “1930b” (Foster et al 245-248

·         George Bataille et al, Encyclopaedia Acephalica, selections

 

Week 15 – Political Art in the 1930s

 

Apr. 27

Political Art in the 1930s

Slide List

·         “1933” (Foster et al 255-259);

     “1934a” and “1937a” (Foster et al 260-265, 281-285)

Apr. 29

Issue:  What is Modern Art?

Slide List

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