Theories of Art Practice B (THAP1202)


The Avantgarde
This unit is designed to inform students about Twentieth Century modernism and avantgarde culture, and to make connections with Nineteenth Century art and culture. Lectures and tutorials address ideas and practices that are fundamental knowledge for visual arts practitioners: the concepts of modern art and the modern artist; the modern world and the impact of the city, travel, and colonization on artistic production; the influence of the Romantic Movement; the impact of modern technologies on art; the politics of vision; the gendering of aesthetics.

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Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 80 hrs


500 word essay (30%); 1,500 word essay (70%)


Burger, Peter, The Theory of the Avant Garde, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 1984
Chipp H.B., and Herscel, B., (Eds.) Theories of Modern Art, Berkeley, University of California, 1968
Crary, J., Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the 20th Century, Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, 1991
Smith, T., Making the Modern: Industry, Art and Design in America, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1993
Wilk, Christopher (Ed), Modernism: Designing a new world 1914-1939, London, V & A Publications, 2006

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MSTD1112, MSTD1123, CADR1002, and THAP1212

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