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This course traces the twentieth-century rise of American painting, in relation to contemporary developments in Europe. Beginning with America's own art tradition and its initial responses to European Modernism, the course will capture the spirit of 1920s’ Realism and 1930s’ Regionalism and Social Realism before the outbreak of World War II. We will examine how the Abstract Expressionism of Pollock and Rothko made post-war New York the new centre of Western art. Finally, the course will consider 1960s’ Pop Art and the arrival of the post-modern climate.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
This course concentrates on twentieth-century American painting from the Armory Show in 1913 onwards. It considers the rise of American painting in relation to contemporary developments in Europe, from America's indigenous tradition and its initial responses to European Modernism, the Realism of Hopper, the Regionalism of Wood and Benton to the Abstract Expressionism of Pollock. The factors governing the triumph of American painting are examined. It then considers the works of Pop Art and Super-Realism and culminates in the post-modern climate of the 1990s.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: 2 written assignments of 3,500 words (30% each); 1 visual-based test of one hour (30%); class participation (10%).
Group and individual verbal and written feedback will be given on the seminar presentations and discussions.