Many people feel that Modern Art, from 1900 to the present day, is more difficult to understand than art of the past. By looking at and discussing a wide range of works, this course will aim to provide guidelines about how to understand and appreciate Modern Art better and how to discover continuity between the art of earlier periods and our own.
This course will seek to provide guidelines about how to look at modern art, from 1900 to the present day, in an open-minded, critical and analytical way. We shall aim to provide answers to some of the questions most commonly asked about Modern Art of both the earlier and later periods. Why does it appear so different from the art of the past? How should we approach it? What were the changing ideas, which were intended to alter our view of what a work of art could be? Why is craftsmanship apparently a thing of the past? And what are the main issues to be considered in contemporary art?
We shall try to understand why Modern Art happened and some of the cultural, philosophical and historical reasons for it. We shall become more familiar with concepts like Collage and Installation, and discuss why divisions between painting, sculpture, architecture and design have become blurred, making many works hard to categorise. We shall also see that some artists have continued with traditional subject matter, techniques and methods, thus making continuity between art of the past and our own time.
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