Radicalism in Visual Art

Subject 673-316 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: For BCA students 12.5 points of interdisciplinary subjects at first year level or equivalent. For BA students 12.5 points of first year art history subjects.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: Lecture topics and subject content will be selected from the following: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood; Joris-Karl Huysmans, Symbolism and the Theories of Mario Praz and Carlo Lentricchia; Antoni Gaudi and Alternative Architecture; Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, Pablo Picasso and Cubism; Tristan Tzara and the Dadaist Spirit of Revolt; Andre Breton, Surrealism and the Psychology of the Imagination; Art and the Impact of Photography; Clement Greenburg, Kitsch and Pop Art; Jackson Pollock, Carl Jung and Abstract Expressionism; Feminism and Frida Kahlo; Francis Bacon and Existentialism; Irving Goffman and the Sculptural Tableaux of the 1970s.
  • possess a developed and analytical understanding of the work of selected theorists and artists in the Twentieth Century;
  • possess a broadened awareness of the nexus between aesthetics and artistic practice in the Twentieth Century;
  • possess a conceptual grasp of the aims, precepts and motivations of selected artists and theorists;
  • be able to make informed critical judgments about the art of the Twentieth Century.
Assessment: Written work equivalent to 4000 words comprising an essay of 2000 words 60% (due at the end of semester), a seminar class presentation of 30 minutes duration comprised of a verbal presentation 10% together with a written synoptic paper of 1,500 words 20% (both of which are due in class through individual negotiation), and regular attendance and satisfactory participation in tutorials and workshops 10%. Minimum 80% attendance (hurdle requirement).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • research through competent use of library and other information sources, and through defining areas of enquiry and methods of research;
  • demonstrate time management, independent organisational and planning;
  • communicate knowledge in oral, written and or/creative form.
Notes: Formerly available as 760-231 Radicalism in 20th Century Art. Students who have previously completed Radicalism in 20th Century Art are not eligible to enrol in this subject. BA students may credit this subject to an Art History major.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts
Diploma in Creative Arts

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